How To Repel Cats

How To Repel Cats

Sick of other people's cats claiming your house and garden as their own? Learn the best ways to deter them with the help of Animal Behaviourist, Janetta Smith.

I'm just going to go through how to repel cats coming into your garden, even into your house. The first thing you need to do is make sure you clean all the areas down around the areas that they come in, which could be patios, decking, in and out cat-flaps, front doors, front door mats, back door mats. If you clean down the areas with a solution of biological washing powder, scrub the area down, that will clear all the enzymes.

If you then use surgical spirit, a solution of that, that gets rid of scent marking, because often when cats come in, they'll scent-mark the areas they come through and keep coming back through that area. As I say, if you make sure it's done around the areas that they come into, if they've obviously come into the house, then the same thing applies. To deter cats coming into your garden or into the areas, you can use a lemon spray which is a solution of a third lemon juice, a third alcohol and a third spring water.

If you put it into a spray bottle and spray around the areas, around the outside of the fences, garden sheds, places like that, what that does, the cat hates the smell of lemon and will avoid coming into those areas. But if you've got cats yourself, then obviously, just be careful because that can stress them out. Also avoid putting food out for foxes and other cats because that again encourages cats to come into the area, and leaving rubbish bags out will obviously encourage them to come in and split them open.

Another way that you can do around the sort of garden area is put clean water in a glass bottle, half full, and lay it down. When cats come in, they hate seeing their reflection and that will deter them going into that area. So, you can do that.

It's not a long term thing, you only need to do it for a short time period just to deter them coming in. There is another way you can actually use if you catch the cat in your area, and you catch them going to the toilet on the flower bed, you only get one go at it and it's not something you would do continually because it can scare the cat and that's just a water bottle with a water spray and just spray it at the cat. That should deter them from coming back but obviously, if they come back, then refrain from using it again.

So, just to recap, clean the areas down with biological washing powder and surgical spirit, all the external areas and the internal areas that they come into. Use a lemon spray solution, just to spray around the internal areas, just to stop the cat coming through because they hate the smell of lemon. Avoid putting out rubbish bags and food for foxes and cats because they'll just split the bags open or come in for the food.

Use glass bottles, half full with water, clean glass bottles, so they avoid the eye contact with the reflection and that will stop them coming through. And as a sort of last resort really, but you only get one go at it, you can actually spray them with water if you catch them in the middle of doing the toilet. That will just scare them off from coming back in again.

And that's how to repel cats coming into your areas. Sick of other people's cats claiming your house and garden as their own? Learn the best ways to deter them with the help of Animal Behaviourist, Janetta Smith.