The Q&A Archives: Cats!

Question: I recently created 2 5'x8' raised planting beds for my vegetables. Unfortunately my neighbors cat seems to think that its a new giant litter box!!! We caught the little bastard in the act of excreteing and then digging to cover it up! What deterents can I use to keep them away? I am now trying Bobex, a rabbit and animal repellant that is all natural. Got any better ideas, other than a shotgun?

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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