NOT a litter box! - Knowledgebase Question

Sylmar, Ca
Question by maryanntraba
August 11, 2010
My two grandbabies love to help water plants in the garden. The problem is neghborhood cats that use it as a toilet! What can I use to keep them out that's not harmful to toddlers?


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Answer from NGA
August 11, 2010

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You can't blame cats for wanting to dig in fresh, sweet soil, but it can be bothersome to have them digging in your flower beds. Cats are creatures of habit. The key is to break that habit by making their experience in your flower bed an unpleasant one. You can put up a temporary barrier until they learn not to visit your garden, or you can place decorative stone or large pieces of bark over the soil surface between your plants to keep cats from digging. An inexpensive deterrent consists of stakes placed around your flower bed with nylon fishing line strung from stake to stake. Keep the line about 6" above the soil surface and make sure it criss-crosses every 8". Cats entering the bed will quickly exit because they'll be afraid of getting their legs caught. Once the cats associate fear with being near the flower bed, they'll stop visiting. Hope this helps!

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