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Old 11-03-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Cats and Gardens

Ok so I tried to grow some stuff this year and the cats ate ir or wrecked it all!

How do we avoid this happening? Any tips?

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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I haven't had the problem. No outside kitties, but I've heard that if you sprinkle a goodly amount of cayenne pepper around the area that is being trashed, the cats will leave it alone. Beyond that, I don't have any other suggestions.

I'm sure there will be others here who can provide more information. The answers will come.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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Hi Katie - that in itself is helpful thanks I am going to try again soon you see but want to be better prepared this time!
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
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Good luck. If cat wants in, cat will get in, unless you fence it over, or plant stuff
they don't want.

Was this indoors or outdoors? Did the cats eat the plants or use the garden as a
toilet? Are you sure it was cats?
Possibly if you can catch them in the act, you can convince them to go elsewhere by using a water hose or other scary methods!
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Old 11-03-2009, 01:56 PM   #5
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I agree with GrillingFool...cats are VERY determined once they get something in their mind. A fence that is tall and has very small gaps between each post will be the best option if outdoors. For indoors, the only thing I can think of aside from the pepper trick, is to put your plants in a room that has adequate sun and shade and do not let the cats in there. Good luck!!
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:11 PM   #6
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I caged my plants in completely. I have 4 outside kitties and they are into everything and anything.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:13 PM   #7
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I heard if you put moth balls in the in the garden cats stay out, never tried it though.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:53 AM   #8
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There are water sprinklers that are motion activated--bet that would work for cats!
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There are water sprinklers that are motion activated--bet that would work for cats!
Oh I love this idea. It would work beautifully.

FuzzyB, are you SURE it was cats? We have a plethora of the outdoor variety around here and they don't disturb any gardens to the point of ruin that I have seen. The exception would be if you planted any form of mint. However, even my mint bed goes unmolested.

I have heard cats dislike marigolds and will avoid a bed that is surrounded with them. You could try that.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:19 AM   #10
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I has some herbs, mint, parsley, corriander and rosemary and yes unfortunately I know it was them as they have eaten these things when I have had them inside before! I have weird cats lol!

One in particular goes nuts over parley and mint the weirdo! LOL!

I think I will try fencing off an area of the garden or something and keeping is specifically for growing stuff and see what happens from there onwards!

Thanks for all the info guys :)
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