The Hoont Cobra Animal Repeller is said to be the ultimate solution for keeping unwanted cats and other pests away from your property. Here I put it to the test so read on to find out how it performed in my garden.
There are plenty of these water blaster cat repellers on the market. Back in 2013 when I started testing cat deterrents they relied on 9v batteries or a mains cable whereas nowadays you can get higher end blasters such as the Hoont Cobra Animal Repeller that use solar power to charge rechargeable batteries.
Being solar powered means there’s no cables running across the garden or having to remember to change the batteries before going on vacation.
- Motion sensor activated
- No more mains cable or batteries to worry about
- Extremely robust and well made
- Range of spray is fully adjustable
- The noise and movement already has the cat running before the water actually sprays
- Covers up to 1000 sq. ft.
- 1 year warranty
- Cats absolutely hate the Hoont Cobra
- Also works on dogs, foxes, rabbits, heron etc.
- May be overkill for very small gardens
Hoont Cobra Review
As soon as you open it you see the Hoont Cobra is everything the PestBye jet sprayer is not. It is extremely well made and feels like it will give you many years of service instead of feeling like it will barely see the year out (which my PestBye sprayer didn’t).
As I had already purchased and used The PestBye I knew how to get the Hoont Cobra set up in just a few minutes as it is more or less the same design – just better made.
Once you have put it together and set it up where you want it you will need to set up the distance you want the movement sensor to operate at.
If it has any tall plants or trees and bushes in its sights you will want to lower the sensitivity knob until they are no longer in range otherwise it could be set off when they start swaying in strong winds.
You can set up the range before connecting the water – in fact I highly recommend it unless you want to risk a soaking!
Once the water is connected you can set off the Hoont Cobra cat deterrent by waving your hand in front of the sensor to test how far the water sprays. Set the arc adjustment to ensure water is only sprayed in your own garden and not into your neighbours, the arc can be set to a maximum of 120 degrees.
Remember to allow for a strong breeze too which can take the water some way off course.
If your garden has a decent sized open area such as a lawn or vegetable crops then you will find the Hoont Cobra animal repeller a fantastic piece of kit. The click and movement it makes when activated actually alarms the cat enough for it to bolt and most avoid the water that follows a split second later.
It does activate if trees or plants are in its range and move in the wind but unlike cheaper options I’ve tested, the wind has to be pretty strong, a gentle swaying doesn’t seem to effect it.
It uses very little water per operation so this isn’t a major problem anyway, assuming your garden is large enough to ensure the spray isn’t effecting your neighbours.
You will have to remember it is on though if you don’t want a soaking every time you go down the garden for a bit of dead heading or weeding!
Does the Hoont Cobra Animal Repeller Work?
This great piece of engineering is everything my American gardener friend said it was. Not only will it keep cats out of your garden, it works on larger animals too such as fox and deer and I know of at least one of my readers who uses it to protect his pond from heron and seagulls.
It is the most successful cat deterrent I have tested so far. If you think about it, no cat is going to stand around for a soaking so it’s not surprising it is so good at it’s job – having the Hoont Cobra in your garden is the equivalent of standing at your bedroom window 24/7 with a cup of water ready to throw it out at the first sign of a cat in your garden.
It isn’t the cheapest cat deterrent on the market but you get what you pay and it will give many years use unlike the cheaper copies which crack and leak after the first frost.