Cats pooping in the vegetable garden??? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 04-13-2012, 06:50 AM - Thread Starter
vermontgirl's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northern Vermont
Posts: 2,128
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)

Our two young cats seem to think that our garden beds are a litter box. We found poop in it and witnessed both cats popping a squat right in front of us. Disgusting. We haven't planted anything just yet, but I am really frustrated that this has to be an issue. How gross. I want to somehow get them to stop before we have food growing there.


Any ideas?

Joyful mama of 3.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
vermontgirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 5 Old 04-13-2012, 07:47 AM
SweetSilver's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 6,268
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 232 Post(s)

For planting seeds, I have laid chicken wire immediately on top of the beds.  I haven't found a perfect solution for mature plants yet.  You could have a sacrifice bed and plant only ornamentals but I know as soon as a start digging anywhere our 1yo kittens go berserk and roll and jump and dig in the fresh dirt--then poop.  All the excitement makes them do that, apparently.  

"She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in."
SweetSilver is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 04-13-2012, 08:21 AM
LaughingHyena's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 2,609
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)

I know some people cover the area with spiky twigs till the seadlings come though, once the seadlings are big enough you can remove them and the cats shouldn't bother them.


In our case it's the neighbours cats who are the issue so I'm happy to use wide ranging things and keeping them out of the garden entierly. We've had some sucess with the ultra sonic deterant boxes, it kept the cats away and provided it was set in an area we didn't need to go too often the batteries lasted OK..However the post to stake it in the ground was nto that strong and has broken off so I need to find a new way to fix it up.


There are some granuals/gel which we've used in the past to keep cats of certain areas. They end up quite expensive though as you have to replace them quite frequently.



LaughingHyena is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 04-13-2012, 08:27 AM
tooraloora's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 309
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

You could try a cat garden. Pick a spot out of the way and plant a bed of catnip, cat mint, and/or cat thyme, leave a patch of dirt to roll in, and throw in a shaded rest spot. Sometimes an area setup with the stuff they like will make the rest of the garden less appealing.

tooraloora is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 04-13-2012, 09:53 AM
root*children's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: the South-East's Worst Kept Secret
Posts: 2,771
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

Put netting over or around it.

Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids jumpers.gif, living the dream on our urban farm chicken3.gif

root*children is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 20,686

28 members and 20,658 guests
blessedwithboys , Deborah , emmy526 , etsdtm99 , girlspn , happy-mama , hillymum , JElaineB , katelove , kathymuggle , lhargrave89 , LibraSun , Michele123 , Mirzam , MountainMamaGC , mumofacub , NaturallyKait , Raindrop237 , RollerCoasterMama , shantimama , Shmootzi , Skippy918 , sren , thisisit , transpecos , worthy
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.