- Cat deterrent
A cat deterrent is a mechanism or device used to discourage
cats from entering an area, or to encourage them to leave if they do enter. Cat deterrents are most commonly used by gardeners, in order to prevent damage to their gardens, to avoid cat feces, or to protect birds.
Things used as cat deterrents include:
Orange peeland other objects with a citrussmell
* Ultrasonic technology
Lion Dung has been reported to be an effective method of deterring cats, and has received support from the British organisation
Cats Protection. One anecdotal experience reported by the BBC [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1909229.stm BBC News | ENGLAND | Cat-astrophic feline deterrent ] at news.bbc.co.uk] found that it was not terribly effective however.
Ultrasonic devices (inaudible to humans) are a popular method of deterring cats. The
RSPB, on the basis of a trial involving 150 volunteers, has endorsed a commercial product called "CatWATCH" [http://www.rspb.org.uk/gardens/advice/cats/catdeterrent.asp RSPB research on electronic cat deterrents]
Catstop is a similar product to catwatch.
A design for an electric fence, run off of mains 230VAC, for deterring cats can be found [http://www.marcspages.co.uk/tech/6105.htm here] .A variety of commercially produced electric fences are also available, with voltages low enough to deter but not cause harm to cats.Care must be taken with the strength of electric current used; one
Cumbriapensioner received a fine for setting up a system based on a 12v battery charger, knowingly allowing a dangerously high current to flow through the wiring as he had lied about using a battery charger and had instead had used the 230v mains electricity supply to energize the wiring. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/3049297.stm BBC NEWS | England | Cumbria | Pet killed by 'electric fence' ] ] [ [http://www.metro.co.uk/metro/weird/article.html?in_page_id=4&in_article_id=10608 Pet cat fried on electric fence | Metro.co.uk ] ] . Cats Protectiondescribe the use of electric fences as "barbaric" on their website due to the physical harming of a cat or any other creature that comes into contact with an electric fence.
* [http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=42039 BirdForum advice on cat deterrence]
* [http://www.safepetproducts.com/pilot.asp?pg=catstop_main An ultrasonic cat deterrent]
* [http://www.conceptresearch.co.uk/cats.htm An electronic cat deterrent device]
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