Cats in Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Leeds, AL
Question by URMQ59A
February 26, 1998
How do I keep cats out of potted plants and flower beds??


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 1998

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Must be some large containers that you're using for potted plants if cats are getting in to them! The best way to deter cats is to put a barrier between them and the soil. The cats will learn quickly and you can remove the barrier in a few weeks. Forflower beds, try crumpled chicken wire over the soil - cats don't like to walk on it. For potted plants, any object that will keep them from digging in the soil will work. Try laying old pantyhose or pieces of nylon netting over the soil. You can string fishing line between stakes around the garden bed, keeping the line 6 inches above the soil surface and criss-crossing the line so there's less than 12 inches between the lines. The cats will eventually learn to visit somewhere else, and you can remove the barriers after a few weeks.

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