This 'very cheap' homemade spray will stop cats from pooing in your garden

Cats can be cute, but they can also wreak havoc (stock image)
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Cats are naturally curious critters who love nothing more than exploring on their own terms, but when you have a neighbourhood tabby who keeps destroying your garden, it can be quite frustrating. Thankfully, there's a way to keep them out of your garden for good in the form of a cheap repellent that you can make at home.

George - who is a gardening expert from Primrose - recently shared that the best way to keep cats at bay is to 'get creative' with a deterrent spray. He said that the spray is 'simple' and 'very cheap' to make, and can be put together with ingredients you'll likely already have lying around the house.

Using a homemade remedy will keep cats out of the garden due to the strong sense of smell that felines have - as they tend to steer clear of areas which have overwhelming fragrances. 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."

The Express reports that citrus from lemons, oranges and limes are one of the best natural deterrents to cats, as they hold limonene and linalool - which are toxic to felines when ingested. The smell is unpleasant for cats, but also triggers an instructive aversion in them to tell them that an area is dangerous and should be avoided.

It's cheap to make, cruelty-free, and is safe to use around animals - so it's a win-win. George added: "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."