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Old 07-02-2002, 11:15 AM
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Help! Cats are ruining my flower beds!


Any ideas on how to keep cats out of my new raised flower beds? I've searched for suggestions but only came up with a few ideas for keeping squirrels away (crushed red pepper)... the cats are using the beds for a litter box, making it stink and digging up my bulbs and plants in the process! Any ideas would be appreciated... but nothing please that would hurt or kill the cats or my bulbs and plants.

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Old 07-07-2002, 07:04 PM
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Try keeping the beds really, really WET. My cats are using our garden the same way, except for the fact that they use rows with
nothing in them. :mad: :mad: :mad:
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Old 07-08-2002, 03:48 AM
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Thanks, katiebird... I'll give it a try.. they seem to use it about the same time every day so maybe I can use that to my advantage.

Someone told me that moth balls may keep them away... any thoughts on that?

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Old 07-08-2002, 07:12 AM
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You can go to Gardeners.com and get a product called Scat Mat. It has pointy little plastic pieces on it that the cats will not walk on. If they do, it will not hurt them, but I'd bet money they won't go anywhere near them).

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Old 07-08-2002, 08:13 AM
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Morning!

As already said, keeping the beds wet will certainly help, mothballs don't seem to for my folks..cats still walk right by them Putting down some chicken wire on top of the earth might help as they won't like the feel of it on their feet...mulches never worked at all for me, they just dug a spot & went anyway!

Good luck...maybe check it out with a vet as well, they would have good ideas for you! Hugs! Jacquie
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Old 07-08-2002, 08:34 AM
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Manure can attract them, if you have used that to fertalize. Even sterilized manure or mulch with "natural" (manure) fertalizer can attract them. DH did some accounting for a landscape company. The owner told him that it is what makes some of the mulches smell so bad.

My DM always used the moth balls. Of course they don't smell good to humans either.
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Old 07-08-2002, 08:51 AM
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I've successfully used a product called "Cat Away." It looks like little green jell-o pieces, and you scatter it around the perimeter of your beds. It smells bad to the cats, and it breaks their habit in just a few days. I bought it at my local nursery.
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Old 07-08-2002, 10:52 AM
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Cats & Flower Beds

I've heard of using vinegar. Spray it where you don't want the cats to go. I haven't tried it yet & I don't know if it would be harmful to the plants.

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Old 07-08-2002, 12:19 PM
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Martha... I use straight vinegar to kill weeds, & it does a wonderful job, but I think it would kill the plants as well...Hugs...Jacquie
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Old 07-08-2002, 12:29 PM
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My daughter plants marigolds in and around her garden, it keeps her 2 cats out of both the flowerbeds and her raised bed vegetable garden. She keeps an area on the side of the house where she doesn't plant any marigolds and the cats "go" there when they are out in the yard.

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