Asked on Mar 26, 2015

How do you keep cats off outdoor furniture?

Carol G
by Carol G
My neighbor has about 10 cats that he feeds every day and they come under my patio and sleep on my seats are all cloth. How do I keep them off my furniture. They dirty all my seats and they are hard to clean.
  19 answers
  • Jeannie Jeannie on Mar 26, 2015
    Have had the same problem. I use moth balls, I sprinkle them around and in my gardens . the cats and other critters do not like the smell. the smell of the moth balls fade, so you wont notice it after awhile. But the cats can still smell them !
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    • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Mar 27, 2015
      @Gail Salminen forgot, when we wanted to keep our dog of the furniture, we used to tilt the cushions - not very inviting that way.
  • Purchasing cat litter box furniture and cat tree furniture becomes absolutely necessary for the general wellbeing and happiness of your kittens.
    • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Mar 27, 2015
      @Kala Professional Restoration services - there not her kittens they're her next door neighbours!! So, she isn't going to buy cat tree furniture is she?
  • Rebecca B Rebecca B on Mar 26, 2015
    I have the problem with my cats scratching the furniture inside and outside. I squirt them with a sprayer bottle of water when I catch them in the act of getting on the furniture. It took two weeks but they finally learned they would get wet if they got on the chairs. It is harmless to the cats. This may not be practical in your situation since they are the neighbor cats. There is repellent available at Walmart, Home Depot & Lowes that will discourage animals from coming around the area. It is specifically for cats and dogs.
  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Mar 26, 2015
    Call the pound, I can't tolerate irresponsible pet owners, or pets ruining my furniture or any part of my home, Nine times out of ten they are feral and diseased...from personal experience I know Cat-Scratch-Fever can just about kill ya.
  • Peggy Peggy on Mar 27, 2015
    Put anything on the seat part that will deter them. Like Aluminum foil.
  • Ruth wallace Ruth wallace on Mar 27, 2015
    Are they his or wild. If they are wild they could carry disease, call the pound. If they are his talk to him . That is to many to care for properly. Pet stores have a spray called kitty off that is safe for furniture but repelles cats.
  • Danielle Marceaux Danielle Marceaux on Mar 27, 2015
    Not what to use to keep them from coming up on the chare but what you could do to keep the cats from going under the porch there is 2 thinks you can use 1 is a Latisse or 2 is galvanized steel wire
  • Kathy F Kathy F on Mar 27, 2015
    Cats don't like citrus, place lemon & orange peels around area yo don't want cats. Here are a few other suggestions:
  • Barbara Brooks Moore Barbara Brooks Moore on Mar 27, 2015
    Use double sided sticky tape.
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    • Barbara Brooks Moore Barbara Brooks Moore on Mar 27, 2015
      @Denise Hardy they sell strips of double sided sticky tape at Pet Co. and you place them on the arms and back of the furniture. Cats dont like the way it feels on their feet and wont go there. Doesn t take much. You could put one in the seat and would not have to cover much of the cushion. replace the tape if it gets dirty.
  • Carmen Carmen on Mar 27, 2015
    Just like dogs have leash laws, there needs to be some kind of law to make cat owners accountable for their animal
  • 1240839 1240839 on Mar 27, 2015
    Get a dog.
  • Rita Rita on Mar 27, 2015
    talk to your neighbor ask for their help on finding a a veterinarian for suggestions...ask your local pet supply for products..
  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Mar 27, 2015
    Yep, get a dog or 2. :)
  • Sue Adams Sue Adams on Mar 27, 2015
    Plastic snakes and owls
  • Wylie Wylie on Mar 27, 2015
    Cats don't like the smell of vinegar. Fill up a spray bottle half water..half vinegar
  • Susanne Susanne on Mar 28, 2015
    I think the vinegar or moth balls will probably work. I am a cat lover, but I worry about feral cats and disease. It is a real problem.
  • Carmen Evans Carmen Evans on Mar 28, 2015
    I think Susanne has the right solution as I also have heard that naphalene flakes or moth balls helps kept them away.
  • Moxie Moxie on Mar 28, 2015
    Put aluminum foil across the cushions and tuck in on the ends for a while; they hate the sound, it scares them and then the will quit trying after a while and you can remove them. Can't blame the little furies for liking a comfy seat! I had the same problem and it was an easy, quick fix for me
  • Min1383753 Min1383753 on Apr 15, 2015
    Why don't you let orange peels or lemon peels in that place ,cats don't like that smell or spray the place with lemon or orange oil