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Old 06-07-2015, 06:56 AM
 
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I so dislike people who let their cats roam.

I put down some moth balls yesterday after cleaning up the mess.
Don't think it is working this time like it had in the past.

If you have had a problem with this what did you do that worked?
It is out my front door, put out pretty new bushes and beautiful flowers.

Now it is stinky out there
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:13 AM
 
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Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper in the cat dumping areas and their gone, no damage to garden.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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Well, I am following the recommendation of a friend so we'll see how it works!

Coffee grounds and orange peels (and yes I am taking donations from the girls at work, large flower beds along the side of the house).
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Moth balls and cayenne pepper. Hmm. Might be worth a try here.

I'm both a flower gardener and a cat owner. And this can be a problem.

On the one hand I am glad that my kitties like to use their outdoor space most of the year and save me the trouble of cleaning up after them. But then there are my flowers (and the odor problem if they aren't too meticulous about covering.)

Usually they use a spot in the back of the yard in a narrow area between the garage and fence which is not used by anyone but them. But in the spring when they see me out digging in the dirt they come along and get enthusiastic about digging right along with me. Gives them ideas and "permission" I suppose.

The scent will break down fairly rapidly unless it becomes an established habit. Organic material and all that. Ugh. Hasn't seemed to harm anything that's growing.

A larger problem for me is that when the bedding plants are still unestablished the digging and joyful rolling about in the fresh Spring dirt harms the tiny plants. For this reason I always buy a few more of each than I need and keep them aside in an extra bed for filling in when the inevitable happens.

There is that necessity of excreting and mine are fairly well-mannered about it. Then there is the issue of "marking their territory" and a lot of that goes on during Spring mating season. This is when you'll have males looking for mates intruding into your area and leaving a calling card.

It's all part of the natural social behavior of felines but it certainly doesn't fit very well into what humans consider good neighbor etiquette.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Yes. Orange peels. Cats hate that smell.

There is also a spray you can buy that repels cats.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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Find someone with a holly tree or bush and ask for some clippings, cut them into pieces and spread around the bed, they are very prickly. If you can get a lot, chop them up and use as a mulch, it will keep the cats out.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:37 PM
 
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Rocks. Cats will not dig through rocks.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:40 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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Originally Posted by GiGi603 View Post

I so dislike people who let their cats roam.

I put down some moth balls yesterday after cleaning up the mess.
Don't think it is working this time like it had in the past.

If you have had a problem with this what did you do that worked?
It is out my front door, put out pretty new bushes and beautiful flowers.

Now it is stinky out there
Let your DOG roam free!
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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All you have to do is google how to keep cats out of flower beds

I would not use moth balls. it is toxic to cats and I doubt you want to kill them. Put some moth balls in something you can poke holes in so the odor will get to the cats but they can't eat it.

10 Ways to Keep Cats Away From Yards (1-6)

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Old 06-11-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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You can put down chicken wire and cover it with light layer of mulch or soil. Cats like to dig in soft soil, the chicken wire will make that impossible. I have one flower bed that I have to do this in & it works. I lay the wire out flat & cut openings where I transplant clumps of annuals. In fall, I roll up wire & store until next season. I can see it working well for permanent plantings. It would take work but then it would be done.
The lady that showed me how just heavily planted seeds of flowers then laid the wire on top & left it exposed---the flower plants grew up through the mesh.
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