How To Stop A Cat Spraying In Your Garden!
One reason for your cat spraying indoors is if an un-neutered tom, or even a neutered or spayed cat, decides to wage pee warfare in your garden.
The attacker pees somewhere close to the house. The smell drifts in through the windows and doors, and is picked up by your cat's very sensitive nose. In defense of his home and all of its inhabitants, your kitty then pees indoors wherever he can smell the attacker's pee.
To stop this War and Pees drama, you need to completely remove the cat urine smell and then humanely encourage your visitor to wage his cat spraying war elsewhere.
How To Stop A Cat Spraying In Your Garden
There are humane, non-harmful ways to discourage cat spraying and pooping in your garden:
Motion-activated sprinklers are commercially available. These sense when an animal enters an area using infra-red light. They shoot a jet of water towards the general direction of the animal. The sprinkler is designed to just give the cat a fright, not to drench him or cause him any harm, but he quickly learns not to enter the area.
There are a number of natural scent repellants that can be used to discourage cat peeing. The effectiveness of scent repellants is a bit variable. In some instances they'll work very well, in others not at all. It's a case of try it and pee (sorry, see). However, it's really important that you check that whichever scent repellant you do use isn't poisonous. Many common substances and plants are toxic to cats. If you're unsure about using something, just type "is x toxic to cats" into any of the search engines, and you should get your answer.
The Coleus-Canina plant is also known as the "Scardy-Cat" plant or "Pee-Off" plant, because it emits a smell that cats dislike. The smell is inoffensive to humans. It's recommended that you plant them three feet apart around the area you want to be protected.Some cats don't like lavender. Lavender and Coleus-Canina are safe for cats, but lavender oil (and many other essential oils) are poisonous to cats.
Cats don't like citrus smells, so orange, lime and lemon peel are worth trying. However, citrus oils are toxic to cats and shouldn't be used.
If you search on the internet for cat scent deterrents, you'll find common recommendations include mothballs, various essential oils, coffee and garlic. These are all poisonous to cats, so please, please check that whatever you intend to use is non-toxic to cats before you try it.
"Cat Scat" is a plastic mat that's pressed into the soil. It has flexible plastic spikes. These are harmless to cats, but they don't like the feel of them on their paws. It therefore helps to discourage digging. For more information visit the Gardener's Supply website by clicking here.
Whichever of these methods you try, there's one really important thing to bear in mind. If your cat goes outdoors, don't make your garden a waking nightmare for him. If you're using a motion sensor to deter other cats, switch it off when your kitty goes out to play: as long as you've removed the cat urine smell that the visiting cat left behind, your kitty is unlikely to pee in that area. Restrict cat-deterring plants to a limited area - well away from your kitty's favorite entrance to the house. Please don't make your whole garden a no-go zone for any cat including yours. It's not fair on him, and if he does venture out he'll shoot out of your garden like a cat out of hell, and then be very reluctant to come home.
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