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How to Keep Your Cat Out of the Christmas Tree
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Your cat may look adorable in their photo for the family holiday card. But they aren’t so cute when they’re having a “no holds barred” wrestling match with your Christmas tree.
You spent hours adding lots of shiny, shimmery toys they can play with. They’ve also got greens to chew – in the form of pine needles – which they love. You may have even been thoughtful enough to add a little drinking water under that fun tree skirt too!
But then you tell them, “No!” And you do everything you can to keep them away from their new favorite hangout. Or at least, that’s what it looks like to your cat.
The truth is, holiday decorations, and particularly Christmas trees, can actually be dangerous for kitty, not to mention your family heirloom ornaments and homemade cranberry garland. Not to worry! You can keep your cat out of the tree, safe, and still have a beautiful holiday home.
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Try Not to Reward Your Cat for Their Tree Acrobatics
Trying to get your cat’s attention as they dive into the tree, and redirecting them to a less destructive activity, can be an effective training technique if done properly. But, be careful not to inadvertently reward your kitty for getting in the tree.
For example, if they're playing with an ornament and you toss a toy to get their attention, they think, "playing with the ornament means my human will toss toys for me. Fun!" Instead, call them away from the ornament first and then reward them for following your command.
Try a trained cue like "come," or an "interrupt and redirect" distraction to get your cat out of the tree. This is where you do something to pull your cat's focus from the tree, like tossing a ping pong ball or lightly shaking a jar of dry beans.
The trick is they shouldn't know the distraction came from you. It also shouldn't scare them. You want them to leave the tree and go investigate whatever just happened. Then redirect them to something fun and engaging, like a food puzzle or toy.
- Securing your tree
- Defending your tree from being climbed
- Smells to use around your tree
- Cat-safe decorating & the danger of preservatives in the tree water
- Give a tree alternative to your cat
- Cat training around your tree
Christmas Tree Dangers for Cats
We hate to be too doom and gloom. But it’s important to understand where the dangers lie so you can do your best to avoid or abate them.
First up, lights and other decorations that plug into a wall outlet are both a fire and shock hazard. Those wires running through the tree, as well as the cord going to the outlet, are very attractive to cats who like to chew. They can catch a nail if they’re moving through the tree or batting at ornaments. And we all know that damaged electrical wires are extremely dangerous. Cords have also caused strangulation, so it's ideal to not leave your cat unattended around your tree.
Next, picture your cat as a toddler – in that phase where they want to put everything in their mouth. Then give that toddler the ability to jump 6 feet in the air and climb just about anything. Now, look at your Christmas tree. Ornaments, ornament hooks, real or artificial pine needles, glitter, twigs — there’s a lot in there that can end up in your cat’s mouth. If swallowed, they can experience gastrointestinal upset, which is no fun with your holiday dinner. In serious cases, they could have an internal puncture or blockage requiring emergency surgery. Long stringy decorations, like tinsel, can cause serious damage to their intestines as well. And you know what often happens? Poop on a string. If you see a piece hanging out your cat's backside and you want to know if you should pull it, we've got the answer and tips on how to do this safely and comfortably for your cat.
The needles and branches also have oils that can be irritating to a cat's mouth and stomach. Some symptoms to look out for include excessive drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Going back to that climbing and jumping thing, the stability of your tree is a huge factor in holiday pet (and child) safety. Cats have a lot of power in those hind legs. They can easily topple a tree with a running jump or case of the zoomies. And if your cat decides they want to be the angel or star on top, let’s face it, that tree is probably coming down.
That’s the unpleasant part of this article. Now let’s talk about ways you can keep any of these things from dampening your holiday fun.
Secure Your Tree
Start off on the right foot by making sure your tree is sturdy and secure so your cat won’t be able to shake things off or knock things over. Get a tree stand with a wide, stable base like this one.
And this stand is very stable and has little to no access to water – which can be dangerous for your cat (read more about tree preservatives).
It’s also a good idea to secure your tree from the middle and/or top as well. Use a heavy nylon line or rope attached to the wall or ceiling for that extra layer of support. (Just make sure your cat doesn't chew or swallow the nylon string!)
This unsecured Christmas tree, in the video below, fell because of its height and weight. The family's dog had walked by moments earlier, so luckily no animals or people were harmed when it came down. Needless to say, their nest cam alerted them to movement in their home and they had to rush back to clean up the mess before their pets got into the decorations.
Defend Your Tree from Being Climbed
Try wrapping the base of your tree with aluminum foil. It’s an unpleasant sensation for many kitty paws, and they don’t love the crinkling sound. You can easily drape a thin tree skirt over the foil to pretty it up.
You can also get creative and use decorative garden stones. Cats don’t like feeling unstable when they walk.
Avoid aversive products like shock mats, prickly mats, sharp objects, and motion-activated air cans meant to deter cats. They can cause undue stress that can lead to anxiety, fear, and behavior issues like aggression, hiding, house-soiling, and more.
Anytime you use pain or discomfort to try and stop your cat from doing things that come naturally to them, you risk damaging your relationship and making them less comfortable in their home.
Better to provide your cat with an acceptable alternative to meet their needs. And spending just a few minutes a day, for a couple of weeks, teaching them what to do instead of the unwanted behavior can solve the problem long-term and strengthen your relationship.
You can also use the Christmas Tree Defender, which works GREAT at preventing cats from climbing up a tree from the bottom!
But let’s not forget, cats can easily jump 5+ feet vertically and horizontally. Position your tree away from launching points like bookshelves, high-backed chairs, and fireplace mantles.
See how the Christmas Tree Defender is installed in this video.
If it's sold out on Amazon, you may be able to buy it directly from the manufacturer's website.
Add a few jingle bells to your tree décor to help deter your cat and alert you if they do take a flying leap onto a branch. These dog doorbells are on a strap so that they can be laid across a few branches and tucked into the tree.
As a second choice, these individual bells give you the freedom to add them wherever you’d like.
Caldwell's Dog Potty Training Doorbells, 2-pack
Tinksky Christmas Door Hanging Decoration Jingle Bells
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the... oh no the cat just knocked off all the bell ornaments. A cat in a Christmas tree really can be a hilarious holiday sight — until it's not.
Collapsible pet gates can be used to create a wall around the Christmas tree area or even to block off access to that room altogether.
Position your DIY wall a bit of a distance away from the tree. Make sure it’s sturdy and secure so it won’t tip over. Vertical bars will limit your cat’s ability to climb the gates, whereas horizontal or grid bars are essentially a ladder they can scamper right up. A healthy, mobile cat can take a 4-foot jump with no problem. So, the taller, the better.
Free-standing Tall Pet Gate
Extra-Tall Auto-Close Security Baby Safety Gate
Use Smells to Keep Your Cat Away From Your Tree
Foil or other defenders might not dissuade your cat from exploring the tree. If that’s the case, you can try some deterrent spray on the tree, ornaments, and electrical cords. Be sure to use a spray made specifically for cats to avoid ingredients that may be irritating or dangerous to them. Instead of freely “spraying” the spray everywhere, saturate a rag and use that to wipe the spray where you need it.
Not only is this safer around electrical cords and outlets, but it helps to contain the scent. If the smell is unpleasant for your cat and spreads throughout the room, it can make them very uncomfortable. NEVER spray directly on or around your cat!
Two quick notes: Sprays can cause respiratory irritation to sensitive cats, such as asthmatic cats. It’s also important to reapply regularly. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security after one application. These sprays require regular application to be effective, and for some cats the smell isn't a deterrent.
Bitter Lemon Anti-Chew Spray for Pets
Decorating a Cat-Friendly & Cat-SafeTree
Electrical Cord Protection
Use cord protectors to keep cat teeth away from dangerous wires. This split corrugated tubing is inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Or you can use cat-safer battery-powered rope lighting.
Electriduct Tubing for Cord Protection
Here's a quick video showing you how I covered my electrical cords using the Electriduct Tubing.
CritterCord Cord Protector
Chewsafe Cord Cover – Pet Chewing Deterrent
Secure Your Ornaments
You can keep your ornaments on the tree, where they’re supposed to be, by ditching those dangerous metal hooks as they pose an ingestion, puncture, and paw injury risk. Use something like twist ties, a wire tie, or large plastic ornament hooks, like the one featured in the image. Be cautious, though. Cats will swallow stray twist ties when given the chance, leading to digestive upset or even puncture due to the thin wire inside.
Choose Appropriate Decorations
Go with ornaments that are sturdy. Avoid lots of dangly pieces that can activate your cat’s play drive, glitter and rhinestones that easily fall off, and fragile decorations that are likely to break with a paw swat or shake of the tree. Consider wood, paper, plastic, burlap, or felt ornaments (as long as they don’t look too much like your cat’s favorite toy). This is particularly important for the bottom of the tree, where your cat has easy access.
Skip decorations made from food. Cranberries, popcorn, gingerbread, and other “edible” ornaments and garland can not only attract your cat’s attention to the tree but also be dangerous if they take a nibble.
Also, on the “skip it” list are stringy ornaments and decorations like tinsel and fuzzy garland. There are actually cat toys that look exactly like those metallic, fuzzy garlands, so it may be unrealistic to expect your cat to leave the real garland alone. If swallowed these decorations can easily cause a linear foreign body digestive obstruction.
Watch out for scented ornaments. Many essential oils can be dangerous to cats, like peppermint and cinnamon. And artificial scents can lead to respiratory issues.
You can even try adding crumpled-up aluminum foil balls through the inner branches to deter kitty from climbing and give your tree a shiny, inner glow.
Danger of Christmas Tree Preservative for Your Cat
For safety's sake, don’t use tree preservatives, which can contain high concentrations of fertilizer that will be dangerous if your cat takes a drink of tree water – and many cats do! Some people also use aspirin to extend the life of their tree — DO NOT DO THIS.
Aspirin is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID), and while there are a few conditions where cats may be prescribed low doses of aspirin (but only on the advice of a veterinarian), if your cat ingests enough aspirin from your tree water, they could suffer bleeding and ulceration of their stomach and intestines.
Consider a Tree with Less Area to Play
As has been suggested in our comments section, consider a slimmer model.
Pencil trees are great for people who may not have a lot of room to decorate and even less room for storage.
If you have a mischievous feline, they may still jump onto the tree, so securing it is necessary. But you may see less damage to the ornaments, and the tree itself, with these shorter branches.
Give Your Cat a Christmas Tree Alternative
Cats instinctively seek out tall perches where they can lounge safely and survey their surroundings. So, to some degree, expecting a cat to stay out of a Christmas tree is asking them to deny their basic hardwiring. You can head this off at the pass by providing acceptable climbers and perches to meet that need. Reward your cat for climbing the cat tree, and they’ll soon realize that’s the better option.
If you're looking for a cat tree that blends in with your decor or is fancier than any piece of furniture you own (!), check out these very stylish cat tree options.
Merry Christmas, kitty! Looks who’s getting a brand-new cat tree this year!
Preventive Vet staff tip: Mazel is (thankfully) only interested in the tree for a short period of time at night. That being said, when his attention is on the tree, he turns into a tiny feral furry Godzilla type monster, and no lights or ornaments are safe.
PetFusion's Ambush Interactive Cat Toy was a game-changer. It doesn't matter if Mazel is under the tree or sleeping soundly in another room — the second he hears this toy turn on he is up, out, and ready to pounce on the little feather teaser that pops out of random holes around its base.
Mazel is seriously obsessed with this toy. It turns off on its own after about 5 minutes and then he spends the next ten minutes stalking it before deciding his time is better spent grabbing a snack and then taking a nap.
How About a Little Kitty Training for Christmas?
The holidays are a great time to do some training, so your cat will use a cat tree, or other perch, instead of the Christmas tree.
Most cats respond well to rewards. These can be whatever your cat loves — a favorite treat, a special wet food, petting, verbal praise, brushing, playing with a favorite toy, etc. Use this to your advantage and reward the behavior you want from your cat.
When they sit calmly near the tree, they get a treat or play session. When they bat at the ornaments, they get called away or removed from the room.
They’re going to catch on quickly that one of those behaviors gets them the good stuff, and the other gets them nothing at all.
If none of these tips are working and you're ready to give up entirely, it's time to get really creative like these people.
Got any of your own cat-proofing tips for Christmas or other holidays? Let us know in the comments below!
How to Keep Cats Out of Your Christmas Tree
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Christmas trees are a dangerous temptation for cats, but a few simple precautions can keep your kitty from making a holiday mess.
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How to Keep Your Cat Away From the Christmas Tree
There’s nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with a glass of egg nog under the glowing lights of the Christmas tree. But where you see a cherished holiday decoration, your cat sees a vibrant playground, a place to climb with shiny, dangly things to claw at, bark to scratch and exciting new smells to explore. It can be a dangerous combination for your home and your cat.
Guard the Base
A cat fence or gate is a good way to keep your cat from scratching at the base of the tree or playing with presents underneath it. A folding gate, like this one from PETMAKER on Amazon with 3,600 reviews and a 4.3-star rating, is a good option because you can adjust it to fit your tree and the natural wood finish doesn’t offset your holiday look.
Aluminum foil wrapped around the base of the tree trunk helps too. Most cats hate aluminum foil because of the noise it makes and how it feels underneath their paws, so they’re less inclined to climb and scratch.
Smells to Keep the Cat Away
Another way to prevent cats from turning the Christmas tree into an amusement park is to target their sense of smell. You can easily whip up a DIY cat repellent by putting some orange or lemon rinds in a cloth sack. Cats don’t typically like citrus smells, so just put the sack near the base or even hide it in the tree somewhere. .
If this doesn’t deter the cats, spray the tree with a mist made of a water and a few drops of citrus essential oils like citronella, orange or lemongrass added to a squirt bottle filled with water.
Move or Remove Decorations That Attract Cats
Keep the lower branches of the tree free of lights, tinsel or those shiny, fragile ornaments that cats love to attack. You don’t have to leave them off the tree, just move them up a little higher, out of reach. Or, if you do hang lights or tinsel on the lower part of the tree, wrap them around the branches and lock them down with a piece of clear tape. That way they won’t dangle and tempt your cat. Your cat will think any decorations that rattle or makes other noises are a cat toy, so leave those off the tree or move them out of range.
Secure the Tree
To a cat, a Christmas tree is a great to jump on and a nice perch to oversee their domain, so that means you need to make sure they can’t easily tip it over if they get past all the other precautions you’ve taken to keep them out. Secure it to a wall with some fishing line—tie it near the top—to help keep it falling over. Tie the line to the top of the tree and the other end to a curtain rod, a nail tucked into a stud, or something else sturdy enough to hold it in place.
Don’t forget about the furniture around the tree too. Move it away so that you cat can’t use it as a launch pad for adventure.
Consider Different Tree Types
Real Christmas trees look great, but needles can be hazardous for cats if they chew on them. It can even cause problems like drooling or vomiting. Artificial trees are a good alternative for pet owners, for that reason. There are way more options for artificial trees now that look realistic or give your living room a unique, artsy look. If you do opt for a real tree, keep the water bowl covered with a tree skirt and weighed down with presents or other decorations to keep the cats from drinking it. Chemicals use to preserve trees can make that water poisonous for pets.
Originally Published: December 09, 2020
Ryan Van Bibber
Ryan Van Bibber is a deputy editor at Family Handyman. He's been DIY'ing since he was a kid. A resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is especially proud of his aptitude with a swamp cooler, repairing stucco and engineering makeshift shade. As a career journalist, Ryan covered the NFL for more than a decade, worked as a senior editor at Outside as well as writing and editing buying guides and product reviews for several national publications. When he’s not working, you can find him on the trails with his family and two very good dogs.
How to scare away cats from your plot
If you have a summer cottage, you may encounter an unpleasant problem: neighbor cats and cats walk around your garden like at home, leave odorous marks, sharpen their claws on fruit trees, and sometimes even use beds as a tray. How to drive cats off the site? Here are some humane methods that will scare away stray or stray cats without harming them.
● Chatting with hosts
The first step is to find the owners of these cats and talk to the neighbors. Perhaps the owners will take your problem seriously and will not let the pets out of their plots. Advise them to arrange a cat corner: plant catnip (catnip), pour sand nearby. Then the cat or cat will stop misbehaving in other people's gardens, and instead they will enjoy the smell of their favorite plant.
● 9 0006
Being extremely clean animals, they will never get their paws dirty in damp soil. Water the beds regularly, and not a single cat will encroach on them. Also, cats are well repelled by automatic sprinklers with a motion sensor. Any cat passing by will get a nasty shower and avoid your yard next time. But be careful: you yourself can get under the water jets!
● Odors that repel cats
All cats have a very sensitive sense of smell, so they try to avoid strong unpleasant odors. To keep cats away from the garden, take a spray bottle and fill it with water mixed with eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus essential oils. Spray this mixture on fences, garden beds, porches, and other areas where stray cats have been picky. You can also lay out the chopped peel of an orange or lemon, scatter dry tobacco leaves or coffee grounds, arrange cups with aromatic spices over the area. Places where cat marks have already been left, water 9% vinegar or iodine.
Another way to use scents is to plant a special scented herb. Plants that repel cats: cayenne pepper, dog coleus, lemongrass, allspice. Try also to act "on the contrary": plant catnip or valerian in a vacant lot near the site. Neighbor cats are guaranteed to forget about your beds!
● Sound that repels cats
Recently, ultrasonic repellers have become widespread. These portable devices generate high-pitched sound that is inaudible to the human ear, but annoying to cats, dogs, and rodents. In general, this is very convenient: you can immediately get rid of mice and neighbor cats. Manufacturers of ultrasonic repellers claim that their products are absolutely safe and do not harm health.
● Unpleasant surfaces
Cats do not like surfaces that tingle their paw pads - marble chips, crushed stones, cones, nutshells. You can make decorative circles of marble chips around the flower beds, mulch the plantings with cones or nutshells, and also make a protective strip around the perimeter of the site - at least a meter wide, so that it is difficult to jump over it.
● Guard Animals
One of the most obvious solutions is to keep a dog or large cat on the property. They will protect their territory and expel strangers or homeless animals from your site. True, if the cat is not castrated, he himself can run away, flattered by a fluffy beauty passing by.
● Good fence
The best way to protect against the penetration of unwanted four-legged guests is a high metal fence (made of corrugated board, euro picket fence, etc.). Cats will not be able to walk on a thin metal edge, while wooden fences for them are their favorite places to walk.
If you can't or don't want to change the old fence, modify it a little: close up large cracks and holes, stretch a strong thread or fishing line over the top edge. This will make it harder for cats to move around the fence, and perhaps they will find another place to play tricks.
Now you know what keeps cats away and how to use it to protect your garden. We hope you can handle the intruders with humane methods and maintain your peace of mind.
How to keep someone else's cat away from your house. How to keep cats away from garden beds
Our fluffy pets not only bring a lot of joy and warmth to their owners, but also sometimes cause a lot of inconvenience. Even a domestic cat can sometimes begin to misbehave, arranging a toilet in the wrong place, dumping flower pots from window sills and bedside tables, tearing important papers and books to shreds. And almost everyone is familiar with the problems that street representatives of the feline family bring. There is an unpleasant smell in the entrance, where the animal has chosen a toilet for itself, and heart-rending screams at night, and scattered remnants of food that compassionate inhabitants of the entrance take out to cats.
Cats dislike certain scents
Surprisingly, cats also have unloved smells.
To prevent unpleasant consequences caused by the inappropriate behavior of domestic or outdoor cats, you can use their dislike for certain fragrances.
How do unloved smells affect cats?
Cat-friendly fragrances can be used to protect, for example, personal items.
Like humans, cats have several scents that they cannot tolerate.
Moreover, certain smells can have different effects on furry pets. Most often, these scents:
- evoke a subconscious feeling of fear in the animal;
- inspire pets with a sense of disgust;
- cause a feeling of anxiety and threat.
All this will achieve the main goal - the protection of personal belongings and individual places of the apartment or entrance from the interest of animals.
How to scare away a cat with a smell
The surest way to inspire a pet to avoid a favorite pot of flowers or a soft blanket is to treat things with substances with a frightening aroma. These include:
- Perfumes with a strong odor . Perfume or toilet water is a strong irritant for almost any cat. That is why you can sprinkle your favorite blanket with a lot of your favorite perfume. True, it is not a fact that after that the owners will be comfortable sleeping under a blanket that is fragrant throughout the apartment. But it should be remembered that sooner or later the smell will disappear, and by that time the cat will have already developed a reflex to prohibit approaching this object.
The strong smell of perfume is an irritant for cats.
- Citrus flavors . The smells of lemon, tangerine or orange have a very strong effect on the sensitive sense of smell of cats. To save a separate corner, which the cat has chosen for his toilet, it is enough to treat it with a small amount of lemon juice. And you can also leave lemon or orange fresh peels there, exuding aroma.
Who would have thought, but cats do not like the smell of citrus!
- Vinegar . The pungent smell of vinegar essence can keep a pet away from a flower pot or favorite chair for a long time. One drop of such a liquid is enough, and the cat will stop jumping onto a chair or using the wrong place for its toilet.
It is with the help of vinegar that the owners will keep their pets away from flower pots.
All of these substances have a deterrent effect on cats and cats. You can use such funds not only for processing domestic plots, but also for weaning street cats from your entrance , basement or attic.
Odors that disgust cats and cats
In addition to frightening aromas, there are substances that cats cannot tolerate on a physiological level, experiencing a feeling of disgust towards them. These include:
What is especially convenient in using such means of protecting things from cats is their availability. Pet owners do not have to spend money on expensive repellents, since onions, garlic and strong alcohol are in almost every home.
Anxious odors for cats
To drive cats away from the entrance and save them from the desire to return, you can use scents that cause animals to feel anxiety and danger on a subconscious level. These include:
For home use, citrus scents and essential oils are most suitable, as well as finely chopped onion or garlic.
How to get rid of street cats in the stairwell with the help of smells?
If you need to rid the porch, office space or basement of cats, then rue, vinegar and lavender will be the most effective. In moderate concentration, any of these substances is completely safe for animals.
Owners of domestic cats should be careful with the use of rue oil, as in excessive concentration it can cause the following allergic reactions in humans:
- allergic dermatitis;
- allergic .
Now everyone who is looking for an answer to the question of how to scare away a cat with a smell can use any of the remedies described in the article and be convinced of their effectiveness.
Hello, dear creators of such a wonderful newspaper! Please help me with my trouble. My cats - fluffy beauties - crap right on the beds with radishes, tomatoes, peas, etc. I have been dealing with this problem since last year. The place in the garden during the germination period, where the cat dug up the ground and went to the toilet, becomes empty for the current season. As a result, the beds are half empty, and you feel sorry for your work. I am a pensioner and do not want to waste my energy on cultivating the land and planting. Teach how to wean cats to shit in the beds?
Faina Bugaeva, Lipetsk region
Veterinarian Daria Rudenko answers
You can protect the beds from the invasion of cats by covering them with thorny branches. For this, branches of spruce, wild rose, burdock or cut blackberries are usually used. Most often, cats "go" to freshly plowed beds, while nothing has grown there yet, but with the advent of the first shoots they are looking for another "toilet". If this is your case, then this is a good solution to your problem.
Branches will protect your beds until the first shoots (by the way, they will help keep the soil moist, which will increase the germination of your crops), and then they will have to be removed.
Summer residents say that a special spray can help protect the beds, with the help of which they keep furniture from the claws of pets. But these funds quickly disappear, and they will have to be renewed every time. And yes, they are not cheap.
It has also been proven that weaning the cat from the garden bed will help cover them with a hedge net. Just put the net on those parts of the garden or flower garden that you want to protect from the invasion of caudates, and that's it.
I don't know how it works, but cats don't visit the beds covered with netting, and this in turn protects the seedlings from their "subversive" activities. In addition, the mesh does not in the least interfere with caring for the beds (watering, pulling out weeds), and such beds look much better than beds covered with branches.
To gardeners who use this method of protecting plants from cats, I want to give an important advice. For this purpose, it is necessary to purchase a mesh with sufficiently large cells to avoid possible damage to plants. After all, it will be more difficult to remove the fine-mesh mesh from crops and plantings - after the plants gain strength and grow.
After you've covered the beds with netting, it's a good idea to dig up a small waste area in your cat garden and fill it with sand. Thus, he will attract the attention of the naughty girls, and distract them from your beds.
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Many summer residents who leave the city with the onset of warm days take their four-legged pets with them with pleasure. The benefits of cats there are considerable: they catch, moles, insect pests. However, pets, their own or neighbors, give gardeners and gardeners a lot of trouble.
In addition to catching birds, feasting on tender seedlings and even tasting fresh cucumbers, some cats even without a twinge of conscience perform natural needs right on the beds!
Why you need to wean
It would seem, well, what is special about the fact that the cat went to the garden? It's just earth, not the master's bed, or favorite shoes. Meanwhile, it is reckless not to attach importance to this phenomenon, since cat excrement poses a danger to human health. Animals can be carriers of various diseases, such as toxoplasmosis and helminthiasis.
In addition, the urine of cats has a strong specific smell of ammonia, which is very difficult to remove. It contains a huge amount of nitrogen salts that can destroy the roots and foliage of plants. The place where the cat loosened the soil layer and peed remains empty in the current season - nothing will grow on it.
Cat waste is never used as fertilizer for these reasons. If you do not want your work to be lost, and the beds in the garden "pleased" the eye with the absence of a crop, you will be interested to know what to do in such cases, and how to drive cats and cats away from the beds so that they do not crap.
Keeping pets out of the garden is the best thing you can do. However, this is not as simple as it might seem at first glance.
There are several effective ways to help keep cats away from coveted beds. By the way, these simple tips are also effective in relation to other uninvited guests - neighbor's cats, weasels, foxes that can cause damage to your household.
Motion sensors that connect to a garden hose or automatic watering system are very effective in this regard. Whenever the mischievous head to the garden, these devices will abruptly throw out water.
If you are a feline owner and live in a private home, or have four-legged pranksters in your neighborhood, then you should be prepared for the fact that you may have some problems. After all, cats are very fond of "hosting" in other people's areas. In order to prevent this possibility, there are several simple and effective remedies that scare away cats. We will talk about what smells they do not like and how to apply them.
Trouble caused by a cat in the garden/dacha
A cat is a freedom-loving and playful animal, which is very difficult to educate. Cats are very fond of everything new, especially they are attracted by the exploration of territories. Therefore, if your neighbors have a fluffy pet, then soon expect a "guest" in your garden.
Do not underestimate the problems that may arise when a cat appears on the site:
- Cats are very fond of marking their "territory" and the neighbor's garden/garden definitely falls under this concept. Male cats use not only urine for these purposes, but also a special secret, which, when it comes into contact with garden plants and fruit and vegetable crops, simply burns them. In addition, they are very fond of sharpening their claws on tree trunks, which harms them.
- Cats go to the toilet not only on the territory of their house, but also leave their neighbors with a kind of "marks" in the garden / kitchen garden in the form of holes dug in the ground.
Cats can cause a lot of trouble to garden owners
- Since a cat is a predatory animal by nature, it very often hunts mice and birds on its territory. And if getting rid of rodents is a salvation for gardeners, then many birds, on the contrary, are trying to attract them to their gardens. And cats can not only destroy them, but also proudly bring half-dead prey home.
- Cats love to soak up the sun and very often choose flower beds and garden plants as a place for "rest", eventually simply breaking them.
"Scented" Ways to Repel Cats
Before we start looking at scents that repel cats, we suggest you try a method using a scent that attracts them. It's catnip or catnip. A very beautiful plant, which throughout the summer period will decorate the site with multi-colored inflorescences. Cats simply adore this smell and will be happy to settle in a planted catnip corner: sleep there, gnaw on the leaves of the plant, etc. And if you add some dry sand there, then the cat will (with a high probability) prefer to go to the toilet in this place, and not in the garden. The catnip requires virtually no maintenance. Planted in a sunny, dry place, it will overwinter well and will self-seed again. In addition, fresh young catnip leaves can be used as a fragrant flavor additive in soups and salads, and dried ones can be used in herbal teas.
There are a number of odors that cats find unpleasant. And this means that you can make cat "repellers" with your own hands. Let's consider the most effective of them:
- Some plants will become an excellent repellent. So, the cat will not get used to the territory of the garden, in which eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender are planted. These plants will perform two functions at once: they will decorate your site, because they have a beautiful appearance, and they will work effectively as a repeller, because cats cannot stand their smell. Coleus canina or Coleus canine will also be an excellent repeller for cats. It is believed that it emits an unpleasant odor for cats when touched. This plant is quite thermophilic, therefore, for the autumn-winter period, you should either bring it indoors or plant it again every year.
Some plants will become natural cat repellents
- A great way to repel cats is to mulch the soil with citrus peel, coffee grounds and pipe tobacco. Treat the soil with these products in places that you would like to leave untouched by the cat's paws (between beds, near flowers or bird feeders, etc.). Cats will not like the smell emanating from the soil treated in this way, but for the soil itself it will be very useful, because citrus fruits, tobacco, and coffee are able to absorb nitrogen and convert it into oxygen that supplies the soil.
- If none of the above methods help, then you can go to the "heavy weapon": use a special cat repellent, which is sold in pet stores. It usually consists of predator urine. It will be enough to apply a small amount of this substance around the area and the cat will no longer stick its curious nose.
Before using a store-bought "repeller" for cats, make sure that it does not contain substances harmful to the animal.