How can I keep cats from using my flower bed for their bathroom?

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 02, 2017
    That's frustrating! You can put pieces of aluminum foil or jagged rocks, you can also sprinkle citrus peels. Cats like none of these- good luck!

  • Shoshana Hoffman Shoshana Hoffman on Mar 02, 2017
    Lavender and curry have strong smells that cats don't like. If you plant those among/near your garden it should keep the cats away.

  • Sherri Sherri on Mar 02, 2017
    bury some fine chicken wire just under the dirt..

  • Jen Jen on Mar 02, 2017
    Cayenne pepper! Sprinkle it everywhere...only downside is when it rains you have to redo. But they hate it!

    • Frances Grant Campbell Frances Grant Campbell on Mar 04, 2017
      I use the Cayenne pepper all the time to keep the cats out of the flower beds and also keeps the squirrels out of the trees! You do have to re-do after rain though. I buy large bottle of the Cayenne pepper from the Dollar Tree store, worth every penny of the dollar!

  • Jke9247132 Jke9247132 on Mar 02, 2017
    A thought. Thank you

  • Jke9247132 Jke9247132 on Mar 02, 2017
    great! Rain is somewhat scarce around here, so I will try this. Thanks

  • Maryann Mowery Maryann Mowery on Mar 03, 2017
    Try mothballs, will keep cats out of flowers. Can't use them in veggie gardens.

  • Jke9247132 Jke9247132 on Mar 03, 2017
    I heard about this, but I didn't know about the smell of the mothballs.

  • Candee Hart Read Candee Hart Read on Mar 04, 2017
    I use old coffee grounds plus it's good for the plants and soil.


  • Jke9247132 Jke9247132 on Mar 04, 2017
    Great idea

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 04, 2017
    Do not use moth balls. Citrus peels work along with plastic forks with the prongs facing upward and any plants with strong odors.

  • Virginia Prestridge Virginia Prestridge on Mar 04, 2017
    CHICKEN WIRE KEEPS THEM FROM DIGGING

  • Sally Davis Sally Davis on Mar 04, 2017
    ,moth balls

  • Susan Axsom Curtis Susan Axsom Curtis on Mar 05, 2017
    The cats do not like to walk on chicken wire if you place it on top of the soil.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Mar 06, 2017
    If you know the owners be sure to discuss the situation with them. Years ago my cats were using the neighbor's back yard (new neighborhood and they didn't put in grass). My cats started disappearing, one each Saturday. I was heartbroken... Years later I heard what was happening, and if the neighbors had discussed this with me I would have built a wonderful outdoor litter box, especially if it would have prevented the loss of my cats. 15 years later I still mourn them.

  • Jke9247132 Jke9247132 on Mar 06, 2017
    some are homeless, others the homeowners just let them roam

  • Dtc13128043 Dtc13128043 on Mar 06, 2017
    You can put moth balls inside plastic jar screw on lid lay on side & punch holes in side that's up safe from pets but let's smell out & rain doesn't melt them.

  • Chabella Chabella on Mar 06, 2017
    Nurseries sell bags of cocoa shells. I used this spread around my flower beds and had not one more cat in my garden! The shells are rough on their little paws so they don't like to walk on it and the odor is a deterrent. Because they are organic, they break down and nourish the soIl. Win-win-win all around!

  • Janis K Harrison Janis K Harrison on Mar 06, 2017
    Top your bed(s) with pebbles about 1" or so in diameter. You can rake them aside to weed or replant, then rake them over again. Cocoa shells or coffee shells work, too.