Tips for driving away cats

PUBLISHED: 12:45 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 10 June 2010

Yes, Mr Graham (letters, April 23), cat poo is an offensive health hazard, yet we are expected to put up with the use of our gardens as toilets by neighbours cats.

Yes, Mr Graham (letters, April 23), cat poo is an offensive health hazard, yet we are expected to put up with the use of our gardens as toilets by neighbours' cats.

Gone are the days when kittens learned from mother how to choose an inconspicuous corner in which to "go" and to bury their poo. Kittens no longer spend outdoor time with their mothers or anyone else. Owners do not care: cats don't foul their own patch.

Tips for keeping cats off your garden? I've found these work:

Grow a thorny shrub like berberis and lay the leafless prunings as barbed wire between plants. Lightly crushed egg shells deter pests, too.

Chilli powder is cheaper and more effective than pepper dust.

A single, sharp, loud clap of the hands every time you see the cat will stop it returning if done consistently. I used to keep foxes off my chickens by emptying a potty there; I don't know if it works against cats, but it's cheap and easy to test. Best of luck.

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