Gardens offer a tranquil escape for many homeowners, a personal Eden where one can tend to plants and enjoy the serene ambience of nature. However, this peaceful setting can quickly be disrupted by uninvited feline visitors using your garden as a litter box. At East Coast Fencing, we understand the frustrations of garden lovers. While we specialise in supplying quality wooden fence panels, we also care deeply about helping you maintain the beauty and sanctity of your garden. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to deter cats from turning your garden into their personal toilet, without harming them or disrupting the ecosystem of your outdoor space.

Understanding the Problem

Cats, whether they are pets wandering from nearby homes or feral, are naturally drawn to soft, loose earth as it makes an ideal spot for them to relieve themselves. While it's a natural behaviour for them, it's understandably vexing for garden owners. Not only does it create an unsightly mess, but cat faeces can also be harmful due to the bacteria and parasites they might contain.

Humane Solutions for a Cat-Free Garden

1. Odour Repellents

Cats have a highly developed sense of smell, and certain scents can deter them from entering your garden. Citrus peels, such as lemon or orange, scattered around your garden beds can act as a natural repellent. Commercial cat repellents that mimic predator scents or emit unpleasant odours to cats can also be effective, but make sure they are safe for use around plants.

2. Physical Barriers

Investing in quality fencing can significantly reduce the chances of cats entering your garden. East Coast Fencing offers wooden fence panels that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your garden but can also be equipped with additional features to deter cats, such as pointed tops or roller bars. Additionally, placing chicken wire just beneath the soil's surface or around the base of plants can prevent cats from digging.

3. Water Deterrents

Cats are not fans of water, making motion-activated sprinklers an excellent deterrent. Installed around your garden, these sprinklers will spray water when they detect motion, discouraging cats from entering the area. This method is effective and harmless, ensuring your garden stays cat-free without causing distress or harm to the animals.

4. Plant Cat-Repellent Flora

Certain plants produce smells that cats find displeasing. Planting lavender, rosemary, and Coleus canina, commonly known as “Scaredy Cat Plant,” around the perimeter of your garden can help keep cats at bay. These plants have the added benefit of enhancing your garden's aesthetics and aroma.

5. Create a Designated Cat Area

If you have a bit of extra space, consider creating a small, inviting area for cats away from your main garden. This can be achieved by laying down sand or soft soil in a quiet corner, perhaps even planting some catnip. By providing an attractive alternative, you can reroute their attention and keep your garden clean.

Proactive Measures

Beyond implementing these deterrents, maintaining a clean and tidy garden is key. Ensure that any existing faeces are cleaned promptly, as the scent can attract other cats. Additionally, securing trash bins and not leaving food outdoors can prevent cats from being drawn into your garden for reasons other than relieving themselves.

At East Coast Fencing, we believe in providing solutions that allow homeowners to fully enjoy their outdoor spaces. Implementing these tips can help protect your garden from being used as a litter box by neighbourhood cats, while still ensuring the safety and well-being of the animals. For more information on our range of wooden fence panels and accessories designed to keep your garden secure and private, feel free to reach out to us or visit our website.