How to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard

by Alex Kountry
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If you’re struggling with keeping cats out of your yard, you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to keep those pesky felines away for good.

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The best way to keep cats out of your yard is to put up a fence. You can either put up a physical fence or an invisible fence. If you choose to go with a physical fence, make sure it is at least six feet tall so that the cats can’t jump over it. If you go with an invisible fence, make sure the collar is fitted properly and that the batteries are fresh.

Types of fencing that will work

There are a few types of fencing that will work to keep cats out of your yard. The best type of fence is a solid fence that is at least six feet tall. A chain link fence can also work, but it needs to be at least four feet tall with the bottom tilted outwards at a 45 degree angle. You can also use an electric fence, but it needs to be high enough so that the cat cannot jump over it, and it needs to have a strong enough charge to deter the cat from trying to come into your yard.

How high the fence needs to be

Most people think that the fence needs to be really high, but in reality, it only needs to be about 3 feet high. The reason for this is that cats can easily jump over a short fence, but they can’t jump over a taller one. Another thing to keep in mind is that the fence should be made of a material that cats can’t claw their way through, such as metal or vinyl.


The best way to keep cats out of your yard is to use a repellent. There are many different types of repellents, but the most effective are ultrasonic repellers. These devices emit a high-pitched sound that only cats can hear, and it will deter them from entering your yard. You can also use a motion-activated sprinkler, which will spray water at any cat that enters your yard.

Types of repellents

When it comes to choosing a repellent, you have several options. Some are safe for use around children and pets, while others are not. You also need to decide whether you want a chemical or physical barrier.

There are three main types of cat repellents:
-Ultraviolet (UV) light devices
-Ultrasonic sound devices

Mothballs are the most common type of cat repellent. They work by releasing a foul odor that cats find unpleasant. However, mothballs are also toxic to humans and animals, so they should be used with caution.

UV light devices emit a bright light that cats find uncomfortable. These devices can be used indoors or out, but they must be plugged in to an outlet to work. Ultrasonic sound devices emit a high-pitched noise that is only audible to cats. These devices can also be used indoors or out, but they require batteries to operate.

How to use repellents

The two most common ingredients found in commercial cat repellents are methyl nonyl ketone (MNK) and capsaicin. Both of these ingredients are odorless to humans, but highly offensive to cats. You can find these ingredients in a variety of products, such as sprays, granules, and diffusers.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using repellents:
-Repellents will only work if the cat is willing to leave the area. If a cat feels threatened or is looking for food, they may not be deterred by the repellent.
-Repellents should be used as a temporary measure. They should not be used in place of proper fencing or other long-term solutions.
-Make sure to follow the instructions on the product label. Repellents can be toxic if used incorrectly.

Other Tips

There are a few things you can do to keep cats out of your yard. You can try to keep your yard clean, clear out any hiding spots, and make sure there are no food or water sources that would attract them. You can also try to block their access to your yard with a fence or other barrier.

Trimming trees and bushes

If you have cats climbing trees in your yard, you may want to trim the lower branches of the trees. This will make it more difficult for cats to climb the trees and get to your yard. You can also trim bushes and shrubs so that they are not as easy for cats to hide in.

Keeping your yard clean

In order to keep cats out of your yard, you will need to take some preventative measures to make it uninviting for them. One of the most important things you can do is to keep your yard clean and free of debris. This means regularly picking up any trash, leaves, or other items that might attract cats. You should also avoid feeding your own pets outside, as this can attract neighborhood cats as well.

Another helpful tip is to install motion-activated sprinklers in your yard. These devices will scare away cats (and other animals) with a burst of water whenever they enter the detection zone. You can also try using citrus-scented products in your yard, as cats do not like the smell of citrus. Finally, make sure that any gaps or holes in your fence are sealed off, as this will deter cats from trying to sneak into your yard.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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