Thursday, June 27, 2013

How to keep cats out of your flower garden

I've become a cat person. We've had our Josie for four years now. She's an older cat who adopted us.

My neighbor is really a cat person. Well, maybe even crazy cat lady. We love her though and all the treasures she brings us.

What we don't love? Her cat Pooh Bear who, after we redid our front garden, decided it was her new litter box.

Josie is allowed to lounge.

There are several home remedies for this.

I tried three. After finding something that worked, I didn't see the point in continuing research. It's sort of like finding your keys in the last place you look...because once you find them, why keep looking?

What didn't work? Citrus peals. The cat tried to eat them. Vinegar also had no impact.

I made D go to the dollar store for a box of moth balls. We tossed a few in the garden...Not near the plants, just along the brick edge and no more kitty poo! In fact, Pooh Bear used to perch on my porch and taunt Josie (she's very territorial) and Pooh Bear pretty much stays away now.

We removed the mothballs after a week and the cat still won't go near the area.

The big downside now?

The cat was eating grass and now I have large clumps of grass to try to kill without killing the rose bushes.

Update 6/30/2013: I have received several emails and comments about the toxicity of moth balls.  I know they are poisonous. Cats and dogs have such sensitive noses they will avoid the area based on the smell and will not get close enough to ingest the moth balls. I did receive one brilliant suggestion to still get the effect of the smell without danger to the animals (or even kids!) Take a small plastic soda bottle and poke several holes in it. Place the moth balls in the bottle and the bottle in the garden. All the smell and the moth balls are cat-proofed.

Others have suggested the use of many hot peppers sprinkled in the area. In any other summer, I would have jumped on this, but this year we have had an unusually high amount of rain. The peppers wouldn't have worked for the same reason my vinegar solution wasn't working: the rain would wash it all away.  Any topical powder application would have to be done after each rain.

At least the hydrangeas look good, right?

My tomatoes are also doing really well.

 My hybrid is a bit out of control. And the heirlooms are finally producing!

So what was the logical thing to do?  Plant more tomatoes! I put in another 6 varieties last week. We should have tomatoes well in to the fall.

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  1. I have heard this works and will have to try it! My 3 cats think my flower bed is there ust for them!

  2. Great tip!!! Thanks so much for linking up at our "The Best Of The Weekend" party!
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    xoxo Claire

  3. You'll be sorry...this insecticide will kill all of the beneficial insects in your garden, especially the honeybees, whose population is already dangerously low :( It will also poison songbirds. Just an all around BAD idea. Try planting marigolds instead, most cats hate the scent.

    1. I wish the marigolds were working. I have them all over and the cats pretty much ignore them. I have been putting the deadhead marigolds in the tomato garden as a natural repellent.

  4. My cats definitely think the flower garden is their litter box. I will have to give this a try.

  5. Lavenders works great on cats. I have tried them and think they are the brilliant and easiest solution on keeping cats away from garden.

    Andrew John


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