What’s the best cat scarer on the market?
One of the biggest dilemmas we face as victims of cat vandalism is that many of the cat repellents currently on the market don’t work on every breed. I’ve been through my fair share of products in the past, and while I’ve had plenty of success, there always seems to be one neighbourhood cat that’s too cunning to fall for my tricks.
I have a very large garden, so it’s a little more difficult for me to find a cat scarer that can cover an adequate amount of space. While I’ve had a lot of positive results using ultrasonic cat repellents, they tend to be quite expensive and don’t cover the entire surface area that I need; therefore, flower patches that boarder my garden will still often suffer.
I’ve found the best solution to be a combination of ultrasonic sound devices, repellent pellets and herbs and spices planted among the shrubbery.
Ultrasonic Cat Repellents
An ultrasonic cat repellent is a device which will activate when it detects movement. It works by projecting a very high-pitched frequency that cats dislike – often inaudible to the human ear. When I first started using ultrasonic repellents I had a lot of success; however, it didn’t take long for the local cats to figure out that it was their movement that caused the device to sound. After a few months they managed to find routes into my garden that didn’t cross the ultrasonic path. I moved the device around a few times, but it always ended with the same result.
Eventually I decided to update my ultrasonic device to an infra-red activated product. This significantly helped. Infra-red won’t activate due to movement, but only when it detects heat from something living. This meant that the cats were always caught, even if they tried to venture around an obstruction.
While the ultrasonic device worked wonders for the entrance areas, the cats still found routes to the back of my garden. Instead of investing too much money on electronic devices I decided to go for a more natural cat scarer. I picked up a few boxes of repellent pellets and scattered them around the boarders of the problem areas. While this didn’t solve the problem instantly, I noticed that the cats would become confused when they entered these areas.
A few weeks went by and I saw cats frequent the flower patch less and less; however, one or two seemed immune to the problem. I scattered more pellets to no avail, but since there was only a couple cats remaining, I thought it best to use another natural product rather than spending too much money on another ultrasonic device.
Herbs and Spices
After scouring the Internet and speaking to other cat victims on forums, I decided to take a visit to my local garden centre and by a couple lavender plants. I love the look and smell of lavender so it seemed like the perfect choice for me. I’d read that the smell is so potent it confuses the cats’ senses, so I thought that this could be the extra push I needed to drive away the remaining cats.
I’m glad to report that the lavender was a huge success. Like the pellets, it didn’t work instantly. The remaining cats still came back every couple of days to see if the small was gone, but the lavender was too potent to ignore. After a week they disappeared and never came back.
One thing I discovered early on is that cat poop can mask the smell of pellets, herbs and spices, so I would always make sure to go on the daily rounds and remove any poop from my garden as soon as possible. Luckily I did, because I discovered afterwards that cat poop is toxic and can harm soil.
The combination of ultrasonic car scarers, pellets and herbs is very cheap. Battery powered ultrasonic cat scarers are the biggest expense, but a device that could cover an entire small garden can cost as little at £50. Pellets and herbs on the other hand can be found for just a few pounds at virtually every garden centre. This is certainly a small price to pay considering the effort involved when maintaining a garden.
Purchasing online is without a doubt cheaper than buying in retail stores – something I wish I knew back when the problem started.