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Author Topic: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants  (Read 20807 times)


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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2007, 06:27:23 PM »
Hi All,
Maby try this one,not joking,we all get those cd on the magazines for free,and the usualy end up in the bin, I tie them on a bit of string and the other end on a smal bamboo cane and let them jingle dangle over the parts of the garden were I dont like birds or cats interfering.
Watch the licht splashing alover a nice area,you have to move them now and then dough.But I do like cats to and dogs also  ;) ;)
keep me up to date please,and pas on the message how to make use of the unwanted CD
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2007, 07:56:59 PM »
Im my garden most use the raised beds but some use the gravel. It's not small gravel either
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2007, 02:09:10 PM »
I'll come clean - I have two cats, used to have three but last one died and, yes I know that they do get other people nerves, garden etc. Mind you I not that fond of these in my garden - other peoples children, sweetie papers, fag ends, urinating over the wall, stealing my plants etc etc
I'm also not impressed by suggestions of lead shot, one of my cats has an air gun pellet behind one ear which has been there for many years - if I every find who did that . . . . 2mm to the left and her skull would have been shattered
The best deterrent I've found is a washing up bottle filled with water and kept by the door into the garden - yes I'll squirt my own cats as well as the others.

The only thing I can't stand is people who have cats who don't get them neutered or spayed - all mine are done that way but the local tom cat who comes inside hasn't been done - if I ever catch him, we're off to the vets!
Rant over, now back to work
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2007, 12:22:26 AM »
While this is not a large scale solution, I always found that the cats were especially attracted to recently prepared seedling beds where I had lined out trillium or anything special in a gritty mix.

Now as a matter of course when I do this I add a few old holly leaves, strange how the local cats have learned to avoid newly dug seedling beds.

An acquaintance of mine had a rabbit problem so went up the food chain a bit!!

« Last Edit: February 01, 2007, 12:24:12 AM by Greenmanplants »
Cheers, John H. Hampshire
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2007, 12:24:17 PM »
A simple but effective remedy, John, knowing how vicious the spines on old holly leaves can be when clearing up around the tree. Ouch!  Handsome rabbit catcher you picture, sitting on the baby iris, are they? I thought at first it was another of Thomas' hats, a real Davey Crockett one this time!
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2007, 10:23:07 PM »
I solved the cat problem by getting a dog, a border collie that can run very fast,result, no more cats. A female dog will not water your plants.

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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2007, 11:19:31 PM »
A dog came into my garden once and stood on one of my orchids.  >:( It hasn't been back!
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Re: How to stop cats 'digging' up your plants
« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2007, 08:36:47 AM »
Our main problem is with a dog also. A neighbour has three spaniels that he walks loose in the field behind the house. Two are OK but the third is uncontrolable and races through gardens with its big feet. The neighbour is an ignorant ****** who just puts two fingers up at us all.
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