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17 September 2021

Cat repellents compared

If cats have become a nuisance in your garden, find out the best ways to encourage them to go somewhere else.
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Which?Editorial team
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Cats are adored pets, but they can become a nuisance if they leave their mess in your garden, keep you awake with fighting or scare off the wildlife.

More than 6,000 Which? members completed a survey which revealed that 55% have problems with cats in their garden. Three quarters reported soiling as their main problem, and more than 4 in 10 reported cats scaring off, attacking or killing garden wildlife. 

If you're a Which? member, you can log in now to find out which of the products and techniques in the table below have proved effective for our members when trying to encourage cats to go elsewhere. If you're not yet a member, you can get instant access by joining Which? today.

Our members' top cat repellents

Type
No of members tried
Member comments
Member score
339
67%
213
58%
368
48%
389
44%
173
43%
103
43%
95
39%
1,085
32%
65
31%
240
26%
88
25%
73
25%
109
21%
78
21%
169
20%
53
19%
561
18%
406
17%
114
16%
261
15%
330
14%
112
13%
260
11%
783
11%
264
11%
928
9%
213
8%
1,279
8%

This member survey was completed back in 2015 but these cat deterrents stand the test of time.

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