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Keeping cat out of flowers???

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I will be setting out my begonias soon and I am afraid our cat will be walking and laying in them. Is there anything I can put around them that would discourage the cat to stay away??

Thank you.

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noseycat1335476117.033233 PostsRegistered 7/1/2007

I meant encourage the cat to stay away. sorry :-(

mysterylady1335476824.61720 PostsRegistered 8/23/2009

Can't guarantee this will work but I've used deer repellent to keep rabbits from one of my shrubs and a rose. It smells pretty bad when it's first applied but that dissipates quickly. It must be reapplied on new growth but that's easy because it's a spray. I bought it at Agway but have seen it at Lowes. Worth a try.

Edited to say: Sorry, couldn't say the kind of plant a rose grows on?????

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noseycat1335476914.28233 PostsRegistered 7/1/2007

Thank you.

JustJazzmom1335478497.17327808 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!
On 4/26/2012 noseycat said:

I meant encourage the cat to stay away. sorry :-(

Do you have any prickly shrubs like hollies or barberry or roses? You could prune a few off and lay the stems around the begonias as animals do not like walking on sharp edges.

☼The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. GBShaw☼

celebration1335498829.963717 PostsRegistered 11/8/2006rochester hills, mi & celebration, fl
On 4/26/2012 mysterylady said:

Can't guarantee this will work but I've used deer repellent to keep rabbits from one of my shrubs and a rose. It smells pretty bad when it's first applied but that dissipates quickly. It must be reapplied on new growth but that's easy because it's a spray. I bought it at Agway but have seen it at Lowes. Worth a try.

Edited to say: Sorry, couldn't say the kind of plant a rose grows on?????

Last edited on 4/26/2012

mysterylady,

Yes, b*sh is one of the words we are not "allowed" to say. I am not sure if it is political (as in former President) or se*ual (as in...well, you know!){#emotions_dlg.blush}

"Women always try to tame themselves as they get older, but the ones who look best are often a little wilder."

Miuccia Prada

Desertdi1335499729.87715823 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Discourage a cat ??????

mistriTsqu­irrel1335501602.49710639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA
On 4/26/2012 mysterylady said:

Can't guarantee this will work but I've used deer repellent to keep rabbits from one of my shrubs and a rose. It smells pretty bad when it's first applied but that dissipates quickly. It must be reapplied on new growth but that's easy because it's a spray. I bought it at Agway but have seen it at Lowes. Worth a try.

Edited to say: Sorry, couldn't say the kind of plant a rose grows on?????

Last edited on 4/26/2012

No joke. When you first spray, it smells like...decomposition...and poo... If your cat goes in the bushes after you spray this stuff, you'll know. And he will be homeless for awhile.

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mistriTsqu­irrel1335501790.2310639 PostsRegistered 7/17/2010Purgatory, USA
On 4/26/2012 Desertdi said:

Discourage a cat ??????

Let not any cat be discouraged!!

These cats today need all of the encouragement they can get, or they'll become lazy deadbeats.

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JustJazzmom1335529595.58727808 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!
On 4/26/2012 celebration said:
On 4/26/2012 mysterylady said:

Can't guarantee this will work but I've used deer repellent to keep rabbits from one of my shrubs and a rose. It smells pretty bad when it's first applied but that dissipates quickly. It must be reapplied on new growth but that's easy because it's a spray. I bought it at Agway but have seen it at Lowes. Worth a try.

Edited to say: Sorry, couldn't say the kind of plant a rose grows on?????

Last edited on 4/26/2012

mysterylady,

Yes, b*sh is one of the words we are not "allowed" to say. I am not sure if it is political (as in former President) or se*ual (as in...well, you know!){#emotions_dlg.blush}

The webbies banned that word because of the heated arguments during the last presidential campaign waged on Viewpoints!

☼The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. GBShaw☼

celebration1335582759.747717 PostsRegistered 11/8/2006rochester hills, mi & celebration, fl
On 4/27/2012 JustJazzmom said:
On 4/26/2012 celebration said:
On 4/26/2012 mysterylady said:

Can't guarantee this will work but I've used deer repellent to keep rabbits from one of my shrubs and a rose. It smells pretty bad when it's first applied but that dissipates quickly. It must be reapplied on new growth but that's easy because it's a spray. I bought it at Agway but have seen it at Lowes. Worth a try.

Edited to say: Sorry, couldn't say the kind of plant a rose grows on?????

Last edited on 4/26/2012

JustJazzmom -

Well, if they think the last election was bad....just wait!

mysterylady,

Yes, b*sh is one of the words we are not "allowed" to say. I am not sure if it is political (as in former President) or se*ual (as in...well, you know!){#emotions_dlg.blush}

The webbies banned that word because of the heated arguments during the last presidential campaign waged on Viewpoints!

"Women always try to tame themselves as they get older, but the ones who look best are often a little wilder."

Miuccia Prada

jetts_mom1335584506.062637 PostsRegistered 4/14/2010

For inside plants I've used black pepper in the soil. Something that I found recommended many years ago, and it worked. The cats didn't like the smell, it made them sneeze, but otherwise is not harmful to them. Outside though, it be a lotta pepper!

You were born an original - don't die a copy.

runningdeer1335614862.57787 PostsRegistered 8/15/2010Michigan

I heard someone once say that mothballs would work if you spread them in your garden but I would think they would be toxic to pets so in my opinion those wouldn't be an option. However, I had a cat in the neighborhood that was pooping in my front flowerbed. Frustrating to say the least. Especially when you are weeding and come up with a handful of poop. lol Possibly laying down some chicken wire and covering it with a small amount of topsoil or dirt to hide it may discourage kitty from going there and digging and laying around. I haven't tried it because I'm lazy but it sounds like a safer, non-smelly way. Good luck. Just watch for sharp edges. I would shove those parts way down in the ground.

EileenM1336750462.0678 PostsRegistered 8/5/2005Albany, NY

What has worked for me (and I think I read it on these boards) was to take plastic forks and stick them in the ground with the pronges up. I used clear forks and you bearly can see them. It has kept most critters from doing their business and/or digging up my plants and bulbs in my flower gardens.

JESSA1336752078.7232313 PostsRegistered 12/18/2010

My grandmother used to sprinkle pepper around her flowers and plants to keep cats away.

StellaDiva1336756385.6431134 PostsRegistered 10/15/2011

You can try a homemade spray using tabasco or other hot pepper sauce and water which will also discourage bugs.

glb6131336763400.5910949 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I want cats in my gardens. At least I want them walking through. Their presence helps keep the rabbits away.

vancouverU­SAgal1336764018.923838 PostsRegistered 8/19/2010

I've used mothballs to stop them using my flower beds as their litter box. I didn't see any other creatures dropping dead out there so I don't think it's a problem to other animals. I love cats but if it's a flower bed I re-plant often, I don't want to be digging among their deposits.

Mojoguy1336775327.33713 PostsRegistered 4/17/2010

Never heard about putting forks with prongs facing up. I'm going to try that cause there are 2-3 feral (SP?) cats in my neighborhood that are like zombies and don't move about until late night and they create havoc with everyone's garden, be it vegetable or flowers. Thanks

Pixie Jo1336776136.0673511 PostsRegistered 7/4/2009

How about getting him his own hammock?

Pixie Jo

BonnieBelle1336776738.6619339 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

Sorry to say nothing works. I've tried everything to keep out cats and deer, even the most expensive stuff with coyote pee in it.

momcl1336778843.913107 PostsRegistered 5/26/2006
On 5/11/2012 BonnieBelle said:

Sorry to say nothing works. I've tried everything to keep out cats and deer, even the most expensive stuff with coyote pee in it.

I would hate to have the job of collecting coyote pee!

Shaunac1336779260.433015 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

Use lemon or orange peels.

Never use moth balls, they are toxic.

Shauna

luvmymutt1336787742.77652 PostsRegistered 3/31/2011

I used to use Liquid Fence for cats & dogs, but the only bad thing about it was that you have to reapply it often and it had a urine smell to it. Since I would have my windows open in the spring/summertime I didnt care to smell it when the wind blew!!! Since the cats seemed to love using my mulch as their litter box and I was sick of scooping their mess up when I worked in my flowerbeds, we finally removed all our mulch and replaced it with small colored stones. It was alot of work but well worth it. The cats no longer find my flowerbeds appealing!!!

Missey11336789359.6933174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA

The only thing that works is a dog. I can't grow anything that deer, rabbit will eat. And I don't have a dog.

I do have a stupid question. Don't know about urine, but could cat feces be your fertilizer?

googleme1336911464.462830 PostsRegistered 3/20/2012

Please don't use moth balls.

They are toxic.

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