Here are 10 Tips To Keep Cats Out Of Your Garden I am sharing today. The reason I am sharing these tips today is that I have had a cat visitor for about six months now. I first discovered that my 18-inch diameter flower pot in my front yard had dirt piled up on one side. At first, I thought to myself wow…the wind must have been really strong to blow the mulch around.
We have had this house since 2005 and this is the first time we have had a cat do his daily duty in our flower pots. At first, I thought NO that cannot be what I think it is. YES, it is cat poo! I know it is cat poo because you can see how the cat has tried to “cover” it with its paws. Well, I covered the flower pot with a plastic bag held down with large rocks to keep the cat out of the pot.
Okay, now I am on the computer looking up the bacteria from a cat’s feces. Here is what I read. Oh my goodness, cats can carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. The symptoms are flu-like and can last for months, or even longer. Some of the articles I read mentioned only about one percent of cats will carry the parasite.
So I am thinking only one percent….well there are 25 to 60 million cats roaming….one percent of that amount is still a lot to me. You can see why I want to keep cats out of my flower beds. I do wear gloves when I work in the dirt. But it is not a pleasant experience working the dirt now.
So now I go in the back yard where my raised gardens are…they are 18 inches off the ground. My yard is fenced with a block wall. I looked in my raised gardens and lo and behold….cat poo. Don’t get me wrong, cats are loving and wonderful pets. But not in my yard. Where has this animal come from….indoor cats are not as likely to pick and spread this parasite because in most cases they seldom go outside and roam the neighborhood.
You need to wash your hands after cleaning out any litter box. I am not saying trade your cat for a dog. Some diseases that might possibly be related to the parasite are deafness, retinal damage, brain cancer, depression and several other medical issues. This is why I am concerned because I have built my garden beds to be organic without bacteria or insecticides.
Here are 10 Tips To Keep Cats Out Of Your Garden:
1. Cover the loose dirt with chicken wire-cats like to be able to scratch and cover their poo-chicken wire stops this
2. Spread black pepper on the loose dirt-cats hopefully will not like the smell coming from the dirt and will leave the area
3. Shake cayenne pepper over the garden bed-cats do not like the smell of cayenne pepper-hopefully they will remember this area as one they will not return to
4. Place plastic webbing to keep the dirt from being scratched by a cat to cover the feces
5. Place bags held down with rocks to hold the bags in place
6. Place plastic silverware strategically to deter the cat from entering the garden area
7. Place PVC pipes strategically to deter the cats from entering the dirt where the garden is
8. Place pine cones around the garden bed borders to keep the cats out
9. Plant lavender-evidently cats hate lavender
10. Tip: “plant” some popsicle sticks to deter them
****Update: someone told me to try coffee grinds from a local coffee shop (FREE)…they work! No more cats! Plus it is a good fertilizer!
I hope these 10 tips to keep the cats out of your garden help you. I tried to use the ones that had zero chemicals to harm the cat or cats. If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them…here is to clean gardening.