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June 06, 2014 2 min read

I am often asked how to keep cats away from yards and gardens. This article will cover cat repellents, their uses and methods of detouring cats away from property. Why would a cat lover use a cat repellent? Outside cat will use a garden or flower beds as their very own litter box. Cat will walk on cars, chase birds away from man made feeders and spray areas marking their territory. For indoor cats, the mere presence of a strange cat within sight or smell can trigger stress related behaviors or cause health problems for your indoor pets.

Indoor cats are territorial the same as outdoor cats and control all they can see even through the window. Feeding your own outdoor cats can also provide a food source for strays. Attracting unwanted felines can have serious consequences for your own pets. Stray cats may carry fleas and disease leaving your cat susceptible. Consider inviting you cat inside for feeding time.

Cats are very unpredictable and there are few effective sure-fire cat repellent products on the market. We will consider some of the best approaches known to keep cats away from your yard and garden. There are several methods designed to repel unwanted feline intruders from a specific area. Choosing the best product can be confusing at best.

Some cat repellent plants give off smells that cats dislike. One such plant “scared cat plant” rue, lavender and penny royal are often recommended as an effective cat repellent. Other products may contain citric acid, eugenol, garlic oil, sls, cinnamon oil, citronella oil and geranoil.

Cats don’t like walking on bristly material. When mulching problem bed area, consider something on which the refined paws of cats will fear to tread, such as sharp-edged pine cones. A prickly cutting from holly leave’s, rose clippings, pine cones, or other prickly material will help to deter keep cat paws at bay.

Stone mulch is a natural cat repellent. It may not be attractive; most cats prefer to poop in loose dirt opposed to hard surfaces. Cats will usually stay clear of an area mulched in stone or gravel. They’d rather be on ground where digging is easier on their paws.

Wash outside walls and structure down removing urine spray or the cats will return to refresh the scent. Never use bleach which the smell attractive to cats and will increase spraying. Enzyme-based odor neutralizers can be expensive but are the best option when repelling cats.

Commercial cat repellent products come in different variations and typically can be sprinkled or sprayed on the ground or effective area keeping cats away. Do your own research and compare product ingredients. Look for a product that contains citric acid, eugenol, garlic oil, soap, cinnamon oil, citronella oil and geranoil.