How To Keep Cats out of Flower Beds

How To Keep Cats out of Flower Beds

Why, kitty, why? Why do you insist on digging in the flower bed and using it as a litter box?

The unfortunate fact is that our feline friends have no appreciation for our gardens, seeing them only as places to play or do their business. Then we find unpleasant surprises amongst the begonias.

Chase them away with a squirt bottle. Cats dont like getting wet. If you can, spend some time outside and spray cats with a water bottle whenever you see them. They may get the idea after a while.

Step 2

Spread peels of lemon, orange, or grapefruit. For some reason, cats hate the smell of citrus. Spreading orange peels or slices of lemon around your garden may discourage their interest. Drops of citrus oil can also work well.

Step 3

Spread crushed rocks or broken eggshells. This will be unpleasant for cats to walk on.

Step 4

Place fine netting over the soil. You dont want to cover your plants with this netting, but certainly its a good idea to cover the bare patches of soil with it. This will prevent your cats from digging, and they wont like the way it feels under their paws.

Install motionsensitive sprinklers. Again, cats dont like to get wet. If they get a shower every time they go near your flower beds, theyll soon learn to stay away.

Step 6

Install Ultrasonic devices. You wont be able to hear the alarm when it goes off, but the cats sure will. It should sufficiently annoy cats enough to drive them away.

Step 7

Provide another litter box. Cats need to go like anyone else, so consider installing a public restroom just for their use. A Rubbermaid box filled with sand may end up being more attractive than your flower bed. Youll need to empty it out from time to time.

Step 8

Fill the bed with bamboo skewers. Theyre cheap, and if you stick enough of them in your flower bed, the area wont be nearly so inviting to cats.

Step 9

Fill the bed with large, decorative rocks. If the bare spots in your garden bed are all covered with rocks, the cats wont be able to do much. Youll discourage weeds, too.