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Discouraging Cats from Defecating in Garden?


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How can I discourage the local cats from defecating in my veggie garden? Obviously I need to do it without harming them so that means pepper is out and I have a visiting hedgehog so I think that rules out the ultrasound gadgets. Someone has moved in the street with three cats and I'm one of the few here who hasn't paved it over so they all head here. I love cats, but I do want to grow things too.

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December 21, 20191 found this helpful
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It is probably too late to do this, but if you plant lavender around your garden and the cats will stay way.

Please do not use pepper of any kind or mothballs. Pepper can burn the sensitive eyes and paws on ALL animals and mothballs are just toxic and they can leach into you soil and garden items. VERY dangerous.

You can try to sprinkle dried lavender around, but that will get washed away after a rain.

Is it possible to put up fences?

Also, is it possible to express your concern to the cat owners, that you have concerns for the kits safety and can they be sure their cats are safe at all times. I know that probably won't go well, but that would be my big concern--keeping these kitties safe and out of your garden at the same time.

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December 21, 20190 found this helpful

Pghgirl40, Don't worry, I wouldn't dream of putting down mothballs or pepper or anything that might harm any animal. I'd rather put up with them. I do have an allotment but it's a mile away and I don't drive and the older I get. the farther off it seems to be! I don't know where the cats come from but they all appeared together so I guess it's one family.

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Don't know if I have the nerve anyway. The back garden isn't very big but I can't really justify a polytunnel or that's what I'd do. Thanks anyway.
Marg.
P.S. I've got lavender bushes- perhaps I need more!

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December 21, 20191 found this helpful

So happy to hear you are anti pepper and moth balls. It makes me quite crazy when I find these suggestions on the internet, and would hate to see these suggestions get adopted if someone read them here.

I had to google polytunnel. What a neat idea!

I probably would not have the nerve to talk to the owners either. I like to think I am evolving and getting better as I can talk to people calmly now, like I could not do when I was much younger.

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Maybe lavender is the future way for you to manage them.

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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December 21, 20191 found this helpful
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Citrus is a great way to stop any animals from peeing in your yard. You can put down citrus peeling from limes, oranges, or even lemons in your garden. Spread them around your plants. They are good for the environment, your plants and cats hate the smell. Keep adding fresh ones all the time and this will keep them away.

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December 22, 20190 found this helpful

That I will try, pochere. Thanks and merry Christmas to all.
Marg.

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December 22, 20190 found this helpful

And Happy New Year. :)

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December 22, 20191 found this helpful
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Citrus peels helped at first but the cats eventually became immune to it and.

I would do a rotation of citrus peels and coffee grounds.

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December 20, 20190 found this helpful

Use moth balls the cats don't like the smell and they will move on to other place to do there business they hate the smell

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December 20, 20190 found this helpful

Coffee grounds is a good one!

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December 22, 20191 found this helpful

Thanks Ana, will try this.

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December 20, 20190 found this helpful

I have heard of mothballs but think it is toxic to animals.

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