How Do I Keep Cats Away From My Yard and Off My Property?
As much as we may adore cats, stray and feral felines can be detrimental to your yard if they make a habit of visiting and staying. They can make your yard their personal litter box, attack any pets, and spread parasites and fleas. This article will offer some advice on how to dissuade stray cats from invading your yard.
How to Keep Cats Away From Your Yard
Here are some measures you can take to discourage cats from coming into your yard.
- Remove any food from the yard. Cats are likely attracted to any type of feed in your yard. Avoid feeding any pets outside and make sure any trash with food scraps is properly covered and sealed. Wash any grills to remove the odor of food.
- Create a rough area in your garden. Cats enjoy soft surfaces. Making your garden more prickly could stop them from visiting. Your garden bed could have twigs, pebbles, or chicken wire.
- Block off any shelter. Cats like to find shelter where they can raise their young. Board up any openings in your sheds or garage. You should also cover any opening to any decks or patios.
- Wash down their favorite spots. Cats like to spray to mark their territory. Hosing down the area where they like to congregate will eliminate their odor.
- Set up a security system to scare them. There are lights, sprinklers, and sirens available that are motion-activated. These are very effective at scaring cats away. I have personally used these to get effective results. Orbit sprinklers
Plants That Can Keep Cats Off Your Property
There are some plants out there that can keep cats out of your garden. It is believed that they give off scents that cats dislike. Here are some potential plants you can add to your garden to protect your flowers.
- Coleus canina (Scaredy cat plant)
- Lemon thyme
Natural Cat Repellents
There are numerous things you can put in your yard that can keep feral cats away. All of these are natural repellents that are safe to use.
- Blood meal fertilizer: Cats dislike the smell of dried blood that is found in this fertilizer. It can keep cats away and make the plants in your garden more green and lush.
- Scented oils and herbs: If you don't feel like planting certain flowers, you can purchase dried lavender and rue to spread around your yard. You can also spread oils like eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender around your garden.
- Citrus: Cats dislike the smell of citrus. You can scatter orange, lemon, or lime peels in your yard. Citrus-based sprays are also effective.
- Pipe tobacco: Cats dislike the smell of tobacco, so you can spread this stuff around to keep them off your property. You can pick some up at a smoke shop.
- Coffee grounds: Scattering these around your garden can drive away stray cats.
- Predator urine: You can actually pick up the urine of predatory animals at your local garden store. Fox urine is the most common type available. Spraying this stuff in your yard will let cats know that the territory is already occupied by a bigger animal. It is also effective at keeping away other animals like squirrels or rabbits.
Solutions That Worked for Me
- In my garden, I noticed that the cats usually showed up right around daybreak, so I set my sprinklers to come on then, and it really helped to keep the cats away. I have since purchased the Orbit sprinklers; they will even chase deer out of your garden or yard.
- I have also had great success with a heavy-duty super soaker water gun I purchased. I just sit quietly at the edge of my yard and soak down any cat that comes by. Water works better than anything to keep cats away. Once you soak down a cat once or twice, it won't be back. I set up one of the Orbit sprinklers right beside where I park my vehicles, and I rarely if ever have any cat tracks on my vehicles.
- It helps to think like a cat to determine why it is coming on your property. If they're attracted to your pond, install either a motion-activated sound device or some sprinklers there. Food is one of the biggest reasons cats and other animals will come into your yard, so practice keeping your environment free of any food source and keep your garbage tightly covered. Your cat problems should go away quickly.
- Be consistent. Don't leave food out sometimes and then freak out when they come to eat. Don't give them mixed messages. After all, cats are not dumb animals, and they will learn where they are welcome and where they are not.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.