(Updated) How To Keep The Cats Away From Your Garden?
I have lived in Taman Tun for some 10 years before moving to Taman Desa for the next 10 years and back! I could say that Taman Desa is a very peaceful hub for many retirees besides the many fierce dogs roaming the streets! You could often see many owners proudly parading their huge dogs like Rottweilers for evening walks. I have even seen rare imported canines like Eskimo dogs and even assorted racing Greyhounds! I often wondered why on earth they kept such huge dogs who eats more than humans at every meals. They don't look cute like good-for-nothing poodles that make good lap dogs! Well, I do love dogs but I don't keep any as I could not afford to feed extra mouths!
Now back to my original abode, this current neighbourhood has turned scary with so much crimes like break-ins and snatch thefts around the banks. The most disturbing matter to me are the many neighbours who keep fluffy cats and persians which roam the streets instead. I rarely see any stray dogs here. The cats love to come to my small little garden to poo almost everyday!!! Kaneeneh! I have to scoop their shit to dispose as the smell of their feces is horrible!! Yiaks!
They love to come to my garden as most houses have tiled their gardens to park more cars. My garden is the only one with neat plants with blooms of flowers. Even wandering spirits do come to visit my garden at night to sit on my bench and admire the flowers. That's scary and I am not kidding!
There are wandering spirits everywhere as the air space is free for them to roam. We only occupy the physical land areas that happens to overlap with their dimensions. So there is no such thing as "My House" and you get out. We should respect the spirits and even cats that come and go. However, some naughty ghosts might create disturbance or bring negative energies besides sucking on the house occupants' energies when they sleep. We can just say short prayers and sprinkle salt or smoke the place often with suitable purification herbs. I do that often but they still came but walked around & sat on my bench to admire the unusual flowers. "They" might be foreigners who had never seen exotic Asian flowers.
I wired my gates with mesh wires and even sprinkled curry powders to keep the cats away but failed! They jumped over neighbour's fence or climbed over my 6 feet walls! I almost gave up until I saw the community FB which has some 3,000 outspoken members inside. Someone posted her same cat's poo-poo woes and shared a solution! Bingo!
This is one corner of my garden and guess what is the magic trick?
I placed 3-4 mineral water bottles around the garden and the cats have stopped coming!!! My neighbours could not understand the reason the cats are avoiding these bottles but they all got this successful idea from Japan while they lived there. It seems to be a common practice in Japan yet none of us here knew the answer.