If cats are visiting your yard and making a mess, it is possible to use a multi-step approach to make it less attractive to cats without causing them harm. Most of the steps involve using items you have at home, while others involve purchasing a roll of chicken wire or a motion activated sprinkler.Know More
Keep garbage in cans with tight fitting lids so cats do not use your scraps as food. If you have pets of your own, feed them inside so there is not food outside of the house. Keep the lawn neat and manicured to discourage rodents that may attract the cat.
Add scents to the yard to make cats look for a more pleasant place. Use citrus peels or oils that they find unattractive. Other options include pipe tobacco, coffee grounds or vinegar. Sprinkle or spray these materials in open flowerbeds to keep cats away.
If your yard has several flowerbeds, the freshly tilled soil is irresistible to cats as a fresh litter box. Bury chicken wire just under the surface of the soil. Point any sharp wires down into the soil. Cut holes through the wire for plants.
Most cats hate water. Install motion activated sprinklers to give them a quick squirt of water. They quickly learn that your yard is off limits.
There are many ways to prevent cats from climbing on your car, including using specific scents, loud noises and movement. The best way to protect your car from cats is usually to cover the vehicle or to keep the cat inside.Full Answer >
Cat owners can make houseplants unappealing by applying a non-toxic, bitter coating to the leaves like bitter apple or cherry spray available from pet stores or veterinarians. Cat owners may also wish to place certain houseplants, especially those toxic to cats, in an area the cat does not have access.Full Answer >
Keep a cat from scratching furniture by deterring her with unpleasant sprays or tapes, displacing her favorite scratching area and dulling her claws to prevent damage. Apply an herbal spray deterrent or double-sided tape to the edges of upholstered furniture, which is a prime scratching location to prevent her from shredding the fabric. Because of the unpleasant sensation that these products produce for cats, this is usually sufficient.Full Answer >
To keep cats from jumping up on counters, start by giving them alternative spaces to jump onto. If the cat continues to jump on the counter, do not scold it. Instead, use harmless environmental punishments to make jumping on the counters unpleasant for any cats in the house.Full Answer >