How do you keep stray cats from using your flower garden as a litter b

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Please help I don't know what to do neighborhood cats are using my flower bed gardens as a litter box any recommendations that really work. I've tried moth balls and they don't help.

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  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 15, 2018
    I have heard that shredded Irish Spring soap is a good and inexpensive deterrent.
  • Rob27789918 Rob27789918 on May 15, 2018
    I place sticks in a pattern in my raised bed and cats stopped digging in there. I use bamboo sticks, as I am always having to thin that and have plenty. Any sticks work. I make a criss cross pattern and it looks planned and decorative, much nicer than kitty tootsie rolls.
  • Brenda Brandt Deason Brenda Brandt Deason on May 15, 2018
    Cats are deterred by textures more than smells. Anything that would be unpleasant to dig through works best. Sharp things like walnut shells are otherwise harmless. I had a cat who was terrified of aluminum foil and used that to my advantage. If you lay it out for a few days, a stray might just move along to another flower bed. Cats have good memories, so a bad experience can often serve as a long-term deterrent. Just make sure they associate the bad experience with your flower bed, and not with you. They will continue when you aren't around otherwise. A bad experience would be a surprise of some kind. If you have a sprinkler you can turn on unseen, that would probably do it. I taught a cat not to jump on the counter by leaving all my forks on the counter overnight. When she jumped up, they startled her. I just had to wash my forks and my counter was cat-free from then on.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on May 15, 2018
    Put a box of moth balls there, scatter them about. They will not intrude. You might have to add another box when that one is gone (evaporated) but eventually they will not want to mark their territory and use your flower garden anymore. They will go elsewhere.
  • Deborah Luchak Nester Deborah Luchak Nester on May 15, 2018
    i have used black pepper and cinnamon mixed together to keep dogs and cats out of my flower/garden beds .
  • Nanade7 Nanade7 on May 15, 2018
    Lightly crush enough egg shells to cover the ground. Cats don’t like stepping on the sharp edges. The crushed shells are also beneficial to your plants.