Problem Cats in the Garden
April 2, 1999
I would like to know how to keep the neighbourhood cats from using our flower
garden for an outhouse. They all seem to like our garden. Thanks...
I've been searching for advice on keeping my cats from urinating in my plants.
I have heard of something and can't remember if it was pepper or paprika
or some other spice. Can anyone help? My cat is killing all of my houseplants
The following are suggestions from my readers as to how to deal with wayward
I will add any resonable
suggestions to this list as I receive them.
- I've found that my four cats don't seem to like petunias, so I plant them
in the front of any flower bed I don't want them to play in. Maybe they
don't like the aroma.
- Use Mothballs works best if the soil is new but it will work to some degree
indoors or out with all soils.
- You can also try motion-activated garden sprayers in strategic places
to keep cats and dogs away from certain areas--all it does is spray them
with water. www.scatmat.com sells them. I haven't tried these, so I can't
- I have used stones with success. Large enough that they can't scrach.
Looks natural and is free. good luck
- This works for me (a product from the vet or a mailorder like foster and
smith)it's called "bitter apple" it is natural and not very expensive
- My suggestion is try a wire screen(mesh)fence about 1 ft around the top
of the plant pot itself. You can cover this and try it. It would take a
little construction on your part but it might be an idea for you.
- I've had good luck placing lava rocks over the soil. Make sure they don't
touch the stem, though.
- I have heard many times that using preditor markings will keep them away.
I can't guarantee that it will work, but it may be worth a try..... Try
going to http://www.predatorpee.com/
- I'm not sure if you'd call this an all natural solution but it worked
for me. My neighbors cat used my azalea bed as a big litter box, scattering
mulch and making a big mess. I took ammonia and wiped it on the raised
bed's borders (wood) and He hasn't visited my beds since but he still sits
with me on the porch occasionally. Hopefully no harm done.