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Cats in the Garden

To us, a garden looks like a place to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labors, whether those be edible or ornamental plants. To a neighbor’s outdoor pet or feral cat, a dirt garden bed looks like a giant litter box. Here are some ideas to keep cats from leaving surprises in your garden.

To us, a garden looks like a place to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labors, whether those be edible or ornamental plants. To a neighbor’s outdoor pet or feral cat, a dirt garden bed looks like a giant litter box. Here are some ideas to keep cats from leaving surprises in your garden.

 

Cats wander into the garden because they’re curious. Once they find it to be a shady, comfortable place to stay, they’ll keep coming back. And once they’re there, digging is a natural instinct. Try these tips from Alley Cat Allies to keep the strays at bay:

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  • Use scent. Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray citrus-scented fragrances. Oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, and eucalyptus deter cats.
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  • Plant rue. This evergreen herb repels cats. You can also sprinkle dried rue over the garden.
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  • Keep it covered. Cover exposed ground in flower beds with large, attractive river rocks to prevent cats from digging. (They have the added benefit of deterring weeds.)

If you don’t mind cats in your yard but you just don’t want them in the garden, provide a sandy corner litter box away from the garden.

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