Keeping Cats Out of Your Garden
Cats in the garden are generally not a good thing. They are less likely than dogs to flop on plants, crushing them. And much more likely to use the garden as a litter box. This is never a pleasant discovery for the gardener and especially so if you garden without gloves.
Whether your own cat is causing the problem, or a neighborhood cat is the culprit, the goal isn’t to hurt the animal. It’s to make the cat(s) go elsewhere and leave your garden for the plants. The best way to do that is to make some aspect of your space unpleasant for the cats.
There are three basic ways to make garden beds uninviting for cats: smell, taste and touch. Touch is the least attractive approach for animals you otherwise like because this relies on getting some irritating substance on the cat’s body.
Taste works if the cat chews on plants but many felines don’t. So this isn’t effective in many cases.
That leaves smell and this is the best approach in most cases. By spritzing plants with a repellent that smells bad or scary to cats, they are encouraged to move elsewhere. Our experience has shown that one of the most effective products to repel cats is a solution that gives the impression that a predator is nearby. Cats sniff the area and think, “This doesn’t seem like a safe area to hang out” and they leave. Nobody is hurt.
If you prefer a repellent that simply smells unpleasant to cats, there are ones make with oils that cats find repulsive: citronella, garlic and cinnamon oils.
Whether your cat or someone else’s, it’s probably not welcome in the garden.
Either way, your days of finding unwelcome things “planted” in your garden by cats are over!
See all repellent options here.