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By Grandma J 08/07/2010
Garden hose on spray when I see one enter the yard. Also could put a watering hose, not the leaking one, one with more spray up on it. Leave it on trickle about 6 inches high. Cats and water do not mix.
I would plant some coleus canina it is also called scare the cat plant. They do not like the smell of it nor do dogs the plant puts off the smell of a tom cat. But is not detected by our noses just there's. There are also sprays that are marketed to keep animals away but they have to be applied over and over again. Coleus canina is an annual so you plant it in the spring each year and your problem is solved.
By vicki hood 08/06/2010
Cayenne pepper. Replace after watering
By Teresa Schoellkopf08/06/2010
You're gonna think I'm crazy. But I have a cat. And I don't appreciate him getting into my thornless blackberry bushes or my raised vegetable beds. In fact, no varmints are welcomed. A very old remedy, and believe me. It works. I collect first morning's urine from my husband, via one of the plastic Folgers Instant Coffee jars. The urine is distributed around the areas where they're not welcomed, very thin line along the way. Also, keeping the first inch or two of soil moist tends to turn them off.
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Help! My cats are using my mulched rose garden as a potty box. What can I do to make them stop? These are not house cats, they are all strays that have taken up residence. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Trinidad from Granger, WA
1. Orange, lemon, and citrus in general repel cats. The peels of these fruits scattered in the bed may help.
2. Vinegar, the cure all for everything. Cats don't much like the smell of vinegar. If you have wood chip mulch I think you could soak some of it in a cup of vinegar and then spread it around. However, it may effect the pH of the soil.
3. Shiny things. Especially shiny, crinkly things. ie crumpled coke cans, foil. Cats don't like stepping on foil, so if you cover the ground with foil and secure it with rocks they're not apt to step foot in the flower bed. I don't know if it would effect how much heat the soil gets though. Crushed cans with the tabs left on and strung up on a string just high enough they can swing freely deter cats, but may not look too swell. (10/19/2007)
Glad you're letting them "take up residence" and I'm sure they appreciate it! (10/19/2007)
I need a homemade cat repellent for around mulched outdoor plants (roses).
By Alex from Chino Hills, CA
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