Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blue in a Bottle - Ways to Keep Cats and Dogs Away from Your Garden

Sometimes, we need to try out DIY tricks to keep cats and dogs away from the garden.
Sometimes a lot of people do something which noone knows how it works, or even whether it works.

Putting a half filled bottle of water, sometimes blue or green coloured water - is one of those tips. Nooone knows for sure whether it works. Those who know it worked are not sure why it works.

Does a bottle of blue liquid scare away cats
One theory is that the cat sees the distorted reflections, gets spooked, and hopefully slinks away.

Here is an tutorial on Instructables on how to make your cat repellent bottles.
Instructables is a great website with many many user submitted tutorials on various DIY stuff. A very good website to get ideas for weekend projects or summer vacation projects or even school projects.

Here is an article on snopes, where they are still undetermined whether it works or not to keep cats and dogs away.
Snopes is an excellent website to check out urban legends and scams to see whether they have been confirmed or busted. They are the myth busters of the email scams and forwarded chain messages.

Here are some other ways to keep cats and dogs away from your garden.

Coffee Grounds

Kitty won’t think of your garden as a latrine anymore if you spread a pungent mixture of orange peels and used coffee grounds around your plants. The mix acts as great fertilizer too.


Don’t throw out old mothballs. Scatter them around your gardens and flowerbeds to keep cats, dogs, and rodents away. Animals hate the smell!


Are the neighbor’s cats still mistaking your lawn for their litter box? Gently point them elsewhere by making a mixture of orange peels and coffee grounds and distributing it around the cats’ “old haunts.” If they don’t take the hint, lay down a second batch and try moistening it with a bit of water.


Stop naughty cats and kittens from scratching your fine furniture! Sprinkle ground red pepper on a strip of tape and attach it to the areas you don’t want them to scratch. They hate the smell, and they’ll quickly get the message.


Some animals — including cats, deer, dogs, rabbits, and raccoons — can’t stand the scent of vinegar even after it has dried. You can keep these unauthorized visitors out of your garden by soaking several recycled rags in white vinegar, and placing them on stakes around your veggies. Resoak the rags about every 7-10 days.

Read more at http://www.rd.com/home/5-ways-to-keep-cats-and-dogs-away-from-your-garden/

Here is a dailymotion video of a Japanese TV show which busted the theory of the water bottles and shiny stuff to repel cats.

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