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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.

    CATWatch is weather resistant, cost-effective and approved by the RSPB. It also comes with a two-year warranty.

    How does it work?

    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.
    Some cats will see the device as a challenge initially, and it may take up to four weeks to put them off coming into your garden.

    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.

    ALSO AVAILABLE: Catwatch cat deterrent mains adaptor




    Features
    Supplied with a comprehensive instruction booklet with diagrams | Passive infra-red sensor detects body movement & heat | Electronic micro-circuitry and computer controlled microchip activates signal as cat enters protected area & 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 | Made in the UK | 2 year manufacturer's warranty | Requires mains 12-volt adaptor (available separately) or one 9-volt alkaline battery (not supplied)

    Specification
    Unit 14.5 cm tall (with 16.6 cm ground spike)
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      18/Jul/2018
      Simply stopped working
      I was initially very pleased with this product. After a few days where it looked like it wasn't having effect it really seemed to start to make a difference. We have been plagued by neighbouring cats and they started to avoid the garden altogether or speed across it keeping far away from the unit. Marvellous. We were careful to keep it covered and protected from the weather. Then after a solid couple of months of effectiveness it has stopped working. There's no red light or slight noise when you pass it. The cats are back. We've changed the battery. Just seems to have broken down. Such a shame. It's not an inexpensive unit. I had hoped for something more durable.
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      09/Jul/2018
      It works!
      I have two units (2 properties) and with both I have seen neighbouring cats deterred with good effect. The cats now skirt round the beam area to avoid it. If you are using batteries, make sure they don’t go flat. Mains is best if possible. I had one exchanged as i suspected it stopped working, no quibble. Expensive but works and customer service is good.
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      14/May/2018
      The cats run in front of this
      I had high hopes for this but the unit has been in our garden a week and I can see the cats from next door walking right in front of the unit without the slightest indication that they're aware it's even there. This wasn't in inexpensive purchase and I had hoped that that was because it's very effective but we are having no luck with ours at all.
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      Thank you for your review, please contact our customer service team sas it sounds like you have received a faulty unit. We will investigate this with our supplier and replace accordingly.
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      30/Nov/2017
      25 year truce
      I have used Catwatch units for a quarter of a century to keep cats out of my car-port. I recently returned two units for repair/refurbishment, one could be repaired but the other was replaced at a discounted price. Over the time I've used Catwatch units I have found them to be 100% effective and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who tells me that they have a problem with the unwanted attention of neighbourhood cats. 'You get what you pay for' and whilst these may not be the cheapest they do exactly what it is claimed they will do: deter cats.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your great review. We are pleased to hear how well CatWatch has worked for you over the years! Our supplier is very good when it comes to repairs and replacements for units!
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      05/Oct/2017
      At long last the solution
      Like all animals and love birds more than cats, especially when neighbouring cats kill the birds we feed in our garden.
      On the advice of a friend we bought Catwatch after trying all other methods, including other sonic products.
      Catwatch has worked beautifully and best of all it does not harm the cats.
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      22/Sep/2017
      A very happy Catwatch user
      I very much enjoy watching the birds in my garden but got to a point where I was considering not putting out food for them because of the problems I was having with the local cat population. About a year ago I acquired 3 Catwatch units which are placed at the ingress points of my garden. The cats have been deterred and the risk from them to the birds minimised. I continue to put out food for them and enjoying their presence knowing the are safe. Thanks Catwatch.
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      02/Sep/2017
      Very disappointed
      I have loads of different birds in my garden, cats are a problem thought this cat scarer would do the trick and scare them away, but does it work? NO it doesn't, and at that price surely it should do as it says on the box, don't waste your money on this, wish I hadn't.
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      19/Jul/2017
      Effectiveness stopped after 2 weeks
      Worked fine when first installed, but like some other reviews the unit seems to have lost its deterrent capacity after a couple of weeks - cats that were initially deterred are now completely impervious and even rub against it when it is activated - extremely disappointed.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review, I am sorry to hear your Catwatch appears to have stopped deterring cats. It sounds like you may have a faulty unit if the cats were deterred at first. Please contact our customer service team who will be able to help you with this.
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      29/Jan/2017
      Does the job
      We have tried everything to keep two extremely determined cats from entering the garden and using it as their personal loo. Even worse they hide in wait for the birds and climb the trees after them (not that they manage to catch them in the trees) but in the spring they would have been after the nests. After finding the remains of a bird they had caught we purchased the cat deterrent and so far so good. So far plenty of birds and no cats.
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      04/Jan/2017
      Very effective
      When I moved into my first house with a garden, I hoped to be able to plant up the borders and sit outdoors and enjoy it. The reality was the local cats were using the garden as a huge litter tray. It was very unpleasant digging, the smell was appalling – and then what to do with the mess! I installed a Catwatch 6 months ago and it was immediately effective; I have not had any problems with cats since. It is very easy to install. I use a battery as I do not have a power supply in the garden and have not had to replace it yet. I am now able to enjoy my garden as originally hoped! Thank you!
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      06/Dec/2016
      Extremely Disapointing
      £56 and failed to work after 2 weeks extremely disappointed. Brand new batteries worked and now cats are back in my garden even go up and sniff it! Not happy and £56 down! Would never buy another one again! Total waste of money.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review, sorry that you are disappointed in the product. With the problems you had to begin with you could have a faulty unit, please do contact rspb customer services or the manufacturer who will be happy to assist. If the unit is working okay then please do allow time, it can take a few weeks for the cats to be deterred.
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      05/Oct/2016
      A Wonderful Product
      For us this is a wonderful product. We were suffering two or even three cat fouling issues a week on our suburban front lawn.
      We have not had one since we installed our Catwatch nearly two months ago. The grass is recovering and we are starting to enjoy our front garden again.
      We installed our Catwatch facing the house and hidden from the pavement by a bush. This to avoid anyone seeing the red detection light and becoming ""interested"" in it. For us worth every penny of the price
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      25/Aug/2016
      Still going strong after 10 years!
      My good old cat watch cat deterrent recently gave up the ghost after 10 years so I called the UK manufacturer to buy a new one. They kindly offered to look at my old unit to see if they could repair it which they duly did for a small charge of £12.50. I now have my original unit back which is working perfectly. A great example of good old fashioned customer service from a UK company. Many thanks.
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      21/Aug/2016
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      sorry failed to mention we also have 2 resident hedgehog's in our garden, they have been here for the last 2 and a half years, since the introduction of this alarm, nothing has changed, they are still there at 11pm when I go out for a cigg,
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      21/Aug/2016
      Upset i didnt buy this in the first place!!
      As the title says, upset that I've spent nearing £120 on 4 different alarms, none of which really have held a candle to this one, I have now brought another one of these for my mother it's that good,

      Background: We have a veg patch, and there are 5 cats within the surrounding area, we don't have a cat so our garden is neutral territory, and what with the soft soil for the veg, it's fair to say the veg patch has been a toilet over the past year and a bit!!

      I've Brought 3 cat deterrents, and even heron/cat deterrent, all failed miserably,

      not only did they A: not scare the cats off! B: run out of battery within a month or so BUT C: I could constantly hear the dam alarms.

      Sick of this I spent little more money than the 30 odd quid, and frankly wish I'd done so from the start. NO CATS, watch them jump, it's been so successful that now I can actually move it to other areas and the cats still won't go into the veg patch!!

      I have no idea how this product has any poor reviews as from my experience it is frankly superb! and im yet to actually plug it in the the mains!

      if your looking for a cat alarm that just works, last on batt for near 3 months then quite honesty just buy it. it really is that good.

      Jon - Letchworth
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      12/Aug/2016
      poor results
      I would not recommend this product, the cats look at it sometimes and just carry on. very disappointing as I thought an rspb product would be more effective.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review, sorry that the cat watch deterent hasn't yet worked for you. It can take some time for cats to be deterred. We approved this product after rigorous testing and found it to be very effective.
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      03/Aug/2016
      Disappointed
      Bought this as did not want to scare aware the hedgehog which has just taken up residence. First one arrived damaged. Waited for replacement which just does not work. Cat saunters past with an air of disdain, we have tried moving to different areas, but to no avail. Thought it might be deaf but moves fast enough when a door/window is opened!! Very disappointed as this is significantly dearer than other cat scarers on the market and we need to protect not only our birds but our two frogs who it also stalks.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review, we are sorry you have had a bad experience with the cat deterrent, it is unusual to get two faulty units but this could be the case here. Please contact our customer service team who will arrange a refund or replacement.
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      27/Jul/2016
      It Works.
      Persian cat which launched from ground to grab feeders 5.5 feet above.

      First use of the feeder produced good results, for a few days, then found it hiding behind rocks just like others users have found.

      Moved it to position which covered the area better and so far, no cats.
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      17/Jun/2016
      Doesn't work
      This product doesn't work. I keep chasing cats away from no more than four feet away from the ""deterrent"". This morning a cat walked right past it and settled down near the bird feeders. We've tried it in two different places in our very small garden. Is it broken.

      RSPB response: Thank you for review, sorry that you are unhappy with the cat deterrent, it is possible that you have a faulty unit. Please contact customer services who will be happy to arrange a replacement as it is still under warranty.
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      30/May/2016
      So far so good!
      Fed up with the local cats using our lovely small city garden as a toilet and finally decided to buy this. It works! We watched one of the culprits planning to come in from a shed roof but it was very hesitant and finally sloped off. We change the area covered slightly once a week so that they don't think they can sneak in at the side of the garden.
      We are using the mains adaptor so don't have battery worries.
      It is wonderful to potter in the garden without having to deal with smelly cat mess.
      I would recommend this for any small garden area.
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      10/May/2016
      No cats
      Ieal for keeping cats at bay, they leave the pond alone now and have to scoot round the edge of the garden to avoid the device. Batteries work well although need to check for them running out. More efficient with the mains. Definitely would buy again.
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      27/Mar/2016
      Did the trick! Buying a second one!
      Having had months of clearing up cat poo from our garden, we installed a Catwatch last year (using mains power) and it did the trick. No more cat poo from the 5 cats surrounding our garden! After 8 months though, one clever cat has just found a small section where the sonic tone doesn't reach. So we're about to order a second one to cover off that area. The reality is that one Catwatch unit may not cover an entire section where the cats might roam and poo! So - here's hoping I won't have to scoop up any further poop!
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      12/Mar/2016
      Is it waterproof & ? problem with noctule bats
      When I used Cat Watch initially, it worked but after heavy rain there was water over the battery terminals and I think this stopped it working. I dried it out, covered it with a clear plastic pot (Ex RSPB bird food container) and it's now ok.
      I bought mine several years ago but it looks the same, so unless there have been improvements the above could apply.
      Could this explain why some find it works and others do not?
      I am also trying to find out if it affects noctule bats as the frequencies overlap.
      I would expect the RSPB to have mentioned bats rather than hedgehogs!
      I get the impression it's a bit on the expensive side. Shame, as it would put a lot of people off.

      Manufacturers response: Thank you for your review of our product and it's good to hear that Catwatch is still working for you after several years.
      We are not sure exactly when you bought your unit, but there have been several improvements over the years to the original design, including improved weatherproofing.
      There will always be problems with water ingress affecting the battery terminals if the instructions we provide are not followed. As far as Noctule Bats are concerned, our understanding is that this species does not use the frequency range used by Catwatch for echolocation, so there should be no problem.
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      21/Jan/2016
      waste of money
      Bought 2 of these with high expectations after reading several 4 an 5 star reviews. How wrong I was. Three weeks later and I still have cats coming into my garden and stalk my bird tables. Waste of money, ive sent them back. I can only think I had 2 duds (unlikely) or some of the glowing reviews on here are fake/ exaggerated. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review Roadrunner. We are sorry you have had a bad experience. Our manufacturer is keen to contact you directly as reviews of this kind are unusual. Unfortunately you haven't left any contact details, but if you wish to get in touch please contact our customer service team.
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      06/Jan/2016
      Disappointed
      Range of about 1 metre.Only detection directly in front.

      RSPB response: Peter sorry to hear that you are disappointed with your Catwatch. Please contact our customer service team if you require a refund. We have spoken to the manufacturer who are more than happy to repair or replace your unit if that is your preferred option.
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      17/Dec/2015
      brilliant!
      was very sceptical that this would work - but it does- the cats have vanished! great product.
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      14/Nov/2015
      Excellent Cat Deterrent
      This Catwatch Cat Deterrent is very effective with immediate results. We are members of RSPB. Since we installed a Catwatch unit in our garden (one in front & one in rear garden) all cats have stayed away. No more nasty cat mess. Birdlife activity has returned in much greater numbers. Simple to install. Very Happy Customers.
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      10/Nov/2015
      Very effective, just what it says on the tin.
      Moved with 4 cats into a new house and some 6 months later received complaints from some neighbours, long story short, eventually purchased 2 Catwatch deterrants and placed in 2 neighbours gardens May this year. Neighbour one reported after 6 months very effective in keeping our cats out of their rear garden. Neighbour 2 I view their front garden on a daily basis and it is effective in keeping our cats away. We actually viewed the cats reacting to the sonic deterrant and they do not go near the protected garden . I feel after six months use it is reasonable to make my feelings public.
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      08/Nov/2015
      Seems to work
      I bought this product to deter cats from defecation in my garden. I still see them wandering around apparently unbothered by it but the turd count has gone down significantly so although they aren't troubled enough by it to avoid the area entirely it does seem to make it unappealing for them to hang around.

      One thing to note is that it does fire continuously when I'm pottering around in the vicinity; I can hear it, and the noise is rather irritating up close. Simply turn it around to face the fence while you're outside and pop it back again when finished.
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      18/Aug/2015
      Goodbye cats, hello birds
      We have a large number of birds in the garden using the feeders. Cats found it a blissful place to grab a snack, use the latrine, and sleep off a meal. The final straw was nest doors cat climbing a tree and destroying a wrens nest with several eggs in.

      I bought a cat deterrent and placed it in a location to cover the whole garden. The effect was amazing when next doors cat jumped the fence to have a morning snack. The unit fired and it was a good take on Tom and Jerry. I have never seen a cat turn so fast and clear a 6 foot fence without in one jump.

      It now sits on the fence licking its lips and scared to enter, the birds feed uninterrupted.

      A brilliant bit of kit.
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      11/Aug/2015
      keeps cats away!
      I bought this product some months ago but waited before writing a review. Having tried other cat deterrents I have found the cats get used to them, but I have found the cats are all deterred from using the garden using this product. I saw the difference recently when the battery ran out and the cats returned! The stake was missing when I ordered the deterrent so I phoned the manufacturer and they were really helpful and sent another one by next day delivery. I thought the plastic state may break but it seems really sturdy.
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      15/Jun/2015
      very effective
      Our garden is the local thoroughfare for no less than 7 different cats (at the last count). We've witnessed them killing birds which we feed daily in our garden and they leave their 'deposits' buried in our flower beds ready for me to find them next time I do the weeding.
      Anyway I installed the Catwatch deterrent about 2 months ago and I can report it's done a fine job of scaring the little darlings away. They obviously don't like it at all. Excellent!
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      14/Jun/2015
      Disappointed.
      I bought 2 units to scare off 4 cats that have been actively hunting in both front and back gardens. All the cats are under 2 years old.

      Pros. Units well made, provided a ground spike (though would have preferred metal to the plastic). Plenty of room to fit the battery.

      Cons. Into the second month none of the cats have been deterred and frequently seen passing in front of the units with no effect whatsoever. Hence very disappointed.

      I have both units operating with battery power at present and I intend to try one with mains soon so I haven't given up hope yet. I will update my review upwards if this improves performance.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review, if you think that these units are faulty than please contact either us or the manufacturer. We recommend high quality batteries or the mains power unit for best results.
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      08/Jun/2015
      Excellent
      My neighbour who has three cats, gave me the product because his cats were defecating behind my greenhouse! Within a few days of placing the cat deterrent, the problem ceased. It has been in place for a few months now and works a treat. Completely animal friendly. An excellent product!
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      20/May/2015
      Fantastic No Cats!
      Acquired CatWatch one week ago after seeing one at my daughters and hearing how well theirs works. Haven't seen a cat in the garden or any evidence of them being around. Would recommend a great piece of kit!
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      19/Apr/2015
      Fantastic
      Pluged one unit of the two we bought, instanat reaction three cat sitting on a wall at the back of our garden below bird feeders and took of at high speed, and we are now 10 without cats in our garden so the birds are now feding freely at groun level as well as on high level feeders.

      on the down side when one of our Son's visit we have to turn it off as it affects him, may need to have his hear checked.
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      18/Apr/2015
      Frightened off 2 cats already.
      I thought I would mention that I've had 2 cats in my garden this week and as soon as they came with in the vicinity of the cat scarer and my bird bath, bird table and bird feeder, they suddenly scuttled off at fast speed. So the bird scarer seems to be working. So far it's done an amazing job.
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      15/Apr/2015
      So far so good.
      So far so good. It appears to be working extremely well. So far no more cats.
      Ian.
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      20/Mar/2015
      useless
      total useless.
      had 3 cats visiting, now have 5.
      buy a good bottle of scotch instead

      RSPB response:
      This product sounds faulty. Please contact Customer Services who will be happy to help.
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      21/Feb/2015
      Absolutely Brilliant!
      Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! for making our garden a "cat-free zone".
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      15/Feb/2015
      Disappointment
      I bought this in September 2014. I plug it and leave it in our shed all the time. However, neighbours' cats are not bothered by it and still wonder around at our garden. One even stopped to have sunbathing the other day! I don't hate cats, but I really don't want them to come over, eat bird's food and scare off the birds. I'm disappointed by the effect, even leaving it for a few month. Instead, I'm going to buy a water pistol to scare off those cats next time!

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review. Please return your unit to us as you are well within the 2 year manufacturer's warranty period and it may be that you have a faulty unit.
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      09/Jan/2015
      Seems to be doing the job
      Always confused when faced with extreme views of any product but the fact that Catwatch is Made in The UK and endorsed by The RSPB swung it for me to buy one. In addition I have tried all other known suggested ways of deterring cats, without harming them, without success.
      Can say yet whether Catwatch is value for money, but I haven't seen a cat for a month and we were plagued with them and their messy deposits.
      Looking promising that I have found my salvation.
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      04/Jan/2015
      Doesn't seem to work
      I am afraid to say that I have had this in my garden in the one place cats have to pass through and they are happy passing through or sitting a foot in front of it.
      Battery life is dire so unless you have mains running to it then I suspect you will be paying a lot in new batteries.

      Mine is now down to clicking and not lighting up so I think it will be going in the bin.

      RSPB response: Thank you for your review. Please do not put it in the bin! Return it to us and the manufacturer will repair it, or send you a new one.
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      04/Dec/2014
      Great product!
      Had trouble with local cats messing on the lawn and putting the birds of the feeder.
      Put one of these in and job done.
      No more cats!
      If they start coming into the back garden - I'll get another.
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      01/Dec/2014
      Great product!!!
      We've been using CATWatch for a couple of years now with great effect. The cats have learned to stay away and foul elsewhere. Have just taken delivery of a second CATWatch and mains unit, which will protect another area. Also the staff are extremely helpful and knowledgable about their products and the issues they address. Can't say that about many companies these days. Happy to recommend to family and friends
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      07/Nov/2014
      USELESS
      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.
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      04/Nov/2014
      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
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      25/Oct/2014
      Excellent product, has been completely effective after first week
      Is connected to mains, and has been completely effective, apart from one night when cable was damaged by a fox, and had to re-join cable.
      Also have fed cable through an old garden hose for extra protection.
      Has been in use for nearly one month, and very pleased with result, and lack of cat's deposits in garden.
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      10/Oct/2014
      excellent product
      from a pile every night to nothing. worth its weight in gold
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      10/Oct/2014
      Excellent British Product
      Having had a number of cat issues in the garden I was at a loss as to what course of action to do. Discussing this problem over supper, a friend suggested I try the Catwatch product. I haven't looked back since and would highly recommend. I bought the mains power lead as well.
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      24/Sep/2014
      Careful location required
      Bought one of these units when they first came out and watched it work quite well until we had a really heavy downpour. The rain splashed up into the speaker area and caused the unit to squeal continuously in an audible range. Even when the unit was dried out it still squealed all the time. Unfortunately, it was out of the warranty period (by one month). We had located the unit on a post over 300mm above the ground.

      RSPB response - Thank you Suffolk Old Boy for your comments. We have discussed this with the UK manufacturer and inventor of Catwatch. As part of their commitment to customer service they are more than happy to see if they can repair the unit for you, despite the fact that you are outside their 2 year warranty period. Unfortunately we don't have any contact details for you. Please contact us at onlineshop@rspb.org.uk so we can make the necessary arrangements with the manufacturer.
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      18/Sep/2014
      What price peace from the barking?!
      We have a demented cat hating dog whose barking drives us mad. No amount of training works but this great device has kept the neighbours cats away and peace reigns. Thank you so much.
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      07/Sep/2014
      Excellent product
      Six weeks since installation and the poo problem is solved. No cats in the garden . Took a couple of relocations to ensure total dominance. Now the cats stay away.
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      14/Aug/2014
      Wonder where the cats are hanging out now?
      They are definitely avoiding our garden since the Catwatch on the mains adaptor has been in use, and there's only been one sad pile of feathers in 3 months and no cat poo - I repositioned the unit to cover the attack site and so far so good. I am happy with my purchase and now wish I had bought it sooner (the price put me off and I wasn't convinced it would do the job); it can't just be coincidence that the well established bad moggie gang are now leaving us in peace. The unit does sometimes emit long high beeps, usually when wet or being set off frequently by us, so being able to switch it off easily when we are out there is a bonus. The dog was curious at first but isn't at all bothered by it and the hedgehogs still visit - as do the squirrels unfortunately! I must say I am surprised the unit isn't made of tougher stuff though, I just hope it lasts.
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      29/Jul/2014
      A very effective solution
      No more cat poo! Worked immediately. Neat solution. If you're sick of the feline invasion -and the not so cuddly consequences- buy one of these !





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      07/Jul/2014
      Necessary evil
      I am about to buy my third Catwatch. The other two have both either rusted or been destroyed by insect invasion, but having tried other, more expensive, scarers which sit much further off the ground, I have found them equally vulnerable. This one does at least keep next door's predatory Birman at bay while it is working.
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      02/Jul/2014
      Worked almost immediately
      I am so pleased as I could not believe how quickly this scared the cats which were such a nuisance away. I have a wildlife camera and it was amusing to see the effect on film. The cat looked so startled ,like you see on some cartoons, tore off and has not been seen since!!! An excellent product.
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      28/Jun/2014
      waste of money
      Bought at RSPB Weekend. Worked for a week or two but after 3 batteries tried no response whatsoever for the last month or so.

      RSPB Response - Thanks for your review. Please contact our Customer Services Team and they will be able to help resolve the problem.
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      30/Apr/2014
      Brilliant
      These two new cat scarers are absolutely brilliant.
      We have not had any cats since we had them last year.
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      15/Mar/2014
      Very Disappointed
      I bought the Catwatch Cat Deterrent thinking I had found a perfect solution to my cat problem.
      But unfortunately, I was wrong, it makes no difference what so ever, the cats and mice still visit my garden and bird feeders daily.
      It is working I have checked it on many occasions.
      For me has been a waste of money
      Would not recommend.

      RSPB response - Thanks for your review. This product is not designed to repel mice. It can take several weeks to become effective. However, if you'd like to arrange a replacement or refund, please contact our customer services team.
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      24/Feb/2014
      Excellent effective cat deterrent
      I had a real problem with cats fouling my back garden and after extensive research plumped for Catwatch. I now have a string of them protecting my garden and they work a treat. I have a long thin garden and now have a string of three down each side of the garden, all running from my exterior double socket. Word of advice: they are much more effective if you run them off the mains rather than on batteries as they give off a louder noise (still inaudible to humans!) Beware of cheap imitations! This is the original and the best sonic deterrent, and they are designed and made in the UK - hurray! This also means that their customer service is second to none - they will even send you new spikes if yours break, and they will repair them if they go wrong (I have had mine going for years and they are still going strong, but good to know).
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      16/Dec/2013
      No more cat poo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I have so many cats around me that I was tempted to get a dog to keep them away but realised that this was too expensive an option!!!! Instead I bought the Catwatch and since then the cats have disappeared. This really is fantastic product, it does what it says on the box. It is so great not to go into the garden and see evidence left from a visit by a moggy.

      If you are plagued with cats then this is the product for you. It isn't cheap BUT iIT WORKS unlike many similar products I have bought that don't!
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      07/Dec/2013
      Excellent - works a treat!
      Works very well in our small cluttered garden. Together with extending our fences with wobbly plastic fencing, we have noticed a huge reduction in cat visits and can now feel reasonably confident that our bird visitors can eat, roost, and nest much more safely! Expensive item for what it is but worth the money because it works for us.
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      25/Oct/2013
      Excellent Product!
      I bought 4 of these for my garden and they worked instantly to keep the
      cats out and the mains adaptor worked better for me than batteries. I had a few
      issues with a couple of them but I now keep them ear-wig and spider free
      and they now work better. A great product, so glad I found these, my garden is
      now cat free!
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      14/May/2013
      Amazing difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I have had a problem in the seed bed in my garden with a very large cat!! Every time I went out to check on them this cat had rolled over the seedlings completely flattening them. HOWEVER since I have had my Catwatch cat deterrent there has been NO SIGN of said cat!!!! What a result!! It is a pleasure to go out in the garden and know that I am not going to see ruined seedlings or plants!!

      Thanks to the makers of Catwatch, you have a great product which I have recommended to all my friends.
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      02/May/2013
      Superb has made an Amazing difference! Thoroughly recommend
      I have been plagued with cats in my garden and have tried many deterrents without success over the years. However I have had Catwatch in my garden for few weeks and have not seen 1 cat let alone the evidence that they have been there. It is an unobtrusive product, very easy to set up and has made a tremendous difference to me. I would thoroughly recommend this product without hesitation. It is wonderful to weed in the garden without coming across "cat poo" that you have to deal with. Thank you very much for an excellent product which I will recommend to all my friends.
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      29/Apr/2013
      Lasted ten years
      I am surprised at some of the negative comments here. I've had the Mark One version of this for ten years and it has worked well with the supplied power supply throughout this time. It has now finally worn out. However, the excellent customer care from the company that makes them has enabled it to be repaired for a small fee.
      I hate cats coming into my garden, even more so when I have birds like robin's nesting like I do now. It's interesting that I do not get bothered with cats since I got this deterrent, so it must work.
      I would definitely recommend it.
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      21/Mar/2013
      Connections
      I have one of these with power supply when i had to diconnect this for cleaning as recommended the terminals broke on the power supply leaving me now to use a battery. These are not robust enough after the weather gets to work on them.Needs a bit more design work but seems to keep the cats away from the loft.
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      27/Feb/2013
      Fantastic product - definitely recommend it :-)
      I have had my Catwatch for about 6 months now. I was highly recommended this product from a friend who had also tried other products and championed this as the best. The results were instant and I can confidently say that I have had no problems since installing and I can honestly say that I had many neighbours cats in my garden. I fail to understand the negative comments that others have left, I have had absolutely no complaints and would hightly recommend the product. Good value for the perfect solution. Don't hesitate to give it a try, you will not regret your purchase.
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      25/Feb/2013
      Good for open spaces only
      This would be great if you have large open area. But it seems that even light cover results in no effect. Although I tried to keep low branches of the shrubs trimmed as they grew, even with only a few leaves hanging down the cats were not deterred unless completely out in the open. I found it disappointing that the use information for the product does not give the limits of effectiveness. I would probably need 4 or 5 units with everything trimmed completely 6 inches off the ground in a very small garden to give a criss-cross pattern - not economic or practical.
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      16/Feb/2013
      Does the job but not robust enough in the long term
      I have had three units over a number of years. two go in the garden on one mains adaptor. The adaptor has recently matfunctioned. I have had to repair the units in differnet ways over the years. They do the job but are not robust enough for long term service and now the adaptor needs replacing.
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      30/Jan/2013
      Excellent
      I have used one of these products for over ten years. It works very well indeed. My garden has no cats. Over time the battery contacts can corrode, I use a mains adapter. I recently had to clean them up with a wire brush, but everything works well. I would suggest one to anyone who wants to keep their garden free from cats and their poo.
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      12/Jan/2013
      Excellent
      Love cats and surrounded by them, but hated seeing the feathers each morning and this device has kept the cats at the boundaries. They now walk along the stone wall and shed roofs and the birds are safe. I wish I had bought it ages ago. I also bought the transformer and the long narrow flex reaches to a shed socket and has worked perfectly for months through all this Scottish rain! I poked the spike of the device into a side patio plant pot and it protects an area of at least 30 square metres. Unfortunately it doesn't deter pigeons or squirrels in the trees but may deter foxes.
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      27/Dec/2012
      Not suitable for British climate?
      I was hoping to like this product, partly because it was so expensive, but I really can't. It was good while it lasted but every time I changed the battery I had to eject small creatures (earwigs and slugs mostly) and clean the inside thoroughly because even small creatures can create a real mess. And if they can get in so can water and moisture. The upshot is, like others,I found the connections corroded and when I went to change the battery this time I couldn't get it to work at all. It's a shame because with so many cats in our area I really need a reliable and humane cat scarer.
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      04/Dec/2012
      Excellent product
      Reading the advertisement for CatWatch I noted that it stated the ONLY Cat Deterrent tested and approved by the RSPB. In my opinion this should read THE ONLY CAT DETERRENT - Full Stop! We have had our CatWatch for over seven years, we run it on the mains adaptor from the greenhouse the cost barely registers on our electricity bill. It is out in all winds and weathers, through rain, snow, frost and sun - it takes whatever the weather throws at it, even the winter of 2010 and still it works superbly. An occasional cat chances its luck in our garden, but once they realise that the noise is generated by them, they quickly avoid the garden thus saving our valuable birds. There is always a cheap alternative to CatWatch being offered in the press - if you value the wildlife in your garden, in my opinion they should avoid them at all costs. Thank you for a superb product.
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      30/Nov/2012
      rusts quickly. eats batteries. stopped working
      The clear plastic front broke, then the unit stopped working. I had it repaired and bought another along with a 'y' connector and they both worked for a few months but now the electrical connections are all corroded and crumbly and neither work at all with the mains connector or with batteries. Very very expensive for a simple set of connectors, even if they were weatherproof like they are supposed to be.
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      10/Nov/2012
      Terrible design
      Bought this because RSPB tested. Sadly the tester must have been living in a warm, dry climate because this product has not been designed for British weather. It has no weather protection for the battery compartment which is in the base, so batteries are damaged by the wet and connectors quickly fail. Replacing the battery leads was impossible and the mains extension suffers from similarly bad connection after only a few weeks.

      RSPB response - thanks for your review. Sorry you're not happy with this product. You may have a faulty unit. Please contact our Customer Service Team on 0845 1 200 501 if you'd like to arrange a refund or replacement.
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      07/Nov/2012
      Worthless
      I made the expensive mistake of buying two of these. They are utterly worthless. I've seen cats rubbing themselves against them. At least the cats were distracted long enough for me to soak them. I wish I could rate these things at less than one star but that isn't an available option.

      RSPB response - thanks for your review and sorry to hear you're not happy with this product. Please contact our Customer Service Team on 0845 1 200 501 to arrange a refund or replacement.
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      15/Oct/2012
      excellent
      I bought my cat watch about 3 months ago and since then we have gone from constantly being visited by cats which howled and defecated at night and stalked birds, voles etc during the day to seeing very few. It's magic. However we are now going to buy another one as we can't cover the whole garden with just one.
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      16/Sep/2012
      Very disappointing
      I bought one of these and yes initially for a month it worked.
      It ate batteries like they were going out of fashion. Then the rain and snow came...I made sure it was above the snow level at all times...but the battery got rusted to the connector and was thus rendered useless.
      I did not complain...I foolishly bought another one...this too packed up.
      Have now resorted to chilli filled water guns....
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      03/Sep/2012
      Don't waste your money!
      Very disappointed with this. I know the manufacturers suggest buying the mains adapter but unfortunately I would have to dig up the drive in order to get mains power to where it would be needed! A brand new Duracell battery lasted just over a week and during that time the rain got into the unit and it stopped working altogether! £55 is a lot to chase away the cats for less than a week.

      RSPB response - Thanks for your review. Sorry to hear you're not happy with the Catwatch. It 's possible you have a faulty one. Please contact our Customer Services Team to arrange a replacement or refund.
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      03/Apr/2012
      Excellent product
      I bought this product a couple of months ago & have to say I am very pleased with the results. It took a couple of weeks or so for the cats to get the message but after that my garden has become cat free.
      Definately worth the money as at last my birds can feed safely & an added bonus - no cats mess in my garden.
      Please note: I do like cats but just don't like them killing the birds & messing in my garden.
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      18/Jan/2012
      Does what it says on the tin!
      I bought a catwatch cat deterrent from the RSPB 5 years ago and it does work (and it's still going strong!) although as the first reviewer on here says, it depends on the angle it's positioned at and I would also add that if there are any solid objects near it, they will affect the field of detection (ie make sure you place it where it has open space in front of it and on either side, if possible). I know it works because whenever I forget to replace the battery, the cats start sniffing round again but with a fresh battery they aren't seen again for weeks! I am about to purchase a second one for a differnet part of the garden. All I can say is, try it and see!
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      01/Apr/2011
      Disappointed
      First and foremost it does not work. The cats just saunter by it like it wasn't there. I am assuming that it works as red light comes on when detecting motion. Secondly if you compare what's in this device say compared to some other consumer electronics it is massively over priced. Conclusion - avoid.
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      03/Feb/2011
      Doesn't work
      I am very disappointed with this product... I returned the original one I purchased as it didnt work and was sent a replacement. However, this one doesnt work either. Even though it activates, cats are oblivious to it. Would not recommend.
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      09/Aug/2010
      You get what you pay for
      I had a mk1 Catwatch many years ago and it eventually died. Recently we have had a lot of cat activity so I bought a cheap version which was rubbish, so I returned to the Catwatch. It works and is now a much better design that the old model, so I'm very happy. I would definitely recommend the power adaptor, and I would also recommend turning it off when children are in the garden (the adaptor makes this easy), because if they get too close when it goes off it can easily damage hearing. The coverage achieved is critically dependent upon the forward/back tilt angle, and a bit of experimentation and lurking around the garden at cat height is required - all good fun! Finally, it does deter foxes, which could be a good thing for foxes given the recent news reports.
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      02/Jul/2010
      Not sure if it works
      Recieved one of these three weeks ago as a present, was looking forward to the birds being safe but I'm not convinced - there are two main cats that visit my garden and regularly catch birds. One seems to have been deterred but the worst offender doesn't seem to care the device is there. I see the red light and hear the click to say it is activated when I am in the garden but no reaction from the cat. Also it doesn't seem to have the 40m range and 100 degree field of sensitivity advertised - maybe it's faulty?
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      23/Apr/2010
      Only cats??
      Hmmm, having moved house where they had previously been several cats I was concerned the felines would be sneaking about from day one. But no...not a sign of them, so it works! However, my child and a friend's child both said the incessant clicking bothered their ears so I had to switch it off whilst they played. Also, I know there are foxes here but have not seen any. Is my catwatch watching them too? If so, I'll switch it off in the evenings 'cos I happen to like foxes!
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      07/Apr/2010
      Cat free at last!
      I installed this product a few weeks ago. For the first day the 2 'target' cats were still in the garden but from day 2, apart from 1 occasion, they have avoided the garden. Interestingly, they are also avoiding the adjacent communal car park as well - not sure if this is because of the noise the cat watch makes whenever I pass it. This is absolutely brilliant because these 2 cats used to kill birds almost every day e.g. they killed all the female blackbirds, countless future generations wiped out as a result. Although the cats have presumably just moved operations, they are away from the only trees in the road suitable for nesting/roosting. I would definitely recommend this product.
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      17/Dec/2009
      Hasn't worked for us
      We purchased the catwatch several months ago.... and for a couple of weeks it seemed to work. However after that initial successful period, the neighbourhood cats are taking no notice of it whatsover and continue to lurk under the feeding station. The catwatch is mains-powered and we can see from the light-indicator that it is 'working' and it is positioned only 10 feet away from the feeders. A great disappointment.
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      24/Aug/2009
      Protect Baby Birds in Spring (2)
      Five weeks later and the horrible moggies are gone! In fact, it took about a week. As long as you give a little thought to where you place it, 'Catwatch' works. Unit must have clear site, (trees and bushes reduce effectiveness). I have tested angles and have now covered entry points. I have two units to protect garden and feeders. Cats look at my garden from neighbours fences but do not come in anymore!Seems to work on foxes too. As well as killing my beloved little birds, the cats used my garden and borders as a massive toilet. I had tried cat repellents, oranges and chillies. Nothing worked until now, another big plus for 'Catwatch'! 'Catwatch' is very sturdy, though this would be an ideal product to be solar powered (but it is not). If you cannot run unit with electric power, buy rechargeable 9v batteries and swith units off if you are in the garden for an hour or more.
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      22/Jun/2009
      Protect Baby Birds in Spring
      Please consider getting one of these, especially if you have a lot of young garden birds on the ground in springtime. I got home one lunchtime to find 2 cats under my feeders and 8 dead young tits and finches on my lawn. Ordered this by phone, grateful it arrived next day at 8am. Took 5 minutes to set up with square 9 volt battery which lasts for 3 months and attached it to the supplied stake which I put in the lawn. Protects a 100 degree angle (fat 'V' shape) from the unit to a distance of 40 feet. I will need another one to protect my entire garden. Unit only sets off ultrasonic sound burst for 10 secs when it detects cat movement or body heat. It repeats this until the cat has left the area. Typically takes 2-4 weeks for cats to get the message and avoid the protected area.
      Does not harm cats. Does not work on deaf cats. Exotic and white cats can also be hard of hearing. If you love your birds too, I feel this will be worth the cost...
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