GROW: The Book
I didn't plant any edibles this year because of her. Also, how long before the garden can be planted with edibles after she quits using it for her potty? If ever?
I rescue and take care of wild and ferals in my rural area plus the ever-enlarging quantity of dumped cats by irresponsible owners. Therefore I generally have anywhere up to a dozen cats at a time roaming on my rural property. And yes, you are right, a newly dug up garden bed is heaven to them. So here's a few things I do all the time:
Yes, Laurie is right, I have heard of using rue before also. But since I'm not trying to eliminate my cats from my yard I don't try that method. As for the 40' of window boxes, the Cat Scat Mat is perfect for the boxes. Just cut it to the size you need, with scissors. Lay it on top of your soil and you're done.
Lots of good tips there.
For beds you had just planted seeds, you can lay chicken wire or plastic netting directly on the ground. The cat probably won't bother with it.
There's at least 10 Feral cats in this neighborhood, & because I don't kill them, they have set-up House... in my beautiful windowBoxes... GrGrGRR, sigh. - oh my, how many of these terrific Solutions also succeed in "windowBOXES" ?? of which I have like 40+ feet.
When I lived in the city, I planted rue round the edges of my garden. It is said to repel cats. Afyer planting it, I never noticed cat scat (sounds like jazz, rofl) in my garden, even though I had an unfixed cat indoors & had stray toms coming around outside.
It involves work, but maybe you could try creating a sandbox for the cats to do their business. Any type of sand should work. You would probably want to scoop it periodically.
My younger siblings were never able to play in their sandbox because neighborhood cats were using it, ignoring all the unplanted and planted areas nearby.
Thank you everyone who commented! These sound like some great ideas and I have renewed hope for my future gardens!🙂
Great suggestions! I used bamboo cutlery or sticks. Cats like to scratch and cover up their business. If there are sticks laying in the garden bed while the seeds are growing they won’t scratch it because of the sticks. One can also stand the sticks upright in soil.
Happy growing :)
If you are technically inclined and philosophically in line with some negative reinforcement a motion sensor that turns on a water spray for a minute or less is pretty effective. Likewise if you have space you might dedicate a feral cat friendly area that will keep them away from your plants. e.g. catnip and a lot of loose soil.
No matter what though, take care handling the poop. Its not just pregnant women who are susceptible to the toxoplasma gondii parasite.
There is some surprising research suggesting a link in humans between the parasite and schizophrenia - weird yes. (Parasitol Res. 2017 Jul;116(7):1793-1799. doi: 10.1007/s00436-017-5478-y. Epub 2017 May 15.), conclusive no. Parasites are bizarre -- In the natural cycle the mouse is the intermediate host. The infected mouse suffers cysts in specific areas of the brain that cause the mouse to lose its fear (fear of cats for example) allowing them to be easy prey thus completing the cycle. I probably hijacked this thread - that stuff is fascinating to me.
@jjocean WOW! That's good to know! Thanks!
I have a fenced veg garden that the cats get into by jumping up on 5ft posts and then just jumping down into the garden. here are two methods I use - bird netting which keeps out birds and cats. Grow roses! when you trim them lay the sticks in a zig zag as noted above and the cats wont go near. Now, for the dog....