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236 of 260 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems useful, but hasn't solved the problem fully yet., 19 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Defenders Mega-Sonic Cat Repeller (Ultrasonic, Motion Activated, Humane Cat Deterrent for Gardens, Battery or Mains Powered, Covers 120 sq m) (Garden & Outdoors)
I installed this product 5 weeks ago, after checking with the manufacturer (STV Pest Control) whether the "Cat Repeller" could be expected to work against dogs and foxes. Frankly, I'm not an expert on animal poo, and didn't know what kind of animal was fouling my front garden, typically 5 times per week. They said it should work, and that the more expensive "Cat, Dog & Fox Repeller" simply has a higher power output to cover a larger area.

So does it work? During the 5 weeks since installation I've seen only one cat hang around in my garden for any length of time, and that was on one occasion only. The rest have passed through quickly, at some distance from the device.

In fact, after two weeks I thought the fouling problem was completely solved; but, as one of my kids pointed out, my DOG-owning neighbours were away on holiday. The animal fouled my garden within 12 hours of the neighbours' return 10 days ago, but only once since then -- which is a welcome improvement, if it continues. Perhaps their dog is still learning and will eventually stop visiting altogether. Fingers crossed for now.

Additional comment:

Several reviewers of the Cat Repeller have reported that "their" cats seem happy to settle down near the device. The manufacturers of a similar product (not the one under review) state on their website that this is not unusual behaviour. Apparently these cats are trying to intimidate the device and make it go away. It takes them a while to learn that they can't win the battle... so be patient -- the instructions supplied with the Big Cheese Cat Repeller clearly state that it may take up to 28 days to break the animals' habit in the case of persistent fouling.
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Initial post: 18 May 2010, 17:26:15 BST
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2010, 17:37:06 BST
Computerman says:
About the cat deterrent. I purchased one from a company with a name like a flower.It was solar powered,and totally useless!When I contacted the company and chatted to a girl there,she said,like the comment mentioned in another review,that the cat would sit beside it and this was to intimidate the unit.--WHAT A LOAD OF NONSENSE!!She said the cat would lie in the garden,and ignore the unit,and this would go on for weeks,and this was the cat pretending not to be intimitated by the unit.It has to wait three weeks to be intimitaded---What a load of cobblers. I have another different unit,and immediately a cat came into the garden,it scarpered immediately.This is the way the unit should work.---The girl who told me about the other unit and the company are riduculous. Avoid this company.
A cat scarer should have an immediate effect,and if it does not,then it is no good.
Furthermore,another report said it would take four weeks for it to take effect. This is a total load of nonsense. The best thing is to shop about and get a good quality unit that will do what it is designed to do,to scare cats away.The unit should have an immediate effect.If the unit does not work,return it to the company and get a refund,do not take no for an answer.This is based on experience having tried several types of cat deterrer.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2010, 09:21:48 GMT
Burkett says:
Have just read your comments about cat scarers - can you tell me the name of the one you have that works?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2011, 16:00:10 BST
Dave says:
Hi Computerman, just wondering can you tell me the new "Cat Repeller" your using?


In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011, 15:31:17 BST
I purchased the stv610 a week ago and it works ! have two cats that use my garden as a toilet but nothing for the last week, even uncovered a favourite area they use had put a plastic sheet over, and still no fouling, might buy another one and a mains adaptor

Posted on 17 Apr 2011, 20:20:20 BST
In the first instance it worked ok. Now it's not working, if I press the test button it does what it should do, but the red light doesn't come on when you walk past. Has anyone go a set of instructions for trouble shooting. Happy to pay postage for a copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012, 13:42:42 BST
Alan Brooks says:
Computerman, could you please advise as to the name and Brand of your recommended cat scarer?
Can't stand another day of the mess.


In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2012, 17:08:41 BST
happyshopper says:
I agree with what you say about the cats trying to "intimidate" the unit - load of rubbish. What unit was successful for you please. I really hate the cats keep coming into my garden

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012, 14:01:22 BST
I would like to purchase the type of repeller that you found to be successful. can you or anyone advise me of the name of the product.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012, 13:29:35 BST
John Thomas says:
Hi Alan, could you tell me the brand of cat repeller computerman is using please?

Posted on 16 Jan 2013, 13:51:07 GMT
You have been given the wrong information from STV. The Cat detterent works at a different pitch to the "Dog and Cat" version so if you need to get rid of cats and dogs then you need to buy the cat and dog one, simples. My information comes directly from one of the sales guys at STV
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