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Keep cats out of your garden with ‘cheap’ kitchen scrap expert claims felines ‘hate’


For some, cats entering the garden may be cute, but for others, it can be stressful, especially when they use it as a litter tray.

Felines also have a habit of digging up flower beds as well as scent mark, encouraging other animals into the garden including foxes.

Keeping animals out of the garden completely is near impossible, but there are some simple measures you can take to help protect plants.

Richard Jackson, a gardening expert at QVC, previously recommended using tea bags in the garden.

He said: “Keep cats off your seedlings and young plants with cheap tea bags.

“Spray old tea bags with deep heat type muscle treatment. Then place it in problematic parts of the garden and, if needed, cover it with soil to disguise them.”

Cheap tea bags can also be soaked in peppermint or lavender oil as it is thought that felines “hate” the scent.

The expert added: “These smelly oils should last at least two weeks, even if it rains.”

Tea bags can be picked up for as little as £1.39 for a pack of 80 from supermarkets such as Lidl, meaning this is a super affordable hack.

If the weather is forecast to rain and you’re finding cats are still entering and ruining crops, a similar hack can be used with water bottles.

Pierce several holes into the sides of an empty plastic bottle before placing it in some tea bags.

Place the bottle in the garden and the scent of the tea bags will seep through the holes but they will be protected by the plastic.

It is important to keep methods all natural to avoid harming animals in any way, so it is also recommended to use plants too.

Felines reportedly hate the smell of lavender plants and are much less likely to use the garden as a toilet with this flower around.

Make sure to plant flowers close to one another, especially in a border, or simply place lots of container plants next to one another.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said densely planted borders are “less appealing” to animals when it comes to finding a toilet. This is because there is no bare soil for cats or other animals to dig.

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