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How to Keep Cats Out of the Garden
I love working in the garden. It is a place I visit on a regular basis in the summer-time to get my hands dirty and connect with the earth. My barn cats love my garden too. I believe a lot of their attraction comes from the fact that my scent is deep in the dirt. I am now down to their level and it becomes easier to visit me as I am less of a threat when I kneel or sit low to the ground. Besides, there are bugs running around going after the all-day lunch buffet offered. Once the garden begins to grow, the plants offer extra shade and protection for small rodents which also attracts the cats. Itís a hard place to ignore for all of us. Cats love to dig in the soil and yes, even poop and pee in your garden. Not the kind of fertilizer you were thinking about, but it is their way of laying claim to a part of your yard that is essentially a cat magnet. Some people erect scarecrows in their garden, but even cloth figures fluttering in the breeze donít scare most cats out of the area.
My neighbors arenít quite so enchanted with my barn cats in their gardens, especially when they are pooping and peeing in their garden soil. They want the invasion to stop and the frustration level becomes high at times. Over the years, I have seen my cats being squirted with garden hoses, yelled at and even shot with a paintball gun. Some people just want to scare or hurt the cat which is NEVER a good idea. So how do you stop or deter cats out of a garden without harming them? Here are some tips:
Keeping your cat out of the garden: Cat proof with plants; plants that are known to repel cats.
Other means of keeping cats out of a garden:
Plants that repel cats but should be AVOIDED at all costs as they are toxic:
Other means to deter or stop cats that should be avoided:
One should never consider squirting cats with bleach or ammonia mixed with water. Great harm can come to cat if they are squirted with any type of chemical. If you have to use water, use your hose and spray an arc over the cat (s) not directly at them.
Cats are avid hunters, and gardens attract their prey. It lies within the catís nature to go after that prey whether the rodent or bug is hiding in a row of corn or lying in wait under a tomato plant. Since the soil is rich in scent, it is common for cats to poop in your garden covering these scents. Planting a barrier of protection will stop or repel kitty from using the garden as his private litter box and even venturing in where he isnít wanted. Understanding cat behavior and why they are drawn to the garden helps in planning how to cat-proof your garden discouraging this behavior in a safe and effective manner.