Tips for driving away 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.

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.


You may also want to watch:


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.

Most Read

Name and address supplied.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter