Friday, June 29, 2007

That darn cat, again

I weeded my gardens last night, finally. The grass was trying to re-take the large garden. The two flower gardens were not too bad. But there are many gaps in the lines of corn, beans, peas, etc. The neighbor cat is in the garden several times a day digging potty holes and digging out my little vegetable plants. He always picks a different spot to dig, too! Any suggestions about how to scare him off permanently? (without antagonizing the neighbors--they are nice, otherwise).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, in Japan they usually line the garden with water filled pet bottles (you know the liter bottles of pepsi etc...?). they say that the glare of the sunlight off the pet bottles frightens the cats...I don't think it works sh*t... Geez... try getting a dog?
I'm obviously not being very helpful am I?

6:34 AM  
Blogger PBS said...

That has given me an idea, thanks JYankee! I'm going to put stakes with string across the garden. The cat won't like that and it MIGHT discourage him.

6:54 AM  
Blogger ordinarygirl said...

You could try putting something that smells unappealing to the cat in the garden, like citrus or dog urine. Strong citrus smells are supposed to be somewhat of a repellent, but I'm not sure how much you'd need.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Here's an article with a few ideas...

Keep us posted! :)

8:13 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I have never had trouble with cats in our vegetable or herb gardens, just in Liv's sandbox. I sprayed some stuff called "Fooey" (I bought it at the local garden store) around the sandbox and it worked marginally.

I will tell you what I did to protect my gardens this year, at the risk of you thinking I am a total nutjob...

I have a friend who practices wiccan. I asked her to come over and do a few protecting spells. I figured it couldn't hurt, might help. I had TERRIBLE problems with rabbits last year and they are still prevalent. garden has been completely untouched this year and we've already had some tomatoes, peppers, peas, and lettuce come up beautifully.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

And this is why I'm not a cat lover..Ugh.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

I'm with Heidi. I borrowed a friend's BB gun. I used it twice in the spring and so far, my garden's been feline free. Good luck!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I read somewhere else that a liberal spraying of vinegar will stop them. Dunno if it works yet, will let you know once I can get back in the garden after the rain stops!

I bought some stuff called "Skunk Shot" from a garden store several years ago, it stand to high heave and the garden was untouched for several weeks. Then I had to use it again. Pepper apparently is another useful one.

I'm off to check out the website PQ recommended!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

We used to have a life-sized metal cat with glass marbles for eyes---it sat in the front garden and kept birds and cats out---actually it probably kept our frends out too. It looked pretty scary because the eyes were fixed through the middle and could move when the wind blew.

Good to catch up with you.

5:50 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Too bad you son took your little doggie!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Mike M said...

Great blog! I will be back for more!!


8:23 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Try moth balls or cheyanne pepper, it works with squrrels

2:19 PM  

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