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I have waited for many months before writing this review since I don't like bad-mouthing a product until I'm convinced it's justified.
I won't bother to list the various attempts to improve it (each involving more money -- mains transformer & extension lead). Suffice it to say nothing has improved it.
This morning watching a cat killing a Goldfinch a few feet in front of this 'deterrent' was the last straw.
True the manufacturer's helpline was pleasant. They said it will take time to work = it has not and that seems illogical anyway if cats become habituated. Also the suggestion to buy another, no doubt good salesmanship, is illogical. Twice zero is zero.
Don't waste your money.

RSPB response - Thanks for your review. If you would like to arrange a replacement or refund please contact our Customer Services Team. By MIKE, on 7 Nov 2014

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Always been impressed with your product.

CATWatch is still serving me well after many years service and I am very impressed with your free back up Customer Helpline By Titlark, on 4 Nov 2014

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Works very well but product does not last long beyond warranty period

We have now had four Catwatch devices. The first two stopped working when just out of warranty and I found that the speakers had rotted through. I bought and fitted spares from the manufacturer but the devices only lasted another six months before failing completely. Fitting spares means that you have to able to use a soldering iron, incidentally, which may put some people off. Because they were so effective at scaring and keeping cats away, I bought two more of the latest design. These have failed in exactly the same way. When I add in the cost of the mains transformers and rectifiers and extension cables, that lot adds up to over £250 in just over four years. That is a lot of money to protect a domestic garden and still end up with nothing. In my view as a professional engineer, the manufacturer uses speakers that are not robust enough for the working environment and the parts and construction are such that they only barely outlast the warranty. That is very poor value for money and it does not reflect well on the RSPB that it approves them. It is no good scaring off cats if the products don't last. Having gone through four of these devices I would suggest my experience is likely to be duplicated by most people.

RSPB response- Thank you for your comments, it’s good to hear that Catwatch was effective for you in deterring cats. We have discussed your feedback with the UK manufacturer and inventor of Catwatch and their response is as follows:

“The garden is a hostile environment for a battery powered device and compromises have to be accepted. Even a fully waterproof (ip65) unit would still suffer from detrimental effects if the products supplied maintenance instructions are not followed properly. Despite the fact that all units concerned are outside our 2 year warranty period we are happy to have them returned to us so we can investigate the problem and hopefully resolve.”

In the spirit of goodwill we want to resolve your issues but unfortunately we do not have any contact details for you. Please contact us at onlineshop@rspb.org.uk so we can make the necessary arrangements with the manufacturer. By Not in our garden, on 27 Oct 2014
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Catwatch cat deterrent

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The only cat deterrent tested and approved by the RSPB.


CATWatch, the UK's leading cat deterrent manufactured in the UK, has successfully completed a two-year scientific trial conducted by the RSPB to determine its deterrent effect on cats in residential gardens. The results are published in the Applied Animal Behaviour Science Journal after peer review.

The research concluded that CATWatch reduces cat intrusions into gardens. The longer the unit is in place, the more effective it is.

So....now you are faced with a choice. Some units are cheaper, but may be less durable, less effective and cover a smaller area. CATWatch, on the other hand, is built to last, is a more cost-effective deterrent, proven to work AND tested & approved by the RSPB. It also comes with a two-year guarantee and has been on the market since 1993.


Push the Catwatch ultrasonic cat deterrent into the ground, and when the sensor detects movement it emits a high-pitched sound disliked by most cats (but inaudible to humans). The frequency emitted is unique to cats hearing range, so the Catwatch won't bother other garden wildlife, such as hedgehogs.

It can take up to four weeks for a cat deterrent to become effective, especially if you place it into a cat's established territory. Some cats will see the device as a challenge initially, and it may take a few weeks to put  them off coming into your garden.

 

-  Unit 14.5 cm tall, with 16.6 cm ground spike.
-  Supplied with a comprehensive instruction booklet with diagrams.
-  Passive infra-red sensor detects body movement and heat - so no hiding place for cats.
-  Electronic micro-circuitry and computer controlled microchip activates signal as cat enters protected area - and switches off as the animal leaves.
-  High quality speaker emits series of modulating ultrasound frequencies 20-24 kHz - repellent to cats.
-  On/off switch plus red led light.
-  Positioning stake.
-  Secure all weather high impact casing.

  • - UK made
  • - 2 year manufacturer's warranty
Advice
Mains or battery-powered: requires either the 12-volt mains adaptor (available separately) or a high-quality 9-volt alkaline battery (not supplied).
Although the Catwatch ultrasonic cat deterrent does work with a high-quality 9V alkaline battery the manufacturers report a 30% increase in alarm noise when the unit is used with a mains adapter.

For maximum power and economy use mains adaptor kit. The mains adaptor is recommended if a lot of people or creatures pass by the unit because this may shorten battery life. (Average battery life - 2 -3 months - requires 1 x 9v high-quality alkaline battery).
Other advantages are: -
i. Maintains operation at peak efficiency as opposed to the declining power of batteries.
ii. The alarm is increased by 30%
iii. Long term economy - costs just a few pence per month to run.
iv. Completely safe - only the thin 30ft 12-volt bell wire runs outdoors to the unit.
Specifications
Progressively reduces cat intrusions within your garden
Many people find cat-fouling a nuisance. This device is proven to reduce the presence of cats in gardens and the deterrent effect increases over time. Put simply, CATWatch actually trains cats to stay away from your garden. CATWatch does this by emitting a unique ultrasonic alarm, triggered by the cat's movement and body heat as soon as it enters the protected area.

Inaudible to humans
The series of CATWatch alarm frequencies are set above the human hearing range so you can enjoy your garden in complete peace and tranquillity.

Protects up to twice the area of other cat deterrents
One CATWatch unit will protect an area of up to 1,350 sq. ft. - up to twice the area of other makes. Furthermore, many other deterrents simply emit a random or permanent ultrasound signal regardless of whether a cat is present or not, resulting in the deterrent effect reducing over time. That's why many people who have tried other cat deterrents eventually choose CATWatch.

Works in all weather conditions
CATWatch is designed to run trouble free all year round and in all weather conditions from -30 C to +60 C. The low voltage computer controlled micro circuitry is completely sealed inside the unit, the only deterrent with this feature, so that in the unlikely event of water entering inside, it will still continue to function and be absolutely safe to touch.
Delivery Returns

Standard delivery to the UK and Channel Islands is £3.95.
You'll only ever pay one delivery charge per order.

Delivery is FREE if your order sub-total is £75 or more.
Delivery is FREE if you order only Pressies that protect, RSPB gift cards and/or RSPB gift membership.

Next working day delivery is available for in-stock items ordered before 3pm to UK addresses - £5.95
Choose the day delivery is available for in-stock items to UK addresses - £5.95
(Items that can be personalised and products sent direct from the supplier are not available for next day or choose the day delivery. Some postcodes are also excluded.)

See our delivery and returns page for full details.

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