How to stop cats pooing in gardens: David Domoney shares his 'best' tip to keep them away

Cats are curious creatures that love to explore their surroundings - but it can be frustrating if they decide to mark their territory in your garden. 

These mischievous felines can tear out flowerbeds, dig up soil or even defecate on lawns, which can destroy a gardener’s hard work over the year. 

Luckily David Domoney from Love Your Garden has shared the best ways that are guaranteed to keep neighbourhood cats away from your beloved plants.

According to David, the absolute “best” method to keep cats away is to first find out the entry point they are using to enter your garden and try sealing it up. 

He said: “Cats are creatures of habit and usually enter and leave by the same spot. Try observing where they come in.”

If cats are coming in through a hole in a fence or hedge then it is simple enough to just block it out. However, gardeners may have to get more creative if they are hopping over a fence into a garden.

David said: “If they are climbing over the fence, you can attach a string 10 to 15 centimetres above the top of the fence, running along the panel. 

“This makes it hard for cats to balance on the fence panel. Or you can apply a grease like Vaseline to stop them from using it.”

Vaseline can be bought for £1.25 out of Tesco or £1.80 for Vaseline Jelly, making this a very cheap way to keep cats away. 

However, David has also shared that there is a natural way to stop cats from entering a garden and has suggested growing flowers or herbs with strong fragrances, as felines have incredibly sensitive noses. 

David said: “Cats also dislike strong smells – try putting lavender, rosemary, and curry plants in your border.

“Some people also recommend using cut citrus peel – apparently, it smells too strong for the cat. 

“Rubbing raw onion in places where cats frequent has been said to steer them away. I have never tried it though. Citronella is also said to be effective.”

If you do not wish to grow anything in your garden you can place orange or lemon peels in a spray bottle with water and add other strong-smelling herbs or plants to spray around your garden. 

Make sure to spray on a sunny day and apply after it has rained, otherwise the spray can be washed away. 

David also recommends planting roses or other thorny flowers near fences or borders as cats will hate the texture and will not wish to climb over them, keeping your garden safe from these pesky cats. 

He said: “I would recommend putting spiky things in the soil around the border. Wooden skewers or prunings from spiky plants like roses may help – cats have sensitive paws.”

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Posted: 2024-06-12 20:21:30

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