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Please let me know. I'm sure there are plenty of people with Leylandi hedges of over 20 years who would want to know your professional answers.
We have also had occasion to deter other cats from our garden and the best way to do this, we find, is to get one of those water bottles with a sports cap, fill it with tap water and spray the intruder with water when you see it in your garden - it'll soon learn not to go there again!
I know collars with bells are recommended, but as I would hate to have a bell ringing round my neck constantly, I don't like to inflict it on another living creature. By the way, my cats are terrified of the visiting pheasants, and it is very funny to see them running into the house when they hear one approaching.
Do your best to get along with your neighbors by discouraging the cats using your yard as a litter box. We have this problem too. Look where they are going and why. I have found they usually use the dry soil patches under the eaves of the house. I put a thick layer of hazelnut shells a foot or so from the house foundation under the eaves looks beautiful and the cats don't like the sharpish but not harmful edges of the shells underfoot. I have also used twigs from our trees and scattered them in areas cats would use. These two methods have eliminated the problem for us. Just remember cats aren't trying to annoy you on purpose, they just gotta go!
I have always had cats and yet my sparrow and tit populations have increased from a handful to hundreds in the years since we have been here. Many nest in the eaves of the house or in an old barn and we get visitors from the nearby woods as well as seasonal invasions.
I feed the birds all year, up high out of feline leaping reach and the ground feeders are fed in the open out of pouncing reach with no cover for felines. I lose a few to the local sparrowhawk but even fewer to the cats.