There are several scents and smells you can use in the garden to deter cats. But is Jeyes fluid one of those scents, and will Jeyes fluid deter cats from coming into your garden?
Yes, Jeyes fluid will deter cats due to its strong, unpleasant odour. As a human, you’ll also notice this strong smell. However, there are reasons why you should consider not using Jeyes fluid as a cat deterrent.
How to Use Jeyes Fluid to Deter Cats
One of the most important things you must do is dilute the Jeyes fluid according to the instructions on the bottle.
Neat Jeyes fluid is harmful to just about everyone and everything, and you won’t want a dead cat on your conscience.
Once you’ve diluted it, grab some tea bags and submerge them in a bowl with your diluted Jeyes fluid. We would highly recommend doing so with a pair of disposable gloves to avoid causing damage to your own skin.
Goggles would also be a sensible option here.
Once you have your soaked tea bags at the ready, you need to scatter them in your flower beds. If you find a cat tends to visit the same area or likes to dig up a particular spot, then focus your teabag spreading efforts on these areas.
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Should You Use Jeyes Fluid to Deter Cats?
You don’t need to be told that Jeyes fluid is far from natural. It’s full of chemicals, and no chemical is particularly good, especially when ingested.
The fact you need to handle it with such care whilst wearing gloves and goggles should tell you all you need to know.
We know that Jeyes fluid has a high concentration of tar acids derived from coal tar oil alkaline.
If swallowed, these substances are toxic if they come into contact with your skin, can cause skin burns and eye damage, is toxic if inhaled, is toxic to aquatic life, is suspected of causing genetic defects and cancers… Hardly pleasant.
But it doesn’t end there – that’s just one of the chemical elements that make up Jeyes fluid.
Avoid Using Jeyes Fluid!
You have to question whether or not harming aquatic life, other plants and even humans is worth the risk to deter cats from your garden?
Is Jeyes Fluid Harmful to Cats?
As mentioned above, Jeyes fluid contains a chemical derived from coal acid, which is particularly poisonous to cats. Additionally, cats are unable to flush their system of phenol.
If they ingest Jeyes fluid (which contains phenol), they will be subjected to phenol poisoning.
We would always recommend erring on the side of caution when looking for deterrents – the last thing you want to do is cause harm to your neighbour’s cats and break the law, even if it is getting on your nerves!
That’s why considering completely natural cat deterrents is the way to go when trying to stop cats pooping in your garden.
Can Jeyes Fluid Kill Cats?
You only need to check out the list of chemicals and ingredients on the back of Jeyes fluid to know it’s unlikely to do cats any good. But can Jeyes fluid kill cats?
Like with most chemicals, there is certainly a high chance that a cat will become seriously ill from ingesting Jeyes fluid. This could, unfortunately, lead to their death.
As we have already suggested, Jeyes fluid is not a product we would condone using as a cat deterrent when there are plenty of natural and organic methods for deterring them instead.
Will Jeyes Fluid Cause Other Damage?
Not only is Jeyes fluid likely to cause severe harm to cats but it will also kill most bugs, ruin plants, cause harm to children who may accidentally come into contact with it and harm other pets you may have.
The list of drawbacks to using Jeyes fluid to deter cats is extensive. It may work at deterring cats but so would a bundle of dynamite. The extensive damage it can cause means you should really think again before using it.
A cat might be really aggravating you but leaning towards using chemicals that can be incredibly harmful isn’t the right approach to take, unfortunately.
If you have further questions about using Jeyes fluid to deter cats then these might help you out:
Yes, Jeyes fluid can be harmful in a number of ways. If it is ingested then it can be lethal. It contains dangerous ingredients that have a negative impact on the environment. It can run off into waterways and kill aquamarine life.
Yes, Jeyes fluid is bad for the planet. It can cause extensive harm to wildlife, waterways and any lifeforms that consume it. It’s worth avoiding the use of Jeyes fluid outside.
Yes, Jeyes fluid would probably work well to deter other animals such as foxes with its strong smell. But that doesn’t mean you should use it as it can be hugely harmful!
So, does Jeyes fluid deter cats or not? Yes, Jeyes fluid will deter cats. It’s an effective deterrent. But it’s not one you should use if you care about nature, plants, your health, your pet’s health or your family’s health – regardless of how frustrating the cat may be.
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Ryan is a keen gardener from the UK who’s spent years dealing with countless, common pests over the years so knows the ins and outs of how to deal with pests in the garden