Keeping Cats Out of the Yard?

I'm really scared of cats. Someone told me to sprinkle cayenne pepper around to keep them out of my yard. Is this a good idea? I just wanna keep them away with no harm.


By Vanessa

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January 28, 20151 found this helpful
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Cayenne is certainly not cat friendly, and I believe it hurts them. I think you might have just as good a luck with things that smell of citrus - like citronella candles (not lit, just set out - the cats can smell them), or lemon or orange peels. One can also buy cat repellant to sprinkle on lawns, etc., and I have found that that worked, although I thought the smell of that was a bit odd to me as well, as well as to the cat, and it had to be replaced after every rain.


I have my own cat, who doesn't like intruders, so I don't do any of this, but just shoo any other cats out of the yard for her when I see them. Another thing you could try when you are outside is a spray bottle. Give them a shot when they come close to you, and I assume they will give you a wide berth.

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January 28, 20150 found this helpful

Louise is right. Dry some lemon peel and sprinkle it in your flower beds or the perimeter of your lawn. It makes a nice smell and it does keep them away. Good luck!

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May 5, 20160 found this helpful

I have been but still coming around!! Freaking annoying!!

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

if you read the comments, they say this can burn their eyes and the same for other animals. try something else. keep researching.

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February 10, 20180 found this helpful

Another product that works (and can be a source of amusement) is a motion activated sprinkler. The cats and other vermin that can destroy gardens get blasted with a quick blast of water, and learn to stay away.


Another tactic that works is to break bamboo stakes into approximately 6 inch pieces, and drive halfway into the ground. Place these close together, and in a random pattern. The rough bamboo ends are uncomfortable on their feet, and they don't like it. They cannot kick up their feet without encountering another bamboo stick, so they will find another place to use as a litter box. The need for this would be GREATLY REDUCED if people would keep pet cats INSIDE their homes. They don't for the most part, so here are two tips. Good luck.

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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

NO .. Cayenne Pepper does NOT hurt animals. It's merely a deterrence to keep the cats/dogs from using the bathroom in your yard and IT WORKS. Minimal cost, doesn't hurt animals and after a few days of putting it out, they don't come back.

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