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In late November we tilled a couple flower beds to plant Tulips for the Spring. I have recently discovered that the local Feline population has begun using our flower beds as litter boxes. Doing this, they have disturbed some of the Tulip bulbs. Is there anything I can do to deter this behavior without jeopardizing the 9 lives of the Cats, nor damaging the Tulips asleep in their beds?
Could you spare some ground on the edge of the property, tucked away, where you could till and get them to use it instead of your flower beds?
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(Thank you for not using mothballs, cayenne pepper, or a gun.)
Good luck and let us know how it works out!
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I found that by planting a catnip plant in the edge of my garden, where they could roll on it and not disturb any of my seeds or plants, that they stopped using it for a litter box. It has to do with not going to the bathroom where you eat. They left all of my garden plots alone after they found the catnip. This will be season two, and my house cat is thrilled to get fresh catnip from time to time as well. Hope it helps.
I have to be careful how to tell you this but the best thing to deter cats is human urine. It also works with dogs. I tried it out with my fur pet on a place he used to love to use and he never went there again. Now I have got to get him to stop going on my door step.
But if you put the urine into a watering can and dilute 50/50 and just water round the area you wish to protect result no cats. It will be washed away by rain but as it is free and will be adventageous to your ground that is of no problem is it.Give it a try only fill the water can in private lads as the local bobby will never believe you are just trying to keep the cats off.
Spring is only just around the corner.
The very best method of removing cats from your garden that I have found is a .22 rifle. Failing that, a Have-A-Heart live trap, baited with a can of tuna also works, although now you have the problem of getting rid of the darn cat.
Gross as it may sound to some people "human" urine is a good dose of nitrogen to the soil.
Urine is Sterile wso no worries there.
I say go ahead and give it a try...
I had the same problem with next doors felines, in my herb garden. Never mind their dog dumping on my yard. Was told about a product called danger zone and works great.....give it a shot.
After all the chinese eat dog I wondered if this might be a solution to the cat problem. You could always give the skin back to the owner of the cat. So you'd have a meal and they still have their cat( a little thinner) that would be very cheap in vet bills and no more kittys in the garden.
Why not use the mothballs? Are they dangerous? Was having trouble with the little yapper next door using my new raised bed. I put moth balls around in the cracks of the railroad ties a few weeks ago and now the dog is just using around the bed instead of in it.
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save your pecan shells for mulch in your flower beds. Cats do not like to walk on them and they help hold moisture in flower bed.
if you dust the outside perimiter about a two foot in width, it should stop them, the lime burns their feet. it will not hurt them, they just do not like the burning feeling.
Injuring the cats is cruel and can be considered animal abuse. Please do not shoot at them or use dangerous traps.
If they are a big problem, call the SPCA or another local rescue organization. They can pick up the cats and relocate them safely.
Barring that, planting catnip around the beds works well, but it can be invasive and spreads like wildfire in my experience. Leaving citrus peels or juices (oranges, lemons) out deters them because they don't like the smell. Rue, lavender, chicken wire fences, stone mulch, and motion-activated sprinklers also work. If you can't afford a sprinkler, soak the little buggers any time you see them. Eventually they'll learn that garden beds are not fun to be around.
My problem with the wild cats is my dog loves to eat it. He then became sick with Hookworms. Cost me a lot in vet bills to cure him. So, not only are they a nuisance to gardens they also harbor a lot of diseases. I use chili or cayenne pepper sprinkled about. Just have to remember to reapply when it gets wet out. I also trapped 3 of them but could not stand taking them to the Humane Society. Adult feral cats can not be socialized and have to be put down. So, that being said I started using the powders and it works quite well. PS: I have a cat and always have so I am a cat lover.
eggshells sometime work, also I put up little sticks all throughout the garden. Cats want to do their business in nice soft unobstructed dirt so the sticks will deter them.
Urine also works but it needs to be male urine. Cats will think the area is taken and stay away. It's the testosterone ladies! If a male cat smells estrogen he will mark the territory and keep coming back.