Home Remedies for Keeping Outdoor Cats Away from Bird Feeders and Wildlife Areas

Outdoor cats are a common sight in many neighborhoods, but their presence can be detrimental to local wildlife, particularly birds. If you have a bird feeder or wildlife area in your yard, you may be wondering how to keep cats away without harming them. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that can help deter cats from these areas.

Scents that Repel Cats

Cats have a strong sense of smell and are often put off by certain scents. One scent that many cats dislike is citrus. You can use this to your advantage by placing citrus peels around the perimeter of your bird feeder or wildlife area. Another scent that repels cats is lavender. You can plant lavender plants around the area or sprinkle dried lavender around the perimeter.

Activated Sprinklers

Motion-activated sprinklers are another effective way to keep outdoor cats away from bird feeders and other areas where you want to protect wildlife. These sprinklers use sensors to detect motion and then spray a burst of water in the direction of the movement, scaring off any animals in the area.

Ultrasonic Devices

Ultrasonic devices emit high-pitched sounds that are unpleasant for cats (and other animals) to hear. These devices can be placed near bird feeders or wildlife areas and will emit sounds when motion is detected in the area.

Physical Barriers

Physical barriers such as chicken wire or netting can also be effective at keeping outdoor cats away from bird feeders and wildlife areas. Simply place the barrier around the perimeter of the area you want to protect.


With these home remedies, you can keep outdoor cats at bay without resorting to harmful methods such as traps or poisons. By using scents, motion-activated sprinklers, ultrasonic devices, or physical barriers, you can protect the local wildlife in your yard and enjoy the beauty of nature without any unwanted visitors.

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