Answer: There are several things you can try. There are repellents specifically labeled for cats. Sometimes wetting the mulch a few times to compact it a bit, or changing to a different top layer of mulch material, or covering the soil with tin foil or wire mesh will deter them. Or you can try strewing citrus peels on the soil surface, or poking short sharp sticks into the soil (eg wooden barbecue skewers) or spreading thorny clippings over the surface. You could also talk to your neighbor about keeping the cat indoors, it is safer there for the cat where is is protected from cars and dogs. Finally, once the plants grow and cover the ground the cat will be less likely to visit. I hope this helps.
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