Plants to Keep Cats Away

plant to keep cats away

Have you just seen a kitty Kat using your garden as a toilet? So that was the reason your garden was not blossoming, even in the spring.

Not only do the cats spoil your garden with their non-fertile poop, but they also consume your precious and expensive plants when they are not feeling well.

No matter how many obstacles you place in their path, they will just manage to find their way in and wreak havoc on your wonderful garden.

Though there are some ideas to stop the cats pooping in your gardens like spray cat repellents and chemicals, they are not that environmentally friendly and can also cause damage to the plants.

However, when it comes to an environmentally friendly solution, certain plants have the tendency to keep the cats away. So if you place these plants in your gardens, there is a chance of keeping the cats at bay. However, it is not guaranteed that they will work all the time.  

Scaredy Cat Plant – Coleus Canina

Scaredy Cat Plant – Coleus Canina

As the name suggests, Scaredy plants lie at the top of the list when it comes to driving the cats away. The bonus point is that it also works great in keeping the dogs away. These plants have a strong odor that dogs and cats don’t really enjoy.

The smell is similar to that of pee that is the reason most people hesitate to plant it. However, you don’t have to plant it all around your garden, just place it in the places that are most visited by the cats, and voila! Your work is done. Now, will think twice before entering your garden.

Lavender – Lavandula

Lavender – Lavandula

Yeah, I know you must be thinking that who in the world can hate such a beautiful scented flower. Well, let me tell you, the scent of lavender might be appeal humans, but cats find it really disgusting and it irritates their nostrils. Therefore, they try to avoid it as much as they can.

You can plant the lavender between different groups of other plants so that the cats do not have even a single place to roam in your garden.   

Curry Plant – Helichrysum Augustfolium

Curry Plant - Helichrysum Augustfolium

Another great plant to avoid the trespassing of cats in your garden is the Curry Plant. The strong odor of curry plant is the one that cats mostly hates and keeps a distance of almost two miles.

However, there is a risk while planting the curry plant and that is it can harm and damage other plants in the surrounding, so make sure to plant it in the corner of your garden where there is no other plant present.

Rosemary – Rosmarinus Officinalis

Rosemary - Rosmarinus Officinalis

Wanna have the advantage of 2 in 1 because rosemary can benefit you in two ways. First of all, it will deter the cats if you place it in your garden, other than that, you can also use it in your cooking to enhance the flavor of the meal.

When it comes to deterring the cats, rosemary has quite a pungent smell for cats, but for humans, the odor is quite appealing just like lavender.

Rue – Ruta Graveolens

Rue - Ruta Graveolens

When talking about rue, it is one of the most dangerous plants to have in the garden as it can have poisonous effects in humans as well as cats, but only when ingested. So planting the rue can also be a great idea. Don’t worry, the cats won’t eat it because they know are aware of the consequences, so they would try to avoid it rather than taking it in.

Citronella – Pelargonium Graveolens Citrosa

Citronella - Pelargonium graveolens citrosa

Citronella not only keeps the cats at a distance but also drives away mosquitoes and other insects that is the reason it is also known by the name of mosquito plant. The smell of this plant is similar to that of citrus fruits which humans might enjoy, but cats and mosquitoes find it quite repulsive.

Pudding Grass (Pennyroyal) – Mentha pulegium

Pudding Grass (Pennyroyal) - Mentha pulegium

Wouldn’t it be much better to have a plant that can keep the cats at bay along with giving you a fresh morning tea? Well, pennyroyal is the plant that is widely used in teas and can be grown easily anywhere. It has great potential to drive the cats away along with some mosquitoes and other insects. 

Spikey Bushes

Spikey Bushes

Bordering your garden with spikey and thorny bushes can also work great for blocking the way of cats. Cats have really sensitive skin and paws, even the slightest harsh touch can hurt them a lot, so they will try hard to keep away from the places that have thorny bushes all around them.

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