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Lius
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: CAT's Reply with quote

Hi,

I have my beds prepared and ready for planting at the end of the month and the two cats next door are tearing them up already, I'm dreading what they will do when the plants start comming up. I have a fence around the plot to keep my dog out but the cats can scale the 5ft wall between the houuses with ease.

Any suggestions or ideas which dosent involve felineacide.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see advertisements for electronic gadgets which emit sounds humans can't hear, but which repel animals. Worth investigating?
I once read that old teabags with a couple of drops of Olbas Oil on them keep cats away as they hate the smell. I'm not sure how many of those you would need though!
I've used Eucalyptus essential oil on furniture that my cat started sharpening her claws on, and it worked a treat. She never went near it again. So there may be some value in the Olbas Oil idea.
I think you can also get a gadget that will send out a spray of water when it senses movement....and cats hate water.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Orange peel around the place is said to deter them

2) They don't like wet or even damp soil (sadly slugs do so it's a trade off)

3) Put lengths of holly prunings between your plants (or any other prickly stuff you have)

4) Keep a water pistol to hand & squirt them every chance you get

5) Top your fences off with thin trellis, with holes too small for them to get through (they don't like to walk on wobbly surfaces)

6) If you see them, open your eyes wide & hiss whilst walking towards them (apparently this is cat body langusge for 'puss off'!)

7) Resort to felineacide!

Good Luck

MW

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lius good/funny article on the subject of getting rid of unwanted cats here Cat Repellent/Deterrant, How to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden
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King Carrot
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

first post on here, so hello everyone!

I've used fishing net laid over the bed and just plant in the spaces, other people have already suggested gorse, briars or twigs sticking up,

I actually had one of the buggers crapping in my cloch a few winters ago as the soil was nice and dry - teach me to leave it open a bit!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2 cats were confirmed toilet tray users, until I started gardening. Now, any newly bared soil and they are in. So I am using a mixture of chicken wire and rose bush prunings on my pots, these can come off once the flowers are established. On the veg beds, I am using mulches of cardboard, seaweed, leafmould, etc on bare soil. Then once sprouting has started, I put a layer of seaweed between rows and that frost fleecy stuff over the whole lot. Its a pain, but I'd rather take every precaution!
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