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Laura26

06:53PM | 04/16/04
Member Since: 04/15/04
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Does anyone have any idea on how to keep stray/neighbors' cats out of my flower beds and mulch? We have tried numerous remedies that we have heard about: moth balls, pepper flakes, coyote urine....nothing has discouraged them from returning. Fencing is not appropriate since I'm refering to the front bed around my porch. (Real inviting to visitors during warm weather months--very emabarassing to me!)

Spring is here, the warm weather is approaching, and the stench is horrible once again. Need a real remedy--it is a real nuisance!

Thank you.

KANIMALHOUSE

11:11AM | 05/05/04
Member Since: 10/08/03
36 lifetime posts
Are they using it as a litter box, or just marking their territory with urine? What type of mulch do you use, and what type of plants have you planted? No catmint or catnip I hope.

Anonymous

08:12AM | 05/07/04
Try laying chicken wire on the surface of the bed. You can cut holes in the chicken wire for the plants, or sow seends directly through the wire. The cats want to scrape and dig the dirt, and the wire hinders that. The wire will settle into the surface of the dirt so you won't see it, or you can cover it with mulch.

I have also used black plastic sheet mulch (weed barrier) covered with decorative bark, with holes cut for the plants . The larger the bark the better.

Good luck!

Tracy

Tmurphy

08:16AM | 05/07/04
Member Since: 12/25/02
18 lifetime posts
I just tried to post this- and it didn't seem to got hrough. Sorry if this ends up being a repeat!

For cats using your beds for litter boxes:

Try laying chicken wire on the surface of the flower beds. You can cut holes for the plants, or sow seeds through the wire. the wire will settle into the surface of the soil so you won't see it, or you can cover it with mulch. the wire prevents the cats from digging in the soil.

I have also used black platic weed barrier/mulch, with holes cut for the plants, and covered with larger decorative bark. The larger the bark the better.

Tracy
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