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cats in the garden


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Betty25-Jun-02 11:25 AM EST 5b   
marg25-Jun-02 02:14 PM EST 5b   
jak26-Jun-02 07:33 AM EST 4   
Julie K26-Jun-02 01:28 PM EST 3b   
Stephanie26-Jun-02 03:22 PM EST 5b   
Jeanie26-Jun-02 10:34 PM EST 5b   
JoanneS27-Jun-02 01:12 PM EST 3a   
alnoro27-Jun-02 11:09 PM EST 8   
sandy28-Jun-02 12:06 PM EST 3b   
28-Jun-02 01:43 PM EST   
alnoro29-Jun-02 04:46 AM EST 8   
Sue29-Jun-02 12:32 PM EST 6a   
Joni30-Jun-02 02:33 AM EST   
alnoro01-Jul-02 01:51 AM EST 8   
Betty04-Jul-02 07:50 AM EST 5b   


Subject: cats in the garden
From: Betty
Zone: 5b
Date: 25-Jun-02 11:25 AM EST

Does anyone have a remedy for keeping cats out of the garden. Lately the neighbourhood cats are using my garden as their personal litter box. Anyone have any safe suggestions to sent these critters to their own backyard.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 25-Jun-02 02:14 PM EST

If you type 'cats in the garden' in the search box and go for 365 days and then hit search, you will come up with 2 entries that have lots of helpful tips. marg


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: jak
Zone: 4
Date: 26-Jun-02 07:33 AM EST

I was able to lure the cats away by putting a litter box on my porch for them to use. Gross to have to look after, but I would rather that than have to clean up my garden


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Julie K
Zone: 3b
Date: 26-Jun-02 01:28 PM EST

I just bought a few of the new "piss off plants" that I hope will deter cats and dogs from digging in the garden. They have somewhat of a skunk cabbage smell, but hopefully they will work. They are, however, not hardy enough to be kept outside in the winter in my zone.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Stephanie
Zone: 5b
Date: 26-Jun-02 03:22 PM EST

I put up a chicken wire fence around my garden. It is high enouogh that the cats can't get in, but not too high, so I am able to step over it.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Jeanie
Zone: 5b
Date: 26-Jun-02 10:34 PM EST

My neighbour has over twenty cats, have tried everything, now use a motion sensored water sprinkler, available from Lee Valley Tools, works like a charm.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Jun-02 01:12 PM EST

Have to agree with Jeanie. I used to lay down chicken coop wire which worked great and made it very unpleasant for kitty to dig. Now I use the same motion activiated sprinkler. It is so simple and it works like a charm. When the cats, or dogs or racoons or deer or whatever, wander into the "zone" the sprinkler is activated and shoots a stream of water.

Cats are quite intelligent and it only took me 48 hours to train them not to hang out around the bird feeders. Now, if they even hear the sound of the sprinkler, they are gone like a shot.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 27-Jun-02 11:09 PM EST

I have a cat and my neighbour has 5. I have a lot of dry unplanted dirt and bark mulch under my house eaves.I had a lot of cat litter problems. I have tried a few remedies that have worked, depending on what I had around at the time. I have buried chicken wire and also some old scraps of that small wire plastic coated joinaable fencing, that you put around flower beds. I have also used broken and stomped on tomatoe cages. anything like that that will deter digging. I also take any rose clippings(anything with thorns will do) and lay them down. These remedies have helped a lot and lightly covered are completely unseen. I must admit I do love cats but I also derive pleasure when I see that they have started to dig and decided not to once they encounter one of the barriers. They hardly ever even try any more but, just when I think everything is ok, My neighbour gets a new cat that has to be trained again. the "ScareCrow" sprinklers are really good if you only have one spot to protect but I have lots of spots around the front garden that are choice litter areas. By the way you can also try the FOOLPROOF way I deter cats from my backyard (except my own cat) I have 3 Labrador Retrievers that don't like visiting cats!


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: sandy
Zone: 3b
Date: 28-Jun-02 12:06 PM EST

I have catmint planted for my cat to nibble on, and she stays close by. I also have Salvia "May Night", which has a smell like animal urine, so that keeps them away.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone:
Date: 28-Jun-02 01:43 PM EST

Alnoro, the Scarecrow can be moved anywhere in your yard. It is not a permanent feature. Cats are easily trained, and once they figure out to NOT go in one spot, you can move the Scarecrow to another spot.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 29-Jun-02 04:46 AM EST

Thanks jsaayer It makes a lot more sense now than before


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Jun-02 12:32 PM EST

What are the "piss Off Plants" and where can they be purchased? I have four cats and now that the garden is just about finished they have no where to do their thing outside. Soooo, this long weekend I am creating a kitty litter by my compost pile. They do learn fast - I was spraying them with the hose when I saw them in the garden dirt areas - and they have greatly diminished their visits to those places. Probably because the vegetation is wet. Heaven knows why they won't use the kitty litter in the house. I love my cats dearly but just don't want them digging up the garden.


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Joni
Zone:
Date: 30-Jun-02 02:33 AM EST

Hi everyone, I have not been on for a long time. But I CAN tell you what will work for cats in your garden. You take white vinegar and dilute with water, we use it all the time and it keeps the cats out of my garden. Please try it. IT WORKS


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 01-Jul-02 01:51 AM EST

I'm kidding of course but I was wondering ....What do you do with the diluted vinegar?

Spray the cats? Wet the ground? leave it out in dishes for them to drink? Drink it yourself and to H... with the cats!?


Subject: RE: cats in the garden
From: Betty
Zone: 5b
Date: 04-Jul-02 07:50 AM EST

Thank you for all your help I didn't expect so many responses. I've been trying the mothballs and so far it seems to be working. Thank you to everyone for your advice. Betty


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