Re: Need a CAT repeller fast
I’ve had to deal with this, too.
Do you know if there is a particular direction or ‘pathway’ they use to get into your yard? Or do they wander in from all directions? The one thing I found that worked well depended on the first. Don’t know if it would do any good on the second.
Rambling first. Sorry for the wordiness.
The water spray concept is good, and I use that often in training indoor cats. But it takes as much consistency as you can manage, and works best if they mostly don’t connect the water with your presence. Can be hard to do outdoors, unless you have a lot of time to spend watching for cats, and are good at being sneaky (grin).
We have (blush) used human urine against groundhogs. Worked really well for about half of a growing season. Then they smartened up, and ignored it. And Ugq is right. Smells like this depend on the animal knowing the smell. A cat that has not learned to be afraid of a coyote isn’t bothered by the smell. Male cats are very often put off by male human urine, but female cats, especially in heat are actually attracted by it…. Long painful story. Don’t ask….
The one thing I found that made a big difference was that, in my situation, there was a specific part of the yard where the cats were used to coming through. Not any kind of gate-in-a-fence, but just from ‘that direction’. I put out a large, lowish tray with a mix of garden soil and cat litter about 30 ft inside the yard near that direction, and sprinkled catnip for about a ft around it, but not in it. After about a week, they were mostly using that general area. Once a week or so, I would refresh the thing, and slide it a few feet back toward ‘their yard’. It took, overall, a couple of months, but not with a lot of work. Then I planted catnip at the property edge.
Hasn’t eliminated everything. Occasionally, when they are wandering, they get ‘caught short’. But they don’t head here with with ‘litter box’ in mind. This was a few years ago, and they (and their grown kittens) are not any kind of problem.