Do cat repellents work?

Not all people are cat lovers and even cat lovers may need to keep feline intruders away from a specified area. Oftentimes gardens are one of the areas off limits to cats. The abhorrent odor of cat poop takes away the pleasure of smelling the roses. Gardening is a therapeutic activity for a lot of people. But who would not be irked if the hand rake or the trowel managed to disclose cat poop loosely covered with soil and dried leaves. Cats have the habit of digging to cover their feces. This habit should make gardeners glad unless the soil that the cat has dug is where a prized plant was planted. Cat urine is another concern as they can make unsightly brown patches on an otherwise lush lawn. Cat repellents would be the answer to these concerns but do they really work? Some cat repellents would work…others would not be effective in shooing away the cat. An avid gardener simply needs to find out which of these repellents can effectively prevent cats from accessing prohibited areas.

What are these cat repellents? Cat repellents are anything that can be used to keep cats out of the garden and to prevent these animals from using the garden as their litter box. A secure fence, one without gaps would only prevent the neighbor’s cats and other stray cats from entering the garden but not the resident cat. To resolve this concern, it would be best to think as cats do. Most cats consider dogs as their mortal enemies. A dog in the yard will surely keep cats away. Cats hate water thus water can be an effective cat repellent. Every time cats are about to do their businesses in the garden or in the yard use the garden hose to give the cat a good drenching. The shower would probably do the cat good. Of course, people would not have the time to watch out for the cat all the time. A better alternative is a motion activated water sprinkler. Cats that come around will receive a free shower. Cats are anything but dumb. One or two drenching will be enough to make the cats learn the lesson to avoid the area.

If we humans detest cat poop smell, there are also some smells that cats hate. Some plants make effective cat repellents because their smells are disliked by cats. One such plant is the Coleus canina which is commonly known as scaredy cat plant. The scent of this plant is repulsive to cats. A few strategically placed pots of scaredy cat plants would stop cats from frequenting the garden.

If these homemade methods of repelling the cat do not work, the next recourse would be to use commercial cat repellents. Foxes and coyotes are cats’ predators. The urine scent of these animals would make cats scamper for dear life. Manufacturers have ingeniously formulated cat repellent granules that have the odor or fox and coyote urine. Spraying the substance on the prohibited area will give the cats the feeling that predators are nearby. Repellent evaporator containing puffed rice impregnated with orange and lemon scented oils is another method of driving cats away. Cats will be kept out of the garden because they sure hate these scents. Cats will be prevented from fouling the garden with ultrasonic devices that give off a high frequency sound that cannot be heard by humans but very annoying to cats. Some of these ultrasonic devices would operate continuously. Others have infra red detectors that will be triggered by movements twenty feet away to release the high pitched sound.

Cats can be prevented from accessing prohibited area by planting catnips on the far side of the garden. The cats would not foul the garden as they have their very own catnip patch.