Stray Cat Problem

How can I keep stray cats out of my garden?

Gina from Philadelphia, PA

December 1, 20000 found this helpful

I sprinkle cayenne pepper in my gardens wherever the stray cats start to dig. The next time they start digging they get a whiff of the pepper and decide it might be nicer to dig at home.

Holly Monroe

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

Re: the stray cat problem, there are some aerosol repellents sold at pet stores and garden stores that might work. Also, supposedly citrus peels in the garden keep the kitties away. You could try it. The cats probably like the soft mulch or nice soil of your garden beds. I have simply learned to live with the "problem" in my area, but I do plant my garden very thickly, so that once it's grown in, it doesn't make an inviting kitty litter. But one "plus" is that the cats often keep the mole and mice population down.

Ness - Lakeview, NY

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

Gina if you are speaking of cats digging in your garden beds here is what you do. Lay chicken wire over the soil, the plants will grow through it. The cats do not like the feel of the chicken wire on their feet and will stay out of the garden.

Kathy Cohen - Northfield, Vermont

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

This sounds terribly gross, but usually garden supply stores will have what is called 'predator urine' packets that you put around your garden. This alerts the cats, in your case, that there is danger and they will go away without bothering anything. (Don't think it is something that humans can detect, but the animals sure know what it is. Like cougar urine for keeping deer away, etc. Good Luck!


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September 4, 20040 found this helpful

Most of the time oranges will work, just cut them up and throw them out there in the garden.

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September 18, 20040 found this helpful

It may be a little bit of a hassle, but cats do not like, and will not dig in wet soil. I never have a problem if I keep the garden area wet.

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February 10, 20060 found this helpful

I tried cayenne pepper and it didn't work they still cocme

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

Are there any natural detterents for cats - mine is digging up rug in places (near doors) and the store bought kind does not work.


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January 13, 20090 found this helpful

Use mothball in cotton wraps.

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April 14, 20110 found this helpful

I'm having almost the same problem, stray cats have converted the door of my flat into a litter box, i've tried spraying water on the floor and onion peels, bt it does not help at all now it has become a favorite spot of stray cats to litter here, I even want to poison them bt any thing less then it is also welcome?

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September 29, 20130 found this helpful

We have 3 cats. Sam 13 is fine we have two other Birman male and female all neutered. We have just moved into our first home and a stray cat is coming in every night and peeing on the couches and also on the bench tops.

How do we stop this? I'm pregnant and worried about when the baby comes This stray tries to get in their room. We haven't been able to catch it and it comes in through the cat door please help

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