I am normally a cat-lover, but a local cat (or cats) have decided to use my garden as a public loo. I am therefore not feeling the love right now.
Cat droppings were at first only found in my front garden, but lately the back garden has been assaulted too. Fabulous. Not.
Last year a purchased PestBye battery operated cat repeller from Amazon. It works beautifully, I notice a difference the minute the batteries require changing- yep, more poo to clean up!
Now that the back garden is being pooped on, I have decided to up the game. First of all the thought of cat poo mixing with veges I am trying to grow is revolting, and secondly my kids are playing a lot more outdoors.
So, back to Amazon I went and this time I purchased two more PestBye cat repellant units. In order to cover a wide range of area I have had to hang the units high and at an angle. One is hung on a trellis and the other is on a recycled old broom stick (!).
I also purchased a bottle of Get Off cat and dog repellant crystals to scatter directly on the cats’ favoured areas. The crystals are gel-like and moist. The instructions recommend keeping the bottle from heat and frost.
There is a strong offensive smell that hits you when you open the bottle and as you scatter it out. To be honest I was worried my whole garden would become very pongy (although it’s a price I am willing to pay to get rid of these cats!). However as the day went on I did not even notice it. I just hope that it is effective.
The packaging says it is fine on ‘plant beds’, but does not specifically say anything about vegetable patches. I am reluctant to risk putting it directly where my veges are growing. So instead the crystals have been scattered in a ring around where veges are growing.
To end, I say again, I do love cats. In fact there used to be an adorable, well-behaved cat living next to me. It was so sad when he passed away, and I miss him even more now that I am having these feline problems!
It has been a good five days since I wrote this up as a draft and I am so happy to report that the garden remains cat-poo free!