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Hello all,

I seem to have a cat or cats that visit my garden on regular occasions to use my garden as their toilet. mostly at night i think. Of course at this time of year i have soil exposed,  they are digging up my new growth,and baby plants, i have tried pepper, crushed sliced /garlic,lemon /orange peel and limes, 'Cat off'  lion poo, vinager, plasic rolls of wire, gravel, nothing  seems to work they or it' will find a space. does anyone know if it will harm my plants? and any other ideas would be wonderful i will try anything.image

Thank you



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    I have bought a roll of chicken wire 75cm-ish in width, the type with small holes.  When I sow my seeds I make a sort of a cloche shape out of a length of the chicken wire and place it over the row of seeds fixing it with tent pegs - it keeps the cats off.

    Now that I'm at home in the daytime, if the cats become too much of a nuisance I shall also invest in a high powered water pistol - I shall not hurt the cats - I like them - but I do not want them in my garden any more than I can help. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Jeyes Fluid in small pots works well, cats hate the smell.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    You will find a couple of threads on this very subject............but it can get a bit rude at times.  image

    Everyone seems to have a favourite method dependant upon the time, effort and money they have to expend.

    Best of luckimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Jeyes Fluid can make cats very ill indeed - not recommended to leave it out in uncovered containers in the garden. 


    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    I'd agree with Dove...........in the broadest sense, anything you would not imbibe yourself should not be left available for any wildlife/domestic pets to dip into

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Cat vomit isn't nice either. Better and kinder & more sensible ways than Jeyes. I used to plant catnip, forgotten name, Nepetia ??  in a far corner of the garden, the cats went straight to it and were so "chilled" after rolling on it they didn't want to do anything.

  • We have a cat and the following helps:

    1 Avoid bare soil as much as you can. If need be place old tiles/slates at intervals even if temporarily.

    2 Plant plants close together to avoid bare soil. Avoid digging over soil unless you need to - cats love nothing better than soft freshly turned soil for their ablutions.

    3 As with "dove" - I use wide plastic trellis but secure horizontally to short lengths of cane. The plants grow through it and any obvious sections of exposed mesh can be clipped off later with secateurs or scissors.

    4 Drive many but short lengths of cane into the ground around vulnerable plants/seedbeds. Either place the canes vertically or angle them to cover an extra bit of ground. The plants will soon obscure them and as for the cats - well, you know what Corporal Jones in Dad's Army used to say!

    5  I try to keep an out-of-the way patch turned over in the hope of keeping them off other patches, but then I don't mind doing that too much as it's my own cat that's one of the chief culprits. 

  • Trying soaking old tea bags in Jeyes fluid and disperse around the areas affected - works pretty well. Also spray tea bags with Ralgex.

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    Just put out lots of sticks where soil is bare as Steve has said above. Broken bamboo canes and the like work well. I really do not think that anything else works over time as smells flush away with the rain.

  • Sorry, was told that my tea was ready so had to jump to, and forgot to add another tip!

    Thorny trimmings and prunings e.g. hawthorn, quince or holly are really useful if you have any or can beg them. They are even better than bamboo cane lengths as you will probably find among them small branches with twigs poking out in several directions, and of course they look less obtrusive.


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