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Cats may look very nice, but they can also be quite the nuisance. Allergies to cat hair are unfortunately very real, but that’s not all of the problem.
Cats are incredibly territorial, and they like marking their territory, regardless of whether or not it actually is strictly their territory.
And the resultant smell can be nauseating.
If you’ve got neighbour’s cats coming into your garden to leave faeces, there’s absolutely no benefit to you, cat faeces are not suitable as a fertilizer, and they actually decrease the nutritional content of your garden’s soil, effectively harming your plants and vegetation.
But don’t worry – the solution is at hand! There are a plethora of cat deterrents out on the market today, and we’ve handpicked our top 5, and their product reviews are coming up shortly.
After that we’ve got a handy buying guide for you which outlines a few different things you might like to think about before you buy.
In a hurry? This is our winner!
Best Cat Deterrent – Comparison Table
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We’ll begin by talking about the different types of cat deterrents out on the market.
Different types of cat deterrents
There are essentially 3 different main types of cat deterrent you can buy, and they each have different ways of working. The most obvious is which is physical deterrents, such as placing sharp spikes along your garden wall. Another such deterrent, might include a 2D metal shape made to look like another cat, designed to make any cats retreat away, so as to avoid a fight.
There are also cat deterrents which emit smells that are undetectable or barely noticeable to us, but which cats find very unpleasant. This could be via sprays, pellets, or even gels.
Similarly, there are also ones which emit ultrasonic sounds that are undetectable to us but which cats find very unpleasant. These electronic cat deterrents can also work by frightening them with bright flashing lights (either LEDs or infrared lights).
Each type has it’s advantages and it’s drawbacks. Let’s walk you through.
Physical cat deterrents
If a cat tries to get in your garden over a spiked wall, you can bet it’s not going to try again in a hurry. The flip side of this however, is that the cat owner is not going to be very happy with you if it’s cat gets hurt.
This is not the same case for the other type of physical deterrent however, a 2D metal shape made to look like another cat, may keep cats in the distance away, but cats that live next door will soon grow wise to the notion that said cat is not in fact real and won’t put up much of a fight.
Electronic cat deterrents
Under the heading of electronic deterrents include those that emit lights and/or sounds that cats deem unpleasant. They are battery powered gadgets that can be placed in your garden (or home for that matter) to discourage cats from entering the area.
They are usually operated by way of motion sensors. Basically whenever motion is detected in the vicinity, either an infrared light or an ultrasonic sound is immediately emitted, or sometimes a combination of both. These lights and sounds will be undetectable to us humans, but very unpleasant to cats. Once cats become aware of this system they are very unlikely to return to the area, for fear of the same thing happening again.
Chemical cat deterrents
Perhaps the best example of a chemical cat deterrent is an odorless cat repellent spray. These sprays can be used both indoors and outdoors, and whilst cats find the smell extremely unpleasant, the smell goes completely unnoticed by our noses. The cats will then avoid the area at least for the duration of the smell.
This type of cat deterrent is slightly better for use indoors rather than outdoors however, since any rain that falls will diminish the strength of the scent. When used indoors however, the effect can last up to several weeks.
A similar example of cat deterrents is that of pellets that you can shake over your garden where the cat has previously marked its territory. The idea is that this confuses the cat’s sense of smell, tricking the cat into thinking that the area may in fact not be it’s territory, or maybe another animal’s territory. Again the scent of the pellet will go undetected to us humans.
At this point in the buying guide, you are likely to have deduced that the most dramatic difference between these different types of cat deterrent lies in how long they will last.
For example, spikes along a wall will deter a cat forever, whereas a 2D metal shape made to look like another cat is only likely to last long enough to keep cats out of your backyard while you have a family barbecue.
Similarly chemical deterrents used outdoors will only last until it starts to rain (which could be less than an hour in some areas of the country). How long an electronic deterrent will last meanwhile depends solely on its battery life, although this can sometimes be replaced.
The durability of the cat deterrent also has implications for it’s cost. If you go down the chemical deterrent route, you will find yourself making plenty of repeat purchases. Whereas spikes are a one off purchase, and electronic deterrents lie somewhere in between, costing further money only when the batteries need replacing.