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hi everyone I think I have found a solution to keeping cats out of your garden without hurting the cats. We were hounded by our next door neighbours 3 cats doing their business on the soil in our garden. We tried numerous things lions roar supposed to deter and pepper without success. We went to visit my friend who has 3 cats and they never went outside of her garden. She is one of the great people who think that cats should not be doing their business in other peoples garden. On the fence she made what she called a cat tunnel. The simple solution was chicken fence wire half a metre wide so no sharp edges like barbed wire which would hurt a cat. You just bend the chicken wire over the wooden fence in the garden and staple it down,.I would check with your neighbours to see if they want to keep the cats out of their garden first before you staple it over their side of the fence. Lucky for us all our neighbours felt the same way so that they were delighted with the results. Such a easy solution . When we came home I bought some of the chicken wire from ebay which was the perfect size and placed it on the wooden fence around the garden. I was a bit hesitant at first just because the wooden fence did not look so neat with the chicken wire on it but hey presto since we have put the chicken wire up no cats now come into the garden. We have seen the cats come up to our fence look up but turn away and go into some one elses garden. Hence we are delighted that we now do not get the cats dirty business in our garden and the cats are not hurt in any way. We know what it is like to have cats fouling in the garden. Its not a pleasant thing when grandchildren play in the garden and pick up flowers where the cats have been using the ground as a toilet. I would say to everyone give this a try but make sure that your garden is used all around the perimeters of the fence so that when the cat looks at the chicken wire it will not climb or jump into your garden Good luck
Sounds a really good idea if it really works. There have been several threads here about the cat problem.
That's a clever idea if it works. I wonder if its possible to put some kind of similar thing on your side of the garden so that if you've a neighbour you don't talk too you could put it on the fence (esp. if you own the fence) without complaint that their cat can no longer get out their garden into yours.
I've got a feeling the cat might just walk out its own front gate and down the neighbours path...
Victoria That's how our feline visitors arrive.
I have 'visitors' as well as my own and they're as bold as brass
Our neighbour's cat hasn't visited us for weeks - not since he snuck through the Hedgehog Gate, stalked a blackbird, crouching and wiggling his tail and then pounced ................................................ landing right in the deepest part of the new pond - he left in high dudgeon with his tail between his legs.
The neighbours report a very subdued cat - it's at least a month since he's been seen in our back garden - although he is using the newly dug border in the front garden.
I'd have loved to have seen that.
When one of my cats was little he thought the starlings were 'in' the pond and used to go nuts turning somersaults trying to get the reflections. Very funny when they were only a few metres above his head...
hi thanks for the replies still no cats coming into the back garden so maybe the chicken wire has done the trick. Its funny watching the cats looking up at the fence and then turning their heads and walk away to another garden. Will keep you all posted if we see any more cats in the garden. Let me know if anyone else tries this idea in their back gardens to keep out the cats.
Could you put a picture up of the chicken wire fence, I am struggling to imagine it? I am intrigued, it sounds like army fencing?
hi tried to put some photos on but having difficulty but will try again. Haha it sounds like army fencing but its feels like we need an army to deter the cats which come into our garden to do their business. The fencing might not look so pretty but as time goes by the fencing will go rusty brown to match the brown fencing. Will try again to put on a photo at least the fencing is working for us and we are highly delighted as we know that our grandchildren will be safe from picking up cats pooh with the plants. hope you get the photo
Cats come into my garden under the hedge.
about 2 am I heard a sorta scratching noise. got up and looked out window. I think the cat had tried his usual place and found it barred. So he then climbed up in the corner at the end of the gardens and started walking along the fence where I had put the wires. I thought, 'Oh no, its not working. But when he got to the end of one fence he found it hard to start the next (I think because it is most taut there..?) and the cat turned around back the way he'd come and then jumped down into his own garden. He didn't even bother to try the other fence at the end of the garden. No poo in my garden this morning!
how cool is that?!
Well the cat just woke me up trying to get over thE netting I put up. After ten minutes he managed it. so upsetting to see. Because I'm shattered from doing the work. at this point I figured I may as we'll get up as the birds are singing and the suns coming up anyway - no chance of me getting to sleep now, so I crept downstairs into the Garden and as it was taking a dump (this time in my gravel I have on the flowerbeds), I turned the garden hose on full blast and soaked the blighter. as predicted he jumped onto the far fence and made a bee line for home across it but I was ready And gave him a thorough soaking. He is extremely wet. If he comes back after this I think I give up.
Here is a tip from my granny, she says its an old method that used to deter cats in her day!
Peel some ginger roots or oranges ( if using oranges, fork the skins b4 peeling, to release there natural oils) rub them along your fence tops, posts, and gateways!
According to granny, its the smell that deters the cats!
There heightened sense of smell can smell it way b4 they reach the fence, you can smell it when your on top of the fence only!
You can use orange peel or ginger, or a mixture of both, depends what you happen to have at home!
Both have to be raw!
You can use the whole orange, skin it best though, as it has the most smell