For many garden enthusiasts who want to keep their outdoor space looking beautiful, cats can pose a challenge! Whether they use your flower beds as a litter box, or damage your beloved plants, it's essential to find effective ways to deter cats from entering your garden. But as a nation of animal lovers, we wouldn’t want to hurt them either.
This article will provide practical advice on how to keep cats out of your garden, prevent them from pooing in it, and protect your plants from their playful antics. We will show you how you can add cat-repellent foliage, create physical barriers in your garden, use humane deterrents, and even set up a cat-friendly area within your garden so your little kitties have somewhere safe of their own to play.
Before we look at how to stop them coming into your garden, it's important to understand why cats are attracted to it in the first place. Kitties are naturally curious and enjoy exploring new environments. As well as that, they’re drawn to flower beds and borders due to the loose soil that resembles their litter trays and because it’s likely your garden is a haven for small prey such as insects and rodents. By understanding their behaviour, you can take steps to prevent them ruining your pride and joy.
One clever way to discourage cats from entering your garden is to make it unappealing to them in the first place. Certain plants have scents that cats find unpleasant, so if you want create an unwelcoming environment, then add the following cat-repellent plants to your beds and borders:
An old-fashioned suggestion, but one worth bearing in mind is to put in obstructions to keep neighbours’ cats out of your garden. Here are some budget-friendly ideas:
Here are some ways to prevent cats from staying in your garden that won’t hurt them and are budget-friendly.
After all this talk of prevention and deterrents, you might be feeling sorry for your neighbourhood cats – or your own special pets. So if you want to create an area of your garden your local cats will enjoy spending time in, here are some easy to follow tips to make your outdoor space a feline-friendly zone:
If you have artificial grass in your garden, you may wonder whether cats will be attracted to it and use it as a huge litter tray! While every cat's preference may differ, artificial grass can deter cats because of its slightly prickly texture. But if you do notice some unpleasant surprises on your lawn, it’s best to clean them away as soon as possible, for your own hygiene as well as making sure the neighbourhood cats don’t feel this a new place to poop. And if it becomes a more persistent problem, then we’d suggest you try some of the methods we’ve described for the whole garden. Our guide to laying artificial grass on concrete can help you figure out where best to place artificial grass to avoid cats pooping on it too!
With our advice, we hope you’ll manage to achieve a balance between maintaining a beautiful garden and keeping cats from using it as their loo! At Tapi, we’re here to help you create a welcoming environment outside and inside. Pop into your local showroom for advice on pet-friendly flooring. In our Ideas Hub, you’ll find loads more practical advice and inspiration on how to transform your home.