A common theme I’ve noticed since doing these reviews is how short the battery life seems to be on the majority of cat repellents. The solar pest repeller from Petz Trendz claims to solve this problem by using rechargeable batteries that are kept topped up by a small solar panel on the top.
This isn’t the only solar powered cat repeller on the market but with a price tag currently set at just under £13 (£7 off at the time of writing) I had to order it to give it the once over, especially as the only other solar powered deterrent I have reviewed cost me more than double the price of this one.
Here’s a video I recorded of my first impressions when opening up the box and testing the various setup options.
The first thing to do is to fully charge up the batteries using the provided USB charging lead. According to the manufacturer this will take around 6 hours but once done you should be able to leave it in the garden indefinitely.
The Solar Pest Repeller can be fence or wall mounted and also comes with a small stake for ground fixing which is aluminium so won’t rust.
It has 2 buttons that require adjusting to your needs: a sensitivity control allowing you to turn the range down from its maximum of 9 metres to a setting best suited to your garden size and a frequency control that you adjust to the hearing range of the animals you are trying to deter from your garden.
- Position 1 repels small rodents.
- Position 2 repels foxes and larger dogs.
- Position 3 repels small dogs, cats and birds.
- Position 4 gives off a strong flashing from a couple of small strobe lights.
- Position 5 constantly rotates through all the other frequencies to give all functions combined.
Does It Work?
Most of the ultrasonic sound cat deterrents I have purchased claim to not effect birds so I was surprised to see level 3 is for cats, small dogs AND birds. This would appear to mean that it operates at a different frequency as a cat deterrent than any of its competitors.
As usual for a review I turned off my trusted Contech Scarecrow and Catwatch Ultrasonic Deterrent and there was no cat poop left for me during the few nights I’ve had it set up. This could be down to the fact that the majority of the cats in my neighbourhood have learned its best to avoid our garden or risk getting a soak from the Scarecrow.
At just under £13 and running costs of zero once you have done the original charge up it represents great value for money and while I haven’t had it long enough to be sure it works, at the time of writing it has 239 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 so it appears to work for the majority of buyers.
The only poor ratings and negative comments I could find claimed it had let water in and failed. I have noticed their does appear to be a slight gap where the the solar panel is attached to the top of the device so this may be a problem with some of the units, depending on how it is sealed inside. I may be tempted to apply some clear external silicone just as a precaution.
- Not the best build quality
- Short range so you may need to buy several
- Excellent value for money with zero running costs
- Uses small strobe lighting as well as audio to scare cats away at night Set and forget thanks to the solar panel
- Works on foxes, dogs and rodents as well as cats
- Small and unobtrusive
Plenty of buyers give the Solar Pest Repeller full marks of 5 out of 5. I personally think it just about pulls off a 4 out of 5.