Daylilies forum: Flower bed = litter box

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Name: Catherine Moll
Ga. (Zone 8b)
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dixiebelle426
Feb 1, 2018 2:39 PM CST
The other night I notice cats using my flower bed ( pine straw) as a litter box, so I decided to remove the straw from it, this is the bed I planted a few hundred day lilies in last year, I have maybe 6 still in there. I am about to start planting my seedlings, but I need a way to keep cats out of it, that won't harm them. The only thing I can find online is cinnamon, red peppers, garlic, peppermint oil, and use mulch, can anyone tell me if this will work, I will not use red peppers, I am scared that might hurt the cats. If anyone has had this problem and cured it, please let me know.
Thanks in advance.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Feb 1, 2018 3:24 PM CST
How big is the bed?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 1, 2018 3:40 PM CST
I see so many photos of cats in daylily gardens, it seems nearly all daylily garden videos have cats being petted and pampered as they roam though the plants. So I wonder just how much harm they do? I have cats on both sides of me and I have not noticed much damage ever caused by them. Wild critters on the other hand, things like armadillos, possums, raccoons and deer can cause a lot of damage.
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Raven
Feb 1, 2018 3:57 PM CST
I have a cat and she wanders around my daylilies often laying in the cool shade of leaves in the summer. I have not noticed any damage to mature plants. However, there have been times when I wanted her to stay away from small plants. What worked for me was to poke small branches upright spaced out among my plants to prevent her from being comfortable in that area. No harm to her though. Another thing I did last year was place pieces of that low garden edging one buys at the $ store randomly at different angles in one of my beds. It worked too. She just went somewhere else. Good luck.
Name: Catherine Moll
Ga. (Zone 8b)
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dixiebelle426
Feb 1, 2018 5:05 PM CST
It's hard to work in a flower bed with lots of poop in it Rolling on the floor laughing I am hoping by removing the straw that will help, I am gonna be planting seedlings soon, and would rather not have them eat, or hurt them. It is 14ft by 14ft a big square, I have 2 about that size. I am sure it is good fertilizer, but I rather not sit in it either.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Feb 1, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Maybe try spraying with some commercial cat repellent:
I think they make even a sprinkler head, similar to deer repellant automatic sprinklers, but for cats.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Feb 1, 2018 6:16 PM CST
I usually cover my newly planted daylilies with plastic bird mesh. My problem is deer, not cats, but it would work for cats, too.

Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Feb 1, 2018 7:30 PM CST
Critter Ridder or a similar product.

Cats can hurt daylilies! Every year strays trample several daylilies in my garden & they don't bloom. Or they knock scapes/buds off. Kittens are the worst! They aren't really trying to hurt the plants but if they start chasing something they don't care what is in the way! And once fans are knocked over they use the area as a place to take a nap.

Well fed housecats typically don't do this unless they are chasing squirrels or something.
Name: Ep
Lebanon mo (Zone 5a)
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Feb 1, 2018 10:40 PM CST
I have a stray cat,very nice looking one, who is pooping in my daylily bed also. It has dug up several other flowers as well. I have tried various spices but nothing seems to help.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Feb 2, 2018 5:36 AM CST
Critter Ridder or a similar product.

Cats can hurt daylilies! Every year strays trample several daylilies in my garden & they don't bloom. Or they knock scapes/buds off. Kittens are the worst! They aren't really trying to hurt the plants but if they start chasing something they don't care what is in the way! And once fans are knocked over they use the area as a place to take a nap.

Well fed housecats typically don't do this unless they are chasing squirrels or something.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 2, 2018 8:13 AM CST
Had a small area that some cats were using, just stuck some sticks in the soil that stuck up 3-4 inches. No more problems
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Name: Catherine Moll
Ga. (Zone 8b)
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dixiebelle426
Feb 2, 2018 2:30 PM CST
My cats are very well fed, but some are feral, or were feral when I got them. They are all hunters, and the birds love my front yard, where my plants are also.
Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Feb 2, 2018 3:08 PM CST
dixiebelle426 said:My cats are very well fed, but some are feral, or were feral when I got them. They are all hunters, and the birds love my front yard, where my plants are also.


Feral cats are an ecological disaster.

If they work at all, I'm pretty sure that pepper solutions will only "hurt" the cats once. They'll avoid the area for a long time thereafter.

Litter from carnivores is not good fertilizer. It's rank, and can carry zoonotic diseases and parasites. One notable example being Toxoplasma gondii, not to mention a range of worms.

Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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judydu2
Feb 2, 2018 9:44 PM CST
There's nothing like sticking your hand in a pile of cat crap when pulling weeds.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Feb 3, 2018 8:02 AM CST
My cat does not put her delicate paws outdoors in winter, but in summer she enjoys going out. I put a Birdsbesafe collar on her, and they work. She has not caught a bird since wearing it, but she still catches rodents. She also leaves my gardens alone. All good!

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