Repelling Cats from Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Imperial Beach, AL
Question by bobatib
November 7, 1997
How do you keep cats from using the garden soil as their own personal litter pan?


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Answer from NGA
November 7, 1997

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There are three approaches you can take to keeping cats out of your garden: lures, repellents, and barriers. Their fondness for catnip can work to your advantage if you locate a few plants far away from your garden. Cats are repelled by garlic sprays and by a sprinkling of ground black pepper around the perimeter of the garden. You can also try laying a flat section of chicken wire over newly planted beds because cats can't dig through it. By the time your plants have grown big enough to necessitate removal of the chicken wire, hopefully your cats have developed better manners.

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