Before you start looking at buying one of the many commercial cat deterrents on the market you should first of all consider if there’s anything you can do to discourage or stop cats from entering your yard in the first place.
Cats will be attracted to yards that have lots of bird activity so if you have a bird table or bath in your garden you should consider putting it away in the shed, at least until you have solved your cat problem.
If you have any catnip planted in your garden you should get rid of it as it’s a magnet to many cats who get high on the scent.
Is there a particular spot they gain access to your yard? A gap between a fence perhaps or a corner that’s overhung by a tree? If you know where they are coming in then it may be as easy as closing off that gap or lopping off the over hanging branch.
Of course, it’s rarely that easy but you never know until you try – you just might be in luck.
Cats like to walk along fences and walls and if this how they are gaining access to your garden you will find plastic guttering tied upside down on the top will stop most cats although it doesn’t look particularly good. I first tried the commercial plastic cat spikes on my fence but it was only successful on about half of my feline visitors.
Chicken wire is the gardeners friend when it comes to deterring cats because they don’t like to climb or walk on it. Use it if your boundary fence is the picket type or lay it on the ground where cats drop into your garden.
Other uses include attaching it to the bottom of gates if they can get underneath, laying it on shed and garage roofs etc. Chicken wire is cheap and easy to work with and it’s not too unsightly once the garden is in bloom.
If you know who the cat belongs to you could try having a word with its owner. They may be prepared to make their own garden cat proof to stop their pet roaming into neighbouring gardens although that can be expensive so don’t hold your breath.
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For many people (including me), stopping the cats from entering the garden is always going to be a losing battle. In my case it was because two of the adjoining gardens (left and bottom) had planted fast growing conifers as privacy screening so as I closed off one place of entry the cats would simply find themselves another.
If you find you can’t stop them entering then don’t panic, all is not lost. Try some of these commercial cat deterrents that have been fully tested by yours truly.