Find out the most effective ways to persuade cats to move on to other areas of your property if they have become a nuisance in your garden.
Cats are well-liked pets, but they have the potential to become a burden if they foul your garden with their waste, keep you up at night with their bickering, or frighten away the local wildlife.
A survey that was taken by more than 6,000 members of Which? revealed that the majority of respondents (55%) have issues with cats in their gardens.
Three quarters of people reported that soiling was their primary problem, and more than four out of ten people said that cats were either chasing away, attacking, or killing the wildlife in their gardens, with birds being the most common victims.
Cats were also reported to be noisy, yowling, and fighting with other cats, as well as damaging our members’ plants by digging them up or squashing them.
The most successful methods for preventing cat infestations
Make a divide in the path.
The use of chicken wire draped over your beds was found to be the most effective method, followed by the use of any other kind of barrier that prevents cats from digging in the soil.
The use of spikes or thorny cuttings in the ground to discourage digging and soiling was also regarded as an effective tactic by respondents. One of our members shared with us that, “After several years of unsuccessful initiatives, I have found that carefully placing bamboo skewers, point upwards, in flower beds is a brilliant way to frustrate the moggies.” [Citation needed]
Dogs can be purchased or borrowed.
Although this is not a workable solution for everyone, more than 150 of you have tried using a dog to discourage cats from entering your garden, and almost half of you found that it was successful. One of the members shared with us that although terriers and whippets were among the most popular types of “cat-deterring dogs,”
“The acquisition of a German Shepherd was the wisest choice.” We were able to get rid of the cats, and we haven’t seen them since.
Over a thousand participants have used an ultrasonic repellent, and 32 percent of them reported that it was successful. These compact electronic devices emit a tone with a high pitch that cats find annoying but that humans are unable to hear.
CatWatch was the brand that was mentioned the most. It costs £54.95, and an additional £15.95 is required for a mains adaptor if you don’t want the hassle of constantly having to replace the batteries.
You will also need to position it in such a way that the line of sight of the sensor will cross the path that the cat will take. One of our members shared with us, “Since I started using CatWatch, I have very few issues related to cats.” When cats enter the garden once more, I am aware that the batteries need to be replaced.
Motion-activated deterrent sprinkler
A little more than one hundred users have experimented with a motion activated sprinkler like the ScareCrow or the Catclear, which shoots water at the cat when it walks by, and 43 percent of them have rated it as effective.
It functions similarly to a water pistol, but it is significantly more effective because, once you have determined the optimal location for positioning it, it will hit the cat each and every time.
The only one that has worked is the motion-activated water sprinkler; there is absolutely no fouling any more,’ a member who had tried many different deterrents over the course of several years told us.
Are cats a problem in gardens?
According to the most reliable information that we have, which comes from a survey conducted by the British Mammalian Society on the subject of dead prey brought home by cats, during the five months that the survey was conducted, 9 million cats in the United Kingdom were responsible for the deaths of 57.4 million mammals, 27.1 million birds, and 4.8 million reptiles and amphibians.
It has been shown that the mere presence of predators can change the behaviour of wildlife; in other words, that fear of predation is a problem in and of itself, and that this can reduce wildlife populations even in the absence of actual mortality; therefore, the presence of cats among other predators may mean that wildlife does not feel safe in your garden and will therefore avoid it.
The Animal Welfare Act of 2006, along with its Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts, provides legal protection against any kind of harm being done to cats.
When it comes to dealing with cats in the neighbourhood, the best approach is to employ a mix of humane deterrents and tolerance.
What can people who own cats do to aid other forms of wildlife?
It is recommended that you fit your cat’s collar with either a bell or an electronic alarm, as both have been shown to reduce the risk of predation.
The number of animals that are killed can be decreased by bringing your cat inside for longer periods of time; however, the timing of this decision is extremely important.
Keeping your cat inside during the day helps reduce the number of birds that are injured or killed, while keeping your cat inside at night tends to protect nocturnal mammals.