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rick32 06-27-2007 02:38 PM

cats in the flowerbed
My wife planted flowers this spring and just like clockwork the neighborhood cats think its a portapotty. We've tried moth balls and red pepper but nothing seems to work. I want to tie my boxer out front but im not allowed. Do any of you folks have a "HUMANE" way of dealing with this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.....Rick

slakker 06-27-2007 07:44 PM

Red pepper or cayenne pepper? The hot indian cayenne work very well and needs to be reapplied every so often

rjordan392 06-27-2007 08:41 PM

You might find a device that works by sensing motion and then it squirts a jet of water where the motion is detected. A local nursery had them in stock. Cost around 80 to 90 dollars. You can put a timer on it, so that it only works when the cats are up to no good, like at night. You don't want to offend the mailman. I will have to invest in one of these myself as I have the same problem. Check out some garden catalogs, you may find it there.

ciera 06-28-2007 10:12 AM

Cats don't like the smell of oranges. Cut one up and lay the slices out there.

Also, add more plants. If there's not much soil showing, there's no easy way for them to dig.

Medium_Pimpin' 07-05-2007 09:38 PM

I have had the same problem with both dogs and cats. Moth balls have worked very well for me. I use Critter Gitter also, a product that can be purchased at most hardware stores. It is granular and quite expensive compared to the moth balls, but when using those two products in combination, I have experienced far fewer problems. It even seems to have kept the chipmunks and birds at bay.

ciera 07-05-2007 10:00 PM

FYI, mothballs are toxic. You don't want to be tossing those out in your yard if you're looking for humane ways to get rid of cats.

Medium_Pimpin' 07-05-2007 10:09 PM


Originally Posted by ciera (Post 51742)
FYI, mothballs are toxic. You don't want to be tossing those out in your yard if you're looking for humane ways to get rid of cats.

I did not realize they were toxic. If that is the case then I will not continue to use them.

majakdragon 07-07-2007 09:47 AM

I use cayanne pepper and chili powder (cheap stuff from the Dollar store) but I have also found that pine cones make an uncomfortable litterbox. They also add a decorative element. My potted plants have plastic forks (tines upward) planted in the dirt.

NASCAR9 11-19-2009 03:11 PM

Anymore ideas? I have this problem and the city told me to get a 'Cat Trap". I think this will cause a problem with my neighbors.

DangerMouse 11-19-2009 03:45 PM

lots and lots of great big rocks......


Lali 11-20-2009 04:00 AM

Thanx for the laugh DM. The most humane way to keep cats out of your garden is to save your orange peels, break or chop them up, 'scatter' & dig them in frequently. I do this regularly & have never had a problem. Cats also prefer dry soil, so if possible, keep it slightly moist. Works for me!

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