Having cats mark their territory can be really frustrating, especially if you don’t even own the cat in the first place. A lot of people report their neighbours cats starting to mark special spots in their gardens, so in this post we’ll give you 5 simple tips on how to stop cats marking their territory in your garden.
Always keep in mind that most spraying is done by male cats. Male cats spray to let other male cats know that they shouldn’t be bothered with showing up. It’s their territory, and they call the shots.
It also works to signal to female cats that they’re available. It’s a completely natural thing for cats to do, albeit extremely annoying and smelly for us.
If you own the cat, the very first step we recommend here at The Cat Spraying Insider is to desex him. If the cat doesn’t belong to you — you obviously can’t do that unless you plan on spending a few months behind bars and having a very angry neighbour. So what you’re forced to do then is to deter him. And that, ladies and gentlemen, will be what this post is all about.
There’s probably 100’s of ways to deter cats, and in this blog post we’re going to be listing the 5 best in our opinion. Just remember to always be persistent, and to not give up too early!
- Citrus peelings or coffee grounds: this is a simple tip that works really well for some. Just spread it around the area where the cat urinates, it might stop him from coming around in the near future.
- Get a cat deterrent spray: these contain a scent the cat absolutely cannot bear. But might get expensive in the long run.
- Spread some pine cones around the garden: cats do not, and I repeat, do NOT, like the feeling of pine cones. They can be really effective in deterring cats from marking in your garden.
- Plant prickly shrubs: in the areas where you think the cat is getting in.
- Get a copy of Cat Spray Stop: Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 7 days using a unique method called the TTS method. I have tried CSS with great results, and also published a review of it over here.
Start with the first suggestion in the list as they’re the most simple — and last, but not least — spend some money on a more permanent solution if nothing else works. I think Cat Spray Stop is one of the best cat spraying solutions out there right now.
Oh, and I almost forgot — remember that you can and always should politely ask your neighbour if it’s possible for him or her to keep the cat at home. That’s the easiest way of getting cats to stop marking their territory in your garden and eliminates the need for you to deter them.
I truly hope the tips in this post are able to help you. Having a cat mark their territory in your lovely garden defeats the whole purpose of having the garden in the first place, doesn’t it?
Let me know in the comments below which of the tips have worked out for you.
Which one was the best, and if you ended up getting a copy of Cat Spray Stop — did that change things permanently?
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