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I have no problem with cats, and enjoy snuggling with a fine feline friend at the end of a hard day’s graft.
But, I don’t like cats on my lawns.
Unfortunately most cats like to use neighbouring gardens as lavatories, often instead of doing the deed on their own doorstep. They also like to eat the grass, like having a salad with the beautiful sparrow they have just murdered! Yep, cats are a catastrophic influence on our wildlife too, and estimated to kill 55 million birds each year and a total of around 275 million animals.
When the remains of these animals comes out the other end, it causes more problems in the garden. Cat faeces is not only really stinky, but it can carry harmful parasites, and is often buried in a hole in the flowerbeds which really messes up the border. Cat urine is equally smelly and equally damaging. The nitrogen in it can be absorbed into the lawn, and cause dead patches.
So if you’re sick of cats pissing and pooing on your lawn, and wondering why your neighbours can’t teach them to use a litter tray, it’s time to take back control and free yourself from having to deal with this unpleasant problem.
Here are some of the best cat deterrents to prevent cats from entering your garden and messing up your prized lawn. Be aware that while these products might work alone, for best results you should combine them to fortify your whole garden against those beastly felines!
Table of Contents
- Which is the Best Cat Deterrent for Your Lawn?
- Best cat deterrent with flashing lights and sound
- Best cat deterrent for fences
- Best chemical cat deterrent for plants and flower beds
- Cat Deterrent FAQ
Which is the Best Cat Deterrent for Your Lawn?
I looked at all the most popular cat repellers, and considered the quality and effectiveness. The following three options are the best cat deterrents.
Cat Deterrent FAQ
Here are answers to some of the most common questions about deterring cats from your garden.
Does catnip work as a deterrent?
Catnip actually contains nepetalactone, a chemical that often attracts cats. It won’t work as a deterrent, but perhaps you could convince your cat-owning neighbours to fill their own garden with catnip so their cats will roll around there instead of entering your territory.
Are cat deterrent spikes legal?
Cat spikes are legal, assuming they are not harmful to the cat. If a cat is injured as a result of your spikes, you may have a problem.
Are coffee grounds a cat deterrent?
Cats hate coffee grounds. They simply can’t abide that lovely earthy smell. So you could also try scattering coffee grounds in problem areas to keep cats away.
Will cat deterrents affect other animals?
Both cats and dogs can hear high frequencies, so an ultrasonic cat repeller might also repel dogs. Foxes, rodents, moles and other critters might also be affected. Sonic deterrents are not thought to affect birds.