4 Ways to Keep Cats Out of a Garden

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4 Ways to Keep Cats Out of a Garden
4 Ways to Keep Cats Out of a Garden

You love your garden and unfortunately it seems like all the cats in the neighborhood love it too. If you've noticed that they often use the garden as a litter box or chew on some of the plants, you're likely to be very eager to find a way to chase them away. To do this, it is possible to create a physical barrier, make the place unpleasant or simply scare them away. If all else fails, try to make amends and call for a truce, creating a specific area for the cats to use.


Method 1 of 4: Creating a Physical Barrier

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Step 1. Create obstacles along the way using plastic forks or wooden skewers

If cats can't find enough space to move, scratch, and dig in the ground, they'll look elsewhere to use as a toilet. Grow plants with thorns or add forks, skewers and similar objects (approximately 25 cm long) at a distance of 20 cm from each other to annoy them.

  • Bury the objects a few inches deep into the ground so that they stand firmly upright.
  • The edges of these utensils are not sharp enough to injure the animals, but they are cumbersome enough to discourage them from walking around.
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Step 2. Place a nursery screen on the ground

Place a normal nursery screen on the ground (easily found in hardware stores) before the plants are born. Plants can usually grow between the openings, but cats find it unpleasant to walk on the wire texture. The canvas is "soft" enough not to hurt the animals, but tough enough to discourage them from digging in your garden.

  • If the plants need more space to grow, use pliers to create larger openings directly over the needed location.
  • As an alternative to the nursery net, use a specific plastic cover for gardens.
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Step 3. Place truss panels on the ground

The panels must be placed before sowing any plant. The openings in the trellises make the place unpleasant for the cats.

  • Gently press the panel onto the ground so that it is partially covered with dirt.
  • Plant seedlings or seeds directly into exposed soil through the openings. Over time, some common garden plants will grow around the panel without difficulty.
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Step 4. Cover the floor with a material that is uncomfortable to the touch

Cats don't like to dig or play on rough surfaces, so cover some areas of the yard with a thin layer of materials such as:

  • Organic matter with rough texture;
  • Prickly pine cones;
  • Stones and gravel.
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Step 5. Cover the exposed soil with a "Scat Mat"

This type of mat (available at garden supply stores) is a plastic mat covered with flexible spines made of the same material. The thorns are soft and don't hurt cats, but they don't like the texture of the rug and so tend to pull away.

  • Depending on the brand, the rugs are sold in packs containing two to five units. Generally, they are cut into four pieces, making it easy to fit according to the size of the garden.
  • Mats should not simply be dropped on the ground. It is necessary to press them so that they are slightly covered, leaving only the thorns exposed. Otherwise, a smart cat might dig it up with its paws.
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Step 6. Install a fence to create a physical barrier

Cats are persistent animals and can sneak into many places. However, a fence about 1.80 meters high, with a mesh of five centimeters, is able to keep them out of the garden. For added protection, make a slanted screen projection, about two feet long, on top of the fence.

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Step 7. Install a low voltage electric fence

An electric fence on the perimeter of the garden can fence the pussies very effectively. As long as it is of low voltage, the electrical discharge will not harm the animals, it will only frighten them. The fence can be placed just 10 cm from the ground that will still be able to scare them away.

  • Look for electric fences at hardware stores or home improvement stores. Remember to carefully follow all installation and safety instructions.
  • Keep children away from the fence.

Method 2 of 4: Deterring Cats with the Power of Smell

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Step 1. Grow plants with strong odors

Cats do not like certain types of plants and try to avoid them when possible. Cultivating them will make the entire surrounding area unpleasant for the local feline population. Try planting one or more of these varieties near your garden, interspersed with existing plants, or in any other area that should not be disturbed by felines.

  • Lavender;
  • Rue;
  • Geranium;
  • Wormwood;
  • Lemon thyme;
  • Roses with thorns;
  • Coleus canina, also known as "scary plant".
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Step 2. Use dried herbs or scented oils

If you don't want to grow herbs or other plants to keep cats away, spread the dried versions or spray the essential oils derived from these plants all over your garden for the same effect.

  • You can find dried rue and lavender online or at garden supply stores. Essential oils of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, citrus and eucalyptus are available in some supermarket chains or in health and beauty stores.
  • Try rubbing some of the oils on the edge of the potted plants.
  • If you cannot find the herbs or essential oils, you can get similar results by spreading cayenne pepper in the same way as described above.
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Step 3. Spread citrus peels throughout the garden

Most cats hate citrus scents. A quick and easy solution is to spread fresh or dehydrated lemon, orange and grapefruit rinds over the ground. The cats will not be harmed at all, but the smell will make them look for a more pleasant place.

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Step 4. Try using coffee grounds or pipe tobacco

Like the citrus aroma, the smells of coffee and tobacco are repugnant to the vast majority of cats. Simply spread a thin layer of coffee grounds or tobacco directly onto the ground.

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Step 5. Spray a commercial repellent that contains a predator's urine

This type of product can be found at many garden supply stores. Look for a "natural" repellent that has the urine of foxes or other predatory animals in its formula.

These products have natural ingredients that keep other animals away, such as squirrels and rabbits. Always follow the instructions for use carefully

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Step 6. Spread strands of your own hair around the garden

Theoretically, wild cats don't like the smell of human hair. Consequently, it is possible to keep them away simply by leaving a few strands of hair around the yard.

  • Remove the strands of hair from brushes and combs, or ask your hairdresser to save some locks for you. Then spread them out in bushes around the perimeter of the area.
  • This method does not usually work against domesticated cats (including your own pet), as they are already used to the smell of human hair.
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Step 7. Wash the yard to remove animal odor

If a cat has already marked territory in the garden, it will be necessary to eliminate its scent before it will consider going anywhere else. Sprinkling or spraying some plain white vinegar all over the area the cat has tried to "claim" will discourage the cat from going through it again.

Method 3 of 4: Keeping Cats Away With Scares

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Step 1. Spray water with a hose

If you are careful, you may be able to simply scare cats with a hose whenever they try to use the garden. These animals can be trained and, through persistence, this can be enough to permanently scare them away.

Be careful when spraying water with the hose. Most cats don't like water, so a quick, gentle spray is usually enough - you don't need to use high-powered beaks or soak the invading animal

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Step 2. Use a motion sensor irrigator

Motion-activated sprinklers are available at home supply stores. When a feline passes by, the movement triggers the sprinkler which, in turn, fires jets of water. Since most cats don't like to get wet, this is a very effective method of getting them away. For proper operation, install the devices on the perimeter of the garden.

Irrigators can be installed temporarily or permanently

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Step 3. Use an ultrasonic device

These devices emit a high-frequency beep that felines hate but is imperceptible to humans. Like sprinklers, they are motion activated. Therefore, when a cat approaches, it is startled by the high-frequency sound and runs away. Look for these devices at pet supply stores and use them to create a "barrier" around your garden.

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Step 4. Adopt a dog

Cats will not stay in areas where they do not feel protected. For this reason, a dog that chases them is capable of driving them out of the yard.

Method 4 of 4: Making a Peace Offering

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Step 1. Make a sandbox

You can build an alternative cat litter box using a new or old litter box that is at least the same size as a large litter box. Fill it with soft, fine-grained sand (can be purchased in large quantities at hardware and home improvement stores), which is the type of sand that cats prefer. With luck, the pussies will feel more motivated to use the box to do their needs.

  • Remember to clean it regularly as cats will return to using the garden if it is too full.
  • Keep young children away and teach them that they cannot play there.
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Step 2. Attract the cats to an exclusive garden

If you want to keep cats out of the yard, but don't mind that they frequent other areas of the yard, try creating an area just for them. Cats are attracted to places surrounded by certain types of plants and, with luck, will leave the rest of the yard alone. Choose a small space and grow one or more of the non-toxic plants listed below:

  • Cat weed (Nepeta cataria);
  • Neveda (Nepeta mussinii);
  • Cat thyme (Teucrium marum);
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis);
  • Chlorophyte, also known as "Gravatinho" (Chlorophytum comosum).
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Step 3. Move the bird feeder around

If you have a bird feeder near the garden, move it to a farther area. It should be hung at a height where it is impossible for the cat to reach. Otherwise, the bird that visits you will be in more trouble than your garden has ever been.

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