Cats and how to keep them out of your garden

If there is one problem that we get more phones call about than any other garden pest, it is cats. And generally speaking, it is a neighbours cat that has taken a liking to your garden and decided to use it as a toilet. It’s unpleasant, smells, carries bacteria and you want to get rid of it. However, cats are free spirits and they go where they want to. So how can you deter a cat from entering your garden?

There are several option available, some better than others. The electronic Ultrasonic Cat  Repellers tend to give excellent results that you can see almost straight away. Firstly, you need to ask yourself if there is anything in your garden that might be attracting cats. The main attraction for a cat is birds. If you feed birds, a cat will see your bird table or bird feeder as a fast food take-away. And a cats motivation to catch birds can be far greater than the deterrent effect of any electronic device.

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ultrasonic repeller 100ft range

To help break the cycle of a cat repeatedly entering your garden, it is best to stop feeding the birds for a couple of weeks when you first install the repeller. By doing this, it will greatly increase the chances of the ultrasonic repeller having a lasting effect on the cat. Once the cat thinks that there are no more birds in your garden, it will be less inclined to hang around and the ultrasonic noise will then chase the cat away.

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Apart from ultrasonic repellers, you can try using cat repeller rods. These are small plastic rods about 6″ long that are impregnated with citronella and you push them into the soil. Some cats don’t like the smell and keep away from that area. But if you have a large garden or flower bed, it might be impractical to fill the whole area.

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Another weapon in the arsenal at your disposal are Prickle strips. These are plastic strips that have pointed spikes. You either fasten them to a fence, or bury them under the surface of the soil. It will only take the cat a couple of painful  attempts at jumping onto the fence before it will stop. The spikes are not dangerous, just unpleasant and stops the cat using the fence as a launching platform into your garden.

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You can find a complete range of cat deterrents here.

Prikka-Strip Cat & Squirrel repeller / repellent fence spike

We have added a couple of new deterrent products to keep Cats, Dogs and Squirrels away from your garden. They are quick and easy to install and not harmful to the animals at all. The products come in two types. One is supplied in strips for fastening along the top of a fence and the other is called a Dig Stopper, (£10.99) which you bury in the soil. Both types of Prickle Strip are made from moulded plastic that has spikes or “prickles” protruding. The spikes are not harmful, but they are designed to cause maximum discomfort.


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If you have a cat that keeps using your flower bed as a toilet, or a dog that keeps burying his favorite toy, the Dig Stopper might be the answer you are looking for.

The Prikka strips will deter a cat from jumping into your garden from a fence. You simply fasten it to the top of your fence with either wood screws or use a silicone sealant that you can get from any DIY store.

For more information on Prikka Strip, CLICK HERE

For more information on Dig Stopper, CLICK HERE

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