If you Google” how to keep neighbours cats out of my garden” you come up with a host of ideas to try. I am having damage caused by a neighbours cat to garden furniture not to mention pooping in the garden.
I have tried a number of remedies and despite having a dog, the cat still keeps coming back into the garden at night.
Now I admit I hate cats. I would also never deliberately harm one.
My research has led me to try an automatic garden spray.
- Motion-activated: The Jet-Spray Pond & Garden Protector contains a motion (PIR) sensor to act as an effective cat, fox, heron and wildlife deterrent. Ensures that product only operates when necessary, saving water and power
- Adjustable coverage: Covers a radius of up to 10m (or 32 ft) in a 120-degree arc with adjustable height. The unit can be moved up or down depending on the area you would like covered. The motion-sensor can also be adapted to extend the range up to 10 m
- Versatile use: Pond & Garden Protector can be used in different situations around the home and garden, including ponds, pools, aquatic areas, lawns, flowerbeds and hen runs to protect against herons, cats, foxes, deer, rabbits, foxes and other nuisance wildlife
- Battery-powered repellent: Requires 2 x AA alkaline batteries (not supplied). Electronic components and batteries are protected year-round against all weather
- Humane repellent: An alternative to cage traps and other repellent devices. Deters nuisance animals away from vulnerable fish and garden areas without causing them any harm
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This cost me around £33 with postage added.
It arrived the day after being ordered and was really easy to assemble. I set it up in the garden just before I went to bed and was awoken around 4 am when the security light came on and the spray had activated.
The image is from my cctv camera on my shed. If you ignore the spiders web blowing over the lens and look at the left side of the image you will see a cat walk down the garden and stop at the bird bath where he puts his paws up to peer in. He then walks down behind the swinging chair and as he does so he activates the motion detector on the garden spray and takes off at speed out of the garden! The garden sprayer is just to the right of the base of the bird table you can see in the video.
So on its first outing it was a success.
For a proper video on this product view below
How To Keep Neighbours Cats Out Of My Garden
I shall now deploy it in different locations over the coming days and see if it does keep him out of our garden for good.
If you are looking for other ideas on keeping cats out of your garden then the RSPCA have some good advice – see below.
“Advice on deterring cats
Cats are protected by law and are free to roam meaning they might go into other people’s gardens or allotments. It is understood that some may wish to deter other people’s cats from those areas. In attempting to prevent cats from entering a garden or an allotment it is important to make sure that any deterrent methods used are non harmful and don’t cause pain, suffering, injury or distress. Causing unnecessary suffering to a cat is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (AWA). It may also be an offence to put down snares, poison or an unlicensed deterrent. The AWA also prohibits poisoning protected animals. The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty of an offence under the AWA is up to 6 months imprisonment and/or a £20,000 fine. Some suggestions which could help you are:
Cultivate shrubs closely to make it more difficult for cats to find a place to dig
Cultivate prickly plants or place clippings of prickly or thorny plants in any gaps on your flowerbed
Keep flowerbeds watered as some cats don’t like wet earth
Consider covering parts of the garden that you do not want the cat to toilet in with stone chippings, pebbles, small rocks or netting over the top
Shoo a cat away by either shouting or clapping your hands when you see them enter your garden
Squirt water near the cat, not at the cat, using a low powered water pistol super soakers are not suitable. The intention is to give them a fright and not to hurt them. Try to remain hidden from view if you spray an unwanted cat in your garden? if they learn to associate you with the negative experience rather than the garden itself they may simply wait until you are not around before happily entering. It could also cause the cat to be afraid of people.
Install an automatic garden spray, triggered by an infrared detector which locates movement you can find these online
Attempt to make it difficult for cats to enter the garden through use of high, closeboarded fences. Patch up any holes in any fencing.
Do not to start feeding someone else’s cat if you do not want him around as this will likely encourage the cat
The owner of the cat may be able to help by ensuring their cat is neutered and has suitable latrine sites within its own garden.
If possible and appropriate, it may be helpful to have a courteous conversation with the owner. There are also a variety of approved cat repellent products on the market but if you do decide to use one please make sure it’s a licensed product and that it is used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions failure to follow these may lead to an offence being committed and could result in unnecessary suffering being caused to the cat.
We would not recommend using ‘homemade’ remedies or deterrents as their use may infringe legislation and regulations, particularly if it causes actual harm to the cat. In addition, the true negative or toxic effects of these remedies is likely to be unknown.
Where the land adjoins a footpath or Bridleway, a landowner must not put up barbed wire on land where it is likely to injure persons or animals using the public highway. In such cases, the local authority can take action against the landowner.
If you wish to make an allegation of nuisance regarding a neighbour’s cat, then the relevant provisions are contained in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. You should refer such complaints about the cat to the Local Authority.”
How To Keep Neighbours Cats Out Of My Garden
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