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CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!


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despondant Sarah.28-Mar-07 09:11 AM EST 6b   
Leo28-Mar-07 11:13 AM EST   
a calmer Sarah :)28-Mar-07 12:03 PM EST 6b   
Leo29-Mar-07 07:17 AM EST   
Jake29-Mar-07 10:35 AM EST   
cat.aholic@hotmail.com30-Mar-07 12:13 PM EST 5b   
Sarah.30-Mar-07 10:16 PM EST 6b   


Subject: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: despondant Sarah.
Zone: 6b
Date: 28-Mar-07 09:11 AM EST

Husband left door to 'seedling room' open (and won't admit to it, I'll add..) and I found a bunch of munched bell pepper, dwarf munstead lavender, clematis and delphinium seedlings this morning. Since I planted most of these 2 and a half-ish weeks ago..will it be worth it to start over again, or should I just write these varieties off this year and move on to the plants scheduled to be sown this weekend in my seed trays?


Subject: RE: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: Leo
Zone:
Date: 28-Mar-07 11:13 AM EST

Start new seeds, but those are pretty slow germinating varieties... Did any of them pop up? Have you ever heard of the "piss-off" plant? Cats wont go near it!!


Subject: RE: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: a calmer Sarah :)
Zone: 6b
Date: 28-Mar-07 12:03 PM EST

Yeah..the reason I'm so upset is that all of them had germinated so well..within a week and a half pretty much of planting. I'm hoping it wasn't just dumb luck!!(but I know better.) I have never heard of the 'piss-off' plant. I will look it up! I'm closer to just throttling the cats right now..or the husband..whichever crosses my path first!!


Subject: RE: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: Leo
Zone:
Date: 29-Mar-07 07:17 AM EST

"dumb luck" I take it as a blessing --sometimes--

I've noticed if a plant or seed dies,, something new always pops up a day or to later anywhere, almost like reincarnation.


Subject: Excellent Cat Deterrent...
From: Jake
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Date: 29-Mar-07 10:35 AM EST

On a related topic, if you want to keep cats away from an area of your garden, you can't do better than to get the "Cat Deterrent". Its a good way of keeping them out of areas, while being safe for the cat too.

Its recommended by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and its sold by a UK company...

http://www.conceptresearch.co.uk/cats.htm

The one big drawback is the price, but its been really effective at keeping my neighbours' cats away from my plants and also my bird feeders.


Subject: RE: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: cat.aholic@hotmail.com (cat.aholic@hotmail.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-Mar-07 12:13 PM EST

Hi, Sarah :

I have about 9 trays of seeds started and a bunches growing. These are all in my living room on a huge trolley , completely open to my 10 cats. So far no disturbances of any kind from the critters. I do keep a spray bottle (full) of water on a cat level shelf . Acts as a great deterrent & has to be more economical than other suggestions you've received.


Subject: RE: CATS ATE MY SEEDLINGS!!
From: Sarah.
Zone: 6b
Date: 30-Mar-07 10:16 PM EST

Ten cats..holy moses!! The two I have completely defy any previous experience I've had with felines. I joke all the time to my husband that they are the devil's spawn. Water bottles worked with other cats I've had, but not these two. I've had to learn to just cat-proof and lock doors when necessary. You must be a cat charmer!:) Incidentally, I caught hubby in the act of leaving the same door open again today and boy, did he look sheepish! Maybe I should spray HIM with the water bottle!!


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