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Havahart 5266 Spray Away Motion Activated Sprinkler Animal Repellent 2.0

Havahart 5266 Spray Away Motion Activated Sprinkler Animal Repellent 2.0

  • Value
  • Ease of Use
  • Features

The Havahart 5266 Sprinkler Cat Repellent we are reviewing here is the improved version 2. If you are looking for a low cost cat repellent that uses water jets, this is probably one of your best options.

How the Havahart 5266 Spray Away Motion Activated Sprinkler repels cats

The 5266 uses two methods to detect cats in your garden. The first is a motion sensor that will detect any movement in your garden up to almost 2000 square feet. The second is a body heat sensor that will work day and night to make sure no warm blooded animals gain aces to your garden without getting a short sharp shock (of water!).

With this cat repellent’s infrared technology, it can detect an animals body heat up to a distance of 35 feet. Upon activation the spray away sprinkler immediately starts to spray out short bursts of water, combined with a noise that startles the animal,  this cat repellent immediately sends the animal into flight mode and they cat will fly out of your garden quicker than it came in! Because of this type of detection technology, this device will protect your garden from cats night and day.

This device has a sensitivity setting for various types of animal at different ranges, please see our Settings Guide below for how best to set this adjustment for your own situation.

Havahart 5266 Feature list

Here’s the features list for this model.

  • Motion-activated sprinkler easily detects cats and other animals
  • Infrared sensor detects cat’s body heat to activate sprinkler
  • Cat is scared off thanks to immediate burst of water
  • Adjustable thanks to nine settings
  • Adjustable distance
  • Specific settings for different animals
  • Covers 1,900 square feet
  • Easy “push in” set up.
  • Battery powered.
  • LED warning light for low battery
  • Can be ordered in packs of 1,2 or 3 for maximum coverage.


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Advantages of the Havahart 5266

  • Natural, chemical free
  • Adjustable Sensor Eye
  • Adjustable sensor distances (reduces false activation)
  • Covers any size of animal
  • Powered by battery, no need for electrical supply
  • TWO year warranty from the manufacturer



  • Requires hose water feed


Havahart 5266 Settings Guide

Use the table below to adjust your Havahart 5266 sensitivity setting for maximum effect

  • At 10ft sensitivity = 6-7

  • At 20ft sensitivity = 7-9

  • At 10ft sensitivity = 3-4

  • At 20ft sensitivity = 5-6

  • At 30ft sensitivity = 7-9

  • At 10ft sensitivity = 2-3

  • At 20ft sensitivity = 4-5

  • At 30ft sensitivity = 6-9


Tips for the Havahart 5266

Remember to adjust the sensor up or down to trigger for the correct type of animal. For cats adjust the sensor downwards.

  • Adjusting “UP” for large animals/birds and/or high terrain
  • Adjusting “DOWN” for small animals such as cats and vermin


Havahart 5266 Video




The Havahart 5266 Spray Away Motion Activated Sprinkler is one of the less expensive jet water cat repellents we have seen, it is also one of the easiest to setup and get working quickly. It does also have more settings than most other water repellents designed to keep cats out of the garden, which makes it extremely effective. Put simply, once you have this cat repellent installed your cat troubles will be over.



Customer Reviews for the PRODUCT NAME

Gregory from
Not only do they work, they are first class entertainment. I bought two more almost immediately!

Andy from
What a relief to finally find a quality product

Gerard from
For a long time every night my neighbor’s cats would climb my roof and create havoc with their fights, running and continuous noise. Since the Havahart sprinklers are in place no more disturbances, smells or noise. I only wish that I lnew long time ago about this wonderful product. Do I recommend it? By all means!

JJ from
We were so excited to see this Havahart Spray Away Sprinkler Animal Repellent on the Amazon Vine Program. We couldn’t wait to try it and see if it actually worked. I can say that it does work and works great. I am so happy because I didn’t want to see any animal harmed for doing what comes natural…eating! It keeps the birds away from the tomatoes and the rabbits from all the veggies without harming them in any way. We love it and wish we had had it earlier. This will be a part of our gardening from now on. Highly recommend this product! 5 Stars!

RS from
All in all, these devices work fabulously well, it seems to be down to minutiae now. The loss of a daisy chain connection is a setback, but the other features may make it a push.

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