Cats may be considered a desirable pet for many people, but that does not mean that they do not come with their share of problems. If you own an outdoor cat or know of stray cats in the neighborhood, there are things that they can do to cause grief.
1. Cats can easily cause destruction to property. They could tear up garbage left outside, use part of the front or back porch as a scratching post, and so on. The cat may even believe that the garden area or playground sandbox is a litter box for their personal use.
2. It can be quite unpleasant to be woken up in the middle of the night by a loud noise; this is something that may happen when cats are around. Male cats tend to fight over territory or a mate, and this could potentially last for some time.
3. Like many animals, cats have a habit of marking their territory. Therefore, smells may be present around the outside of the home. This would be especially noticeable during the warmer months, when homeowners open windows to air things out and cool off.
Thankfully, all is not lost. There are a few experiments that you can attempt to repel these cats for as long as you feel the need.
What You Can Try
1. Utilize water when trying to intimidate them. Cats are notoriously fearful and annoyed by water; though this is not necessarily true for all of them, this can still be used to your advantage. One option is to stand outside with a water hose, squirting water at any cat that chooses to come by. If you have one, a water gun would work just as well. Keep doing it consistently until the cats get the message that you wish for them to leave. Or, should you have the budget, you might want to look into a motion sensor sprinkler system.
2. If you have any oranges or lemons around the home, take the peels and scatter them around the outside perimeter. Cats find the smell unattractive or even offensive, and are unlikely to hang around with them present. Make certain to replace the peels as often as possible, or they will lose their effect.
3. Get a pet; in this case, a dog. Cats and dogs generally do not get along, so if the cat should see your dog wandering around the yard or inside, they may stay away. However, never get a dog just because you want a guard against the cats. Get a dog because you care about animals and want to have another living thing in your life.