Cats have a habit of prodding, digging, scratching which may cause mayhem to the flower beds, garden beds or vegetable patch. Many times we keep looking out for solutions to get rid of this problem. Pets follow a certain regular pattern, which on minute observation help us deal with them tactfully.
Some of the effective ways of dissuading cats from entering flower beds, garden beds or vegetable patch are as follows.
1. Installation of self-activating sprinklers
Cats, in general, are scared of water. Their fur gets soaked with water contact, which may be one of the reasons they don’t like water. Many a times cat owners have to literally drag their reluctant cats for a bath Cats like dry places and surroundings. Self-activating sprinklers get triggered when someone steps on their sensor. When cats or any stray animals step on the sensors, the sprinklers get activated and release water in that direction. By monitoring the areas frequented by cats, sprinklers can be installed there. Once cats experience the sprinklers, they try to avoid these areas.
2. Installation of Ultrasonic Repellent devices
These devices pass off ultrasonic noise which scares the cats away. This noise cannot be heard by the normal ear, but it is disturbing for the cats and other animals. The cats can be scared off these areas, with the use of ultrasonic repellent devices. Monitor the area from where the c the ts enter the premise. Install the device taking into account their range, so that the problematic area is covered. For e.g. Aspectek Ultrasonic Repeller which has its range till 25 feet.
3. Setting up an Unwelcome surface
Cats are creatures which like to lie down, and relax for longer duration of time. They like dry sand and comfortable surface to laze around. The shady soft green patches or dry soil act as a cozy bed for the cats. To discourage this habit, place slightly pointed objects on the garden bed. This will deter the cats from making themselves comfortable on the garden/flower beds. Please note these objects will not cause harm to the cats, they will only scare them away. For e.g. Broom sticks, chop sticks etc which are easily available in every household.
4. Use of non-toxic scents
Cats are sensitive to certain smell. Of course not as sensitive as dogs, but If they don’t like a particular smell they’ll try to stay away from the source emitting those. Animals have a strong sense of odor. Certain strong smell act as repellent for the cats. Many a times certain natural products having strong peculiar odor, available at home can be used to keep the cats away. For e.g. orange peels, pepper, coffee grounds.
5. Erecting Physical barriers
One of the ways to dissuade them is by erecting physical barriers or fencing which will be difficult for the cats to cross and enter. Though all the cats may not be deterred by those, it may work for at least a certain number of stray animals. One of the easy ways to place barriers is by attaching spikes or poky objects on the fencing using screws or adhesive. These spikes are sharp but will not hurt the cats. Perimeter of the problematic area can be barricaded using poky material . For e.g. Cat Repeller fence.
6. Creating a diversion
If all the above methods are exhausted and you are still not able to get rid of the cat nuisance, you may create a diversion. Catnip can be used to attract cats and divert them from the garden bed, flower bed or vegetable patch. One of the other suggestions is to keep a litter box outside the house. Many a times cats trained to use the litter box, do make use of it. Thus the cats will be diverted away from the green patches. This helps in maintaining a well-kept garden, flower beds free of cats. However see that you use these measures with care as they may attract cats from the neighboring areas as well. Hence this may add to the problem instead of resolving it.