Learning how to use natural methods for keeping cats out of the garden is essential information. Kitty is pretty, but the damage she does to your garden is not. You may not have a cat of your own, but your neighbors might have a few. Cats are wonderful pets but they can tear up your garden, use it as a litter box, or just get underfoot while you’re working. They can also scare away helpful wildlife. Here’s how you can repel cats from your garden with natural methods.
1. Use citrus oil or peels. Cats are repelled by the smell of citrus. One natural method of keeping cats out of the garden is scattering citrus peels around. You can also use citrus oil and rubbing alcohol as a deterrent spray for cats. Use a spray bottle to make this concoction. Soak citrus peels in rubbing alcohol for several days. Then fill the rest of the spray bottle with water and spray liberally around the garden perimeter.
2. Use hot pepper powder. Kitties won’t go near red pepper. You can plant hot red pepper all around the garden as a natural method of keeping cats out. If you’re not a big hot pepper fan, there is another method. Simply sprinkle hot pepper powder all over the garden. You will have to re-apply when it rains, but it will effectively keep cats out of the garden.
3. Place chicken wire on the ground. Cats love to scratch and roll in the garden. They also will frequently take to using the garden as their own personal litter box. Obviously, this is not a healthy habit for your edible and other plants. To keep cats from scratching and digging in garden soil, cover the ground with chicken wire. It’s a simple, effective natural method for keeping cats out of the garden.
4. Use cinnamon. Red pepper isn’t the only spice that works as a natural method to keep cats out of your garden. Try cinnamon and black pepper too. Some people will use tobacco, but I don’t like to do it. Why? The nicotine and other harmful chemicals in tobacco can poison your plants. I prefer to sprinkle either black pepper or cinnamon around the garden instead.
5. Use a motion activated sprinkler. Cats hate to get wet, so this is a great deterrent that gives your plants a little drink too. The sprinkler senses kitty and starts doing it’s job. Kitty quickly bolts out of there and you have saved your plants from destruction. You can also train cats to keep out of the garden by taking a squirt gun or spray bottle with you when you work. When kitty comes too close to the garden, give her a spray. It’s harmless and teaches cats to stay out of the garden permanently.