Expert's 'cheap' homemade spray to stop cats pooing in your garden

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Cats hold a natural curiosity that bolsters their desire to unearth new places, which sometimes means they can leave unwelcome gifts in your garden. But an expert has explained how to make a spray at home that will deter them.

As a garden enthusiast, it can be exasperating to tirelessly nurture your cherished flora, only for the tranquillity to be disrupted by a local cat misbehaving or fouling. Cleaning up after someone else's pet isn't pleasant and cats can also cause damage to plants by digging.

George, a gardening pro from Primrose, has explained that the optimal way to deter cats from causing a nuisance in your garden is to "get creative" and develop your own homemade cat-repellent spray. He said the spray was "simple" and "very cheap" to prepare, as one would likely find the ingredients around their kitchen.

Homemade solutions are generally successful at repelling cats because these playful creatures share a heightened sense of smell. This essentially makes them susceptible to potent fragrances and guarantees that they maintain their distance from overwhelming scents, reports the Express.

How to make a spray to deter cats from your garden

Here's what you need:

  • Lemon juice

  • White vinegar

  • Rosemary

George said: “Mix together lemon juice, rosemary and white vinegar – three things cats detest. Put the liquid in a spray bottle so it’s easy to use around the garden. Simply spray near where the cats spend time – on planters, the patio, or even inside."

Citrusy fragrances like lemons, oranges and limes act as deterrents for cats due to their content of limonene and linalool, both toxic to cats if ingested. The odour is not only off-putting for felines, but can also trigger an instinctive aversion, signalling to them that an area might be hazardous, hence they steer clear of it. This eco-friendly tactic proves to be a reliable deterrent for keeping cats at bay from your garden, while also being harmless to your flora, economical to concoct, and humane towards the animals.

George said: "A cat's sense of smell is 40 times more effective than a human's, which is why these scented options work so well. If you're using one of the spray methods, make sure to reapply after each rainfall has washed the previous effort away."