Why in the hell would there be a article on how to keep cats out of your yard or garden.??? I want cats in my garden or yard. They help keep assinine squirrels out of the yard. It’s squirrels that are damaging my yard, not cats. Its so typical that there is some anti-cat article. We put dogs on the highest pedestals, but treat cats like their evil. I LOVE cats. Someone has to.
I have a cat that I love but it does not wander she is leashed as well as my dog. I work hard on my flower and do not want it used as a flower bed. Keep your cats home as they are your not mine.
Because they dig up flower beds and spray flowers and kill them and dig up around bushes and kill them as well! I love cats but don’t have any or so I want them in my flower beds or around my bushes or deck spraying things!
We got two Pitbulls red nose, and a Chinese restaurant that opened about 3 years ago nearby... We haven't seen a cat around our property in a looooong time, is like they all disappeared.
Tale of two kitties: Scamp vs. Tiki
We adopted a big ol' barn kitten we named 'Scamp.' As he grew, we realized that hunting gophers was one of his favorite things. For all the time we had him (14 years), I never had a gopher in my garden. One time I noticed that a gopher had dug a new hole right at the fence line. As a joke, I picked Scamp up and put him by the hole. Ten minutes later he was back with the gopher. What a cat.
Now we have Tiki. He is a purebred Ragdoll, and considers gophers to be his best friends. He would no more harm a gopher than he would consider making a Rottweiler his best friend. If he sees a gopher, he runs the other way. He also likes to use the garden as his litter box, so I tend to keep him away from it, tethering him to other parts of the yard. I also in the past have roto-tilled him his own litter box away from the garden, but he prefers the garden.
So for growing season, Tiki is catsona non-grata around the garden.
I used to get all the neighbors cats and small dogs doing their business in my garden and lawn. I finally, meticulously, fenced off all the available entry points. I waited for the cats to show me how they would try to get in and then barricaded it. I haven't seen any cats or dogs in my backyard for several years now. One of the reasons I did it was so that I could have free range chickens without worrying that a neighbors cat would kill them. So it was a win win for me with the fencing. However, I still have cats using my front flowerbeds as a litter box, even though I put tons of thorny blackberry and raspberry trimming in it. The dogs seemed to get the hint.
I've used cocoa bark mulch for years to keep cats out of my flower beds. It works great & smells good. Our vegetables are in raised beds with regular mulch, & the cats never seem to go in them.
Any place I do not want a cat to be is sprinkled with ground coffee, cheapest store brand works fine for me. I find that using dry,unused grounds work better than used and are easier to spread.