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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!

    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".

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: cats in my gardens - help!

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

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