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sarah
cats in my gardens - help!

Ideas needed to keep cats out of my gardens! They have become
the neighborhood litter box!! I have tried ground pepper and
someone had told me to try garlic - it hasn't helped. I have
tried some store bought chemicals and nothing has helped. What
do I do in these areas as far as the soil acidity? Also do not
want to use automatic sprinklers with winter coming up - it gets
even worse because mulch does not freeze close to house.

A. Spruce
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

Coffee grounds, new or used it doesn't matter. Spread them liberally throughout the beds and the cats will stay away. The nice thing is that coffee smells pretty good and will help to dissipate/mask the cat odors until time and nature do it for you. The coffee grounds can be scattered on top of or under the mulch with the same cat deterring effects, though the stronger the coffee aroma the less the cats will want to be there. I've used this technique for years to deter neighborhood cats from my yard as well as keep my own out of areas that they don't belong.

goldhiller
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

Aggressive dog on a long chain. :D

canuk
Re: cats in my gardens - help!
goldhiller wrote:

Aggressive dog on a long chain. :D

Ouch !:eek: :D

ed21
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

They sell motion detector activated sprinklers. Cats hate getting wet almost as much as they hate bb guns.;)

A. Spruce
Re: cats in my gardens - help!
ed21 wrote:

They sell motion detector activated sprinklers. Cats hate getting wet almost as much as they hate bb guns.;)

Or aggressive dog on a long chain. :p

petefritz
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

How 'bout some temporary garden fencing (10-20" high)with netting over the top? Maybe do that over the winter and by spring the cats may have moved on to another "bathroom".

goldhiller
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

pete,

I was thinking similar the other day, but thought perhaps erecting a 4' high chicken wire fence would do the deed. (no lid on it) It would be easy to do this with some small steel posts and easy to put a small gate in it also........for human traffic.

I'm pretty sure that the cats wouldn't climb it, nor jump it, but not sure they wouldn't hop a lower fence to "go" where they're now accustomed to "going".

chuckandgaye
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

My neighbor saves all the hair when they conb out their dog,they say it works,but I dont know.I have the same problem in my red multch,ive grown to hate all stray cats,and I really hate the idiots who leave food out for them.

goldhiller
Re: cats in my gardens - help!

Or.......aggressive dog on a long chain. :D

A. Spruce
Re: cats in my gardens - help!
chuckandgaye wrote:

My neighbor saves all the hair when they conb out their dog,they say it works,but I dont know.I have the same problem in my red multch,ive grown to hate all stray cats,and I really hate the idiots who leave food out for them.

Try the coffee trick, it's easy and free if you save your used grounds OR go to your local coffee house and ask for their used grounds. Starbucks repackages theirs and gives them away, most shops are probably the same. Just ask.

Coffee has worked in the last two homes I've lived in to deter cats from the perimeter of the house or property.

Or, get an aggressive dog on a chain ... :p;):D:D:D

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