April 14, 2022 3 min read
Whether you use your garden as extra storage space, a barbecue area or a gathering place, you may see it as an extension of your house. Therefore, you'll want to take good care of it and make sure it's clean and comfortable. However, it's hard to feel clean and comfortable when your rattan garden furniture set is overrun by your cat, neighbor's cat or stray cat. Restless cats in the garden can give you headaches because of the constant noise, the strong smell from peeing, scratches from scratching or losing cat hair everywhere. In addition to these common problems, stray cats can carry diseases such as ticks, fleas, and even rabies, which can lead to bigger problems. Still, here are some easy, convenient and humane ways to get your cat to sit on a step instead of your furniture.
Covering your rattan garden table and chairs when not in use is a great way to protect it from cats. You can always purchase patio furniture covers which will cover the entire table and chairs and your chair cushions. Cats don't usually like to feel slick, so that may be all you need to do to keep them off your furniture! It will help you nicely to avoid having cat hair all over your furniture, as well as peeing and pooping on it. Also, it will additionally protect your outdoor furniture from rain, snow, dust and bird droppings, tree sap invasion and seasonal pollution. When you want to use the furniture, you simply remove it and put it back on when you are done. Therefore, you can consider investing in rattan garden furniture covers to provide more security for your furniture.
Cat Repellent Spray
One thing you can try when it comes time to keep your cat off your rattan furniture is a cat repellent spray. You can make your own spray using affordable household items, or consider purchasing a spray from your local pet store or hardware store. One of the most popular is a mixture of lemon juice and water. Use a cat repellent to keep your cat or dog away from outdoor furniture for at least 24 hours. These sprays are designed to be non-toxic and only have an irritating odor to them. This safe solution needs to be applied daily for efficiency. Cats use their sense of smell strongly, including finding a new location to mark their territory. If you spray rattan garden furniture set with a scent they don't like, cats will no longer enjoy spending time on your furniture.
Double-sided Adhesive Tape
This is not an ideal solution if you regularly use a rattan sofa set, but it is a proven solution to keep cats off your furniture. Cats don't like the stickiness of tape on their feet, and if they experience double-sided tape, they will usually abandon the space. Sometimes, even just experiencing the tape once is enough to scare off a cat. There are double-sided tapes made specifically for this purpose, but you can also use regular household double-sided tape. Make sure that anything you use won't hurt the cat, such as industrial tape or sticky pads.
Cat Repellent Plants
If you wish to avoid spraying or painting anything on your rattan table and chairs set, then cat deterrent plants may be an effective option for your garden area. The best part about many of these plants is that they are flowering plants, so they will attract important pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Lavender, mint leaves, lemon thyme, geraniums, lemongrass, rue, citronella and scary felines are all good choices to deter cats from leaving your garden. Some of these plants will also deter other animals and insects, such as mosquitoes.
Ultrasonic Insect Repellent
Depending on the size of the outdoor area, you may need more than one deterrent to stop the cat. Another solution that will cost you money is to purchase an ultrasonic insect repellent. It comes with a motion sensor. So whenever it detects any movement around your garden or rattan furniture, it emits an ultrasonic sound. This sound is undetectable to humans, but will guide the cat away. The ultrasonic waves emitted by these products repel not only cats but also dogs, mice and birds. They are completely chemical-free and safe for humans. Most ultrasonic pest repellents are completely solar powered and waterproof, which means you can forget about them once you install them.
It can be very frustrating when your cat starts to damage your furniture or make its use less than pleasant. Using any of the methods we have mentioned will help keep your furniture intact and any solution will not be harmful to the animal. This will also help you spend a relaxing afternoon on your rattan sofa and enjoy a book next to a nice cup of coffee.
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