The Q&A Archives: Deterring Cats from Flower Beds

Question: What do you recommend to keep our cats from using our flower beds as a litter box? We have tried two commercial remedies, with no results. Debbie Kovacevich Jewett, TX

Answer: There are no sure-fire ways to keep cats out of the garden--to them, it's just one big litterbox! Here are a few things to consider trying: Sprinkle black pepper or hot pepper around plants. Lay a flat section of chicken-wire over newly-planted beds--the cats can't dig through the wire. (You'll need to pull it up before the plants get too big and start growing through it.) A bed of catnip planted in another area might lure them away--just be sure the plants are a good size before setting them out, or the cats may destroy them. You can always use fencing--a 3-foot high chicken-wire or mesh fence should deter them. (Use posts they can't climb, like metal or PVC.)

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