We have various bits of garden furniture and this is the kind of furniture that can be left out. Our neighbour has a male neutered cat that sprays literally everything, including our conservatory and now the garden furniture.

What can we do to stop this happening? Is there a way to stop cats marking their territory or put them off?

We don't want to harm the cat in any way.

  • Is this a male unspayed cat? Jun 9, 2016 at 11:20
  • It is a male, but he has been neutered, a very beautiful siamese cat, looks just like an egyptian statue.
    – SPlatten
    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:22
  • Hmm. Sounds a contradiction. A Siamese cat in Egypt :) I'd be asking the neighbors to keep their cat inside though. Domestic and feral cats kill too many birds. Jun 9, 2016 at 11:29
  • We live in the UK, what I meant was he looks like an Egyptian Statue, perfect shape. I don't think keeping him inside is an option.
    – SPlatten
    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:31
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    Related: gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/125/…
    – Niall C.
    Jun 9, 2016 at 14:18

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The most effective method is a sprinkler linked to a movement detector which turns on when it detects movement in the area, and stops when movement ceases. There are several available at various prices (Amazon has a range) and they're sold as motion detector sprinklers. Link below is to Amazon in the UK


It sounds as if the cat next door is a tom, and likely it's un-neutered - if the owners ever get it neutered, you won't have so much of a problem. Although some male cats continue to spray after the surgery, the rank scent associated with it will be gone.

  • As I can observe regularly: neutered male cats do spray. Especially if there are squabbles about territory and rank.
    – Stephie
    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:44
  • @Stephie - yep, they do - but it doesn't reek in the same way! Even one of my female cats used to do a bit of spraying...or go through the motions at least.
    – Bamboo
    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:45
  • It always seems that a cat won't mark its territory in its own back garden but will in everyone else's.
    – SPlatten
    Jun 9, 2016 at 11:58
  • @SPlatten - they do also mark their own gardens, specially at the boundaries, but tom cats do it all over the place, like a calling card as much as anything
    – Bamboo
    Jun 9, 2016 at 15:50

This works for me. You can put little plastic containers of cinnamon where the cats go. They don't like the smell. Make sure the containers are small and have tiny holes so the odor escapes. Change the cinnamon after 2-3 rains.

Containers should minimize spillage.

You can also take potted plants, sprinkle the dirt in them with cinnamon, and place those around the sprayed area.

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