The Q&A Archives: Pets on Plants

Question: My cat keeps using this one bed for a litter box, is there anything I can put on it to keep her off?

Answer: You can try putting mulch on the area, like the large pieces of garden bark. Or you can lay crumpled chicken wire on the bed and cut holes to plant it. My favorite method of discouraging cats, though, is to drive stakes around the outside edges of the bed and string fishing line between the stakes. Keep the line about 6 inches above the soil surface and criss-cross the lines so there's less than 12 inches between them. Cats are afraid they'll get trapped in the line and will avoid the bed. Once your cat learns it's uncomfortable to use the bed as a litter box, he or she will find a better place to go.

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