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 Post subject: How to keep cats out of my garden?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:00 am 
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I'll start by saying I don't hate cats. What I DO hate is that because I'm pretty much the only house on this street without a cat, everyone else's outdoor cat likes to shiitake in my garden. Right under the window. There is literally a foot high mountain of cat crepe. And everytime I clean it up, 2 weeks later there's another moutain of shiitake.

I would like to repel the kitties without harming them. How do I do this?


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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:28 am 
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mulch. cover up all bare soil with grass clippings, leaves, whatever. i think they're there because they like to have that bare earth to scratch around in.

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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
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I've got a thick layer of mulch already. They shiitake on top of it.


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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
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then the only option is to start contracting attack owls!!!!

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Used coffee ground are supposed to work if you spread them around in the area!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:41 am 
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If you do an Internet search of "cat repellents" lots of good ideas come up. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:44 am 
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You can get motion sensor sprinklers that would probably keep the cats away. Or plant a catnip plant somewhere you wouldn't mind them pooping (i.e. a unfriendly neighbour's garden).

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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
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You could try laying chicken wire just above your mulch. Not a very atractive solution, though. I've also heard of putting raspberry or rose canes across the soil. The theory is if they can't dig, they won't poop.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:02 am 
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Put dogs in your garden.

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I had some raccoons, and I bought this sprinkle stuff that has the scent of a predator animal in it, and I noticed they made one to repel cats. Search 'cat repellent' on amazon, it's in a green labeled bottle... I forget the name though.

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Stop growing catnip, duh!

I, too, have seen cat repellent powder/scent, but I don't have a cat problem (yet... crossing my fingers) so I have not had to use anything to remedy it! Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
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You would think that with a thick layer of mulch, covered by a thick layer of snow, the cats would go somewhere else. Oh no. They are still just shitting right on top of the snow. Right by my front door. Nothing better than opening the door in the morning and getting a big whiff of cat shiitake.


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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
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Its so cold out by us, and I know the little cats have no where else to go, so we feed them and provide them shelter.

As a thanks they don't seem to be shitting in our yard. So maybe feed them and hope they crepe in your neighbour's yards?

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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:40 am 
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AmandaMelanie wrote:
You would think that with a thick layer of mulch, covered by a thick layer of snow, the cats would go somewhere else. Oh no. They are still just shitting right on top of the snow. Right by my front door. Nothing better than opening the door in the morning and getting a big whiff of cat shiitake.


i'm sorry! i know that animals tend to not toity where they can smell the scent of another animal. the problem is you don't want another kind of heinous pet waste smell by your door! i'm wondering if a garlicky scent would repel the kittehs? reflective material gives some critters the willies--what about a scare crow of sorts? gimme some time here--i'll use my gardening superpowers to find you a solution.

new development! cats do not like the scent of citrus, eucalyptus, or mint oils.

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 Post subject: Re: How to keep cats out of my garden?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:07 pm 
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Tofulish wrote:
Its so cold out by us, and I know the little cats have no where else to go, so we feed them and provide them shelter.

As a thanks they don't seem to be shitting in our yard. So maybe feed them and hope they crepe in your neighbour's yards?

Oh, they all have homes and get fed. They just get put outside to poop. In my garden.
I'm not heartless, I promise. Malcolm and I feed the squirrels in the backyard all the time :) They poop in the woods, where it belongs!


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