Cats In Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Littleton, CO
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Question by ronmedrano
April 18, 2001
how do you keep cats from using the strawberry garden as a litter box?? i really do not want to "cage" my garden! is there a product that you may know of that will discourage cats from this and will not harm or damage the strawberry garden??? (or any of my other gardens for that matter?)
at wits end,

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2001
You can't blame cats for wanting to dig in fresh, sweet soil, but it can be bothersome to have them digging in your strawberry patch or flower bed. 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.

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