Do you have cats that are spraying around the perimeter of your home like your door or garden? Could it be stray cats or worse, a neighbor’s cat? How do you stop cats from spraying outside your home?
It’s easy to feel like you have no control over this problem and the frustration can be overwhelming, however, there are definitely things you can do to keep these pesky cats out of your territory
Before you do anything to prevent future spraying from outdoor cats, make sure you eliminate the odor of the effected areas completely. This could include doors, fences, cars, bikes or anything else that is being sprayed on. Enzymatic cleaners, such as those made by Natures Miracle, work best and are readily available on the market.
- If it is your neighbor’s cat, have a chat with your neighbor and let them know what you are experiencing. Ask if his or her cat is spayed or neutered. Or perhaps they can keep their cat more contained with something like an enclosed outdoor cat run.
- If it’s a stray or strays, there are several things you can do.
- If you are so inclined, you can take strays to a spay/neuter clinic.
- If you catch a cat in the act of spraying, using a squirt gun or hose with some water will quickly scare the cat and if done over time, will give the cat the message that this is not a “user friendly” place for marking.
- If you are only seeing the evidence, then below are some organic methods you can use to keep cats from spraying in your space:
- Grind up some lemon or grapefruit rind and spread over the soil in your yard. These have a bitter undertone that is unpleasant to cats.
- Chop up some strong smelling soap like Irish Spring or Zest. Place them around your door or yard. These smells are generally offensive to cats, yet they are non toxic and safe.
- If you are more ambitious, you can plant garlic around the parameters of your home. Garlic is a great deterrent and keeps other animals out of your yard as well.
- Avoid using mothballs, chili pepper, or coffee grounds. These can be toxic or fatal if consumed by cats or other animals.
It is easier to begin with inexpensive and non toxic methods, but if the problem persists, it may be worth investing in a motion detector that ward off unwanted animals by emitting a high frequency sound, offensive to animals, but undetectable by humans.
There are even motion detector sprinkler systems; these can be useful if it is your garden you are trying to protect. Anytime a cat or other animal enters your garden, it will set the sprinklers to go off. These motion sensor deterrents can be found in any hardware store.
Although cats are creatures of habit, and will continue spraying in the same locations again and again, they tend to avoid anything that causes them discomfort or pain. If you persistently communicate to these cats that this is an unwelcome territory for them to be in, they will eventually leave your premises in search of another more welcoming place.