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  1. #1
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    Angry 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.

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    Aggressive dog on a long chain.

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    Quote Originally Posted by ****hiller View Post
    Aggressive dog on a long chain.
    Ouch !

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

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

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    Quote Originally Posted by ed21 View Post
    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.

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    Default 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".

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    Hi- try any clear plastic bottle filled with water. the cats do not like the way the light reflects through the bottles. the bottles serve another purpose as well, the sun warms the water and can be used as a thermal heater against the cold plants in winter. good luck!

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    A cat using my yard as a litter box will be dealt with harshly . I'll be darned if I'm going to erect fencing or netting , remove plants that attract them , or alter MY lifestlye in any way to accomodate THEM . I have a humane trap and have " relocated " about half a dozen over the years .
    They are a nuisance , a health hazard , and their owners are violating the local leash laws .

  10. #10
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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

    I had the same problem in my front yard.
    I bought lava rock & just sprinkled in thru the flowers, no more cats in the flower bed-it has been 3 years & still no cats in the yard.
    The moth ball stinks to much & really did not work with the cats.
    Good luck

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