- Cover and tightly secure trash can lids with bungee cords.
- Physically block or seal locations that cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice.
- Cover exposed ground in flower beds with large river rocks to keep cats from digging.
- Purchase a Cat Scat™ mat to keep cats from digging.
- Arrange branches in lattice-type patterns or use actual lattice fencing material over soil, this discourages digging.
- Purchase a car cover if cats are walking on your vehicle.
- Use plastic car carpet, spiked-side up and covered lightly in soil, in gardens, flower beds, and other landscaping.
Electronic and Battery Operated Deterrents
- Hoont™ Motion Activated Electronic Animal Repeller
- CatStop™ Ultrasonic deterrent
- Scarecrow™Motion Activated Sprinkler
*You can purchase these deterrents at a hardware store or www.amazon.com.
To keep cats away from gardens, flower beds, or specific areas of property, scatter fragrant items that don’t appeal to a cat’s sense of smell.
- Fresh orange or lemon peels.
- Organic citrus-scented sprays.
- Sprinkle coffee grounds, vinegar, or pipe tobacco, oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus.
in gardens or landscaping
Killing and relocating will not reduce the outdoor cat population.
Historically, cats are a part of wildlife, they were not brought indoors until the 1950s. Because of their history, all cats are born with an instinct to survive outside, and have adapted quite well to life in the city, where food, water, and shelter are abundant.
Not only can cats survive without human help, they have also been extremely successful reproducing in the city. Cat overpopulation is a community issue, and it is our responsibility to make sure that our tiny friends are spayed, neutered, and returned to their outdoor homes.
If cats are permanently removed from a location, the area will suffer from what is called “The Vacuum Effect” which a new colony of cats will infiltrate the unoccupied area, regardless of whether the cats are being fed by someone. By implementing TNR in Philadelphia, the outdoor cat population will eventually decrease; although this takes time and a great deal of help from people who live in the community!