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how do you keep cats out of your flower bed?

There are some neighborhood cats that like to use my flower beds as litter boxes. In the process of doing their business they dig up seeds and ruin my somewhat carefully planned garden.

I have tried putting thorny holly leaves in the dirt and large rocks.

any ideas?
 
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I have 2 kittens and I tried the pepper dust but they seemed to be attracted to it rather than repelled by it ... neighbouring cats kept "visiting" to check mine out so I sprayed the "visitors" with some water I had handy and as far as I've seen they haven't been back. But that only works if you're there I guess. I keep discouraging my own kittens from doing any digging etc... in this garden and they come inside to use their litter trays but maybe I'm just lucky so far, I guess and I can't swear that they're not digging etc... in someone else's garden, but I have told my neighbours to shout "out" loudly or hiss at them if they're being pests and hopefully that is working for my neighbours as so far I haven't had any complaints - but still it's early days.
 
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I found a very very dilute solution of Jeyes fluid works well. Just about 15mls in a watering can full of water. It is too weak to be unpleasant but the cats can smell it & avoid it. I've never seen any plant harmed by it if it gets accidentally splashed. You do need to re spray after heavy rain but eventually they get the message & 'go' elsewhere.
 

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I've deterred cats using orange peel before - apparently they don't like citrus so I just scattered it over the soil. It doesn't last long though, but if you like eating oranges then it shouldn't be a problem :)
 
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I haven't tried it before because we no longer have a cat problem now that no one is feeding strays and allowing them to reproduce (yeah, sore spot), but I read an article recently on using citrus peels. Since vinegar is used to control weeds you might consider giving that a try as well - it's supposed to deter cats and keep them from jumping on the kitchen counters.
 
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The spray can has worked fine for me.. my neighbors cat was hell bent on destroying my grow lights and plants .. peeing all over them.. a good shot from the spray can for a few days has kept him of permanently from my plants.. he never even takes a small peek at my plants now..
My friend swears by vinegar though.
 
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LOL, that is so funny, Maddie! For that to work for the rest of us we'd have to be there to catch the cats and spray them in the act. I have been tempted to add a bit of vinegar to the bottle we use to chase the cats off the table and counters though. The water alone doesn't seem to phase them much anymore.​
 

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The only thing that I found to work (on most cats), is the ultrasonic cat gadget ...



there are cheap ones and more powerfull more expensive ones, that deter foxes and larger animals .... get the best that you can afford

there is also a similar device that connects to a hose, and when it detects motion, it sprays jets of water
 
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The only thing that I found to work (on most cats), is the ultrasonic cat gadget ...

...there is also a similar device that connects to a hose, and when it detects motion, it sprays jets of water
Ha, ha! That one could keep people away from the garden as well. We should tell ACSAPA about this; it might help solve the problem of people entering the yard and removing things.
 
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I've deterred cats using orange peel before - apparently they don't like citrus so I just scattered it over the soil. It doesn't last long though, but if you like eating oranges then it shouldn't be a problem :)
I will have to try this one! Between the kids and I, we can eat a lot of oranges. I have been wondering for a while what would work good as we have way too many strays by us. But I also have a cat who strolls outside often and didn't want her to be bothered.

Vinegar didn't seem to help here. In desperation I sprayed down the fence with it and yet the strays didn't seem bothered by it. I am so tired of them peeing on my deck and in my garden!! They go all over trying to get my kitty's attention.
 
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I will have to try this one! Between the kids and I, we can eat a lot of oranges...

Vinegar didn't seem to help here. In desperation I sprayed down the fence with it and yet the strays didn't seem bothered by it. I am so tired of them peeing on my deck and in my garden!! They go all over trying to get my kitty's attention.
I have an idea for you; take some of the orange peels and steep them in white vinegar for two weeks. You can use the citrus vinegar for cleaning around the house or as an outdoor spray for the stray cats.
 
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I have an idea for you; take some of the orange peels and steep them in white vinegar for two weeks. You can use the citrus vinegar for cleaning around the house or as an outdoor spray for the stray cats.
This is a great idea, thank you! I clean with vinegar a lot so adding orange scent would make it a little easier on the nose :) And if it helps keep the stray cats out too, even better!
 

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when your neighbour goes shopping, superglue the catflap on her door.... problem solved

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Sometime ago I had a problem with foxes raiding our garbage bins and was told by a neighbor to gently pour vinegar around the bin. We did and low and behold it worked, all the other bins in our street were attacked apart from ours. The same neighbor also told us that cats didn’t like vinegar especially if you soaked the vinegar into the skins of citrus fruits; she also suggested that we get a dog and put a kennel in the garden!
 

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Bad, Dim, bad!
I know the cats are very bad! .... I am landscaping a garden, and the neighbours cats destroy all the perennials (£5 per plant) .... they never go to the same place and destroy a different plant everyday (several heuchera are damaged)

It's funny that the cat never messes in his own garden and always has to mess up a neighbours garden

The owner of the property had a word with the cats owner, and the owner just shrugged hs shoulders .... I have a feeling that things will get ugly .... we have tried the ultrasonic gadget (which works on some cats), but it is not effective

Cat owners should be held responsible for damages that their pets incur .... its sad that one cannot enjoy and plan their own garden because of someone else's cat!
 
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I know the cats are very bad! .... I am landscaping a garden, and the neighbours cats destroy all the perennials (£5 per plant) ....

Cat owners should be held responsible for damages that their pets incur .... its sad that one cannot enjoy and plan their own garden because of someone else's cat!
I don't think people should let their cats outside. They are domestic animals and belong inside where they will only wreak havoc on their owner's plants/belongings. It's safer for them also.

I think you should experiment with different kinds of plants; maybe catnip would keep them away from the other plants they way planting nasturtiums are supposed to attract pests from valuable food plants.
 
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Rose trimmings mixed in with vinegar water will do the trick. However, one part of my garden that was very popular with cats needed something stronger. I heard about putting a jar in the ground and putting moth balls in it! I thought it was an old wife’s tail but for whatever reason it worked!

As far as leaving cats in doors, I think that it is unfair to the cat as they are wild animals (even though we think they are domestic) and need open spaces to play around in. One of our neighbors bought a Ragdoll cat (pedigree cat) and she said she was going to keep it inside the house. I said I thought that the cat would be a lot happier if it was aloud out. Cutting a long story short she finally let the cat out and its so more affectionate and happy.
 

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