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Thread: What will keep neighbors cats from using bathroom in your flower pots

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMP
    I hate to tell this but we have neighbors that have numerous cats and they destroyed our flower beds, porch furniture cusions, in our garage on our cars when the door was open. We spoke to the cat owners many times and it did no good. DH bought a live trap and when he caught one we would take it to the SPCA and they would contact the owner and they would pay a fine and get the cat back. A few times of doing this they got the message.
    There will always be irresponsible pet owners. The live trap idea is the best one so far...make them pay a fine. This way the animal is not being injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgie Harriott
    Neighbors cats use my flower pots for their bathroom. What can I put in them so they won"t go in my flower pots? I tried black pepper but that didn't work. Any more suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Georgie
    my mother always used a rubber snake...down side is it always scared my GM when she'd walk on the porch :thumbdown:

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    It doesn't bother me, I have cats in the house and feed the ones outside, I never have mice. I heard a noise at the door the other day and when I looked out one of the cats had just caught a mouse and was walking off with her prize, I will continue feeding them. Also, the birds keep the cat dish empty, when the bird feeder runs out, who knew!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    Remember, some cats are pets and they may be someone’s best friend - harming them would be cruel.
    If they are your pet than they should be inside and not messing up other people's property. I do not let my animals roam the neighborhood and do damage to anyone else's property and they should have the same respect. We have a neighbor who has numerous cats that just keep reproducing and they run the neighborhood. We end up with scratches on the car hoods in the winter because of the heat from the engine. I also find it aggravating that I have to worry about whether or not my young daughter will be helping me in the garden and get sick because cats carry some nasty diseases (and yes she wears gloves but who knows).

    I think ultimately it comes down to the owner of the animal being responsible for their pet. If talking to the owner doesn't work than I agree with trapping the animal and taking it to the SPCA.

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    Depending on how big your pots are you can put pine cones in them. Cat's don't like to walk on them.

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    a gun?

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    if you have those horse chestnuts, y'know the ones that have spines all around them? put these in flower pots! I finally stopped the stray cats to stop sleeping in them and using the bathroom. Someone else mentioned cayenne pepper or some hot sauce on the pots...
    the moth balls didn't work for me..And quiltfor me when I discovered that they were toxic I did stop!, oh and by the by, putting mothballs around your house keeps bugs away.

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    anyone have tansy, keeps fleas away too, and rub it on coats of pets too. that will keep fleas off them.

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    I like the Citrus suggestion. i'd rather smell that than mothballs. good idea!
    we put white rocks in our front garden and that did the trick!!

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    You are lucky it is just cats. I have deer. I have given up on trying to grow flowers except on our second floor deck. Flowers of any kind are just deer food. My husband thinks it is entertainment to watch me chase off the deer. Last summer we had orphan twins take to living in our back yard. I have given up. I am letting it go natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
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    Yep! I live in the country where people thing they can drop off cats and dogs. Having a big dog in the yard keeps the cats from coming into the gardens and porch.

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    My mother was having the same problem. We brought her a bag full of pear cactus "paddles" from our ranch. She used a pair of tongs and placed them around her flowers. Not only did the cats stop coming, but the cactus set roots and she now has them growing along with her potted flowers.....I like the chicken wire idea too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    Cayene pepper actually is a very cruel option. If it gets in their eyes it will hurt them badly and they could scratch their own eyes out tryig to get relief. If you research it a bit, you will see that although some suggest it, it can be a very deadly alternative and is not recommended for any animals. Remember, some cats are pets and they may be someone’s best friend - harming them would be cruel.

    Mothballs are also very toxic and when it rains their odor will be very strong and that is all that you will smell. It's not good to have in the soil when they break down.


    The chicken wire is a good alternative. Cats don't like to step on rough substances and their paws can be sensitive. Also after trimming evergreen bushes, roses or some other thorny type plant use the trimmings inside your pots on top of the soil. This will make it unpleasant for them to stand on. Stones and large pieces of rough mulch could also be used.

    As mentioned citrus will also work since cats hate the smell. Sprinkle good-sized pieces of rind over the cats' favorite spots. Keep replenishing them as they will breakdown and add nutrients to the soil.

    There are other herbal alternatives that are nontoxic and there are also commercial products available that will deter them from using your pots. There are also some plants that will deter them - perhaps your local nursery could give you more info on these.
    Very good, humane solution. Thank you for posting it!

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    Anything pricky feeling, cats don't like to walk on it. My friends used, seashells and pinecones. Generally anything you wouldn't want to walk barefoot on. I've also heard they don't like orange peels. Good luck!

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    i have a dog that goes out in the fenced back yard only and a cat that never goes out. i used to have outdoor carpet on my front porch but the neighborhood cats peed all over it and the cat hair was just atrocious. i pulled it up and painted. i decided to do away with a bunch of cats, i got a cage, in all i caught 18 cats and sent them to the pound. i had tried moth balls and they didn't do a thing. the pound even called me back after taking one cat in that it had rabies in case it had bitten me or my dog - fortunately it hadn't. none of those 18 cats had a collar and about half of them were ferral. i still have a problem with a neighbor's many cats, but i just run them off with the water hose or let my dog out to chase them off. my dog is a 9 lb. maltese - as if she could or would hurt them, she just likes to bark them over the fence then strut around. but her and my cat are best of friends. i love animals but get so tired of the irresponsible owners.

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    Lots of black pepper and no it's not cruel to the animal. One sniff it they will leave it alone. It is time for the pet owner take responsibility for his animal.

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    One of my furry Angels used to use a barrel I had a small tree planted in. I placed 4 inch cobbles on the soil and he never bothered it again. The stones also acted as mulch, making the tree happier too!
    He also used to get up on the table occasionally, so I placed orange peels on it...no luck. A squirt bottle worked wonders though! But you have to catch him doing it, and be close enough to use the squirt bottle. It didn't take long before he would run just at the sight of it!!
    My DH peels an orange for an evening snack every night, the cats never move from his lap.

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    I used plastic forks instead of tooth picks then planted some catnip seeds as close to my neighbor's yard and far away from my flower pots and garden area as I could.

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    Our neighbor feeds all of the strays so we have boocoos of cats using our yard. I started spraying lavender (liquid) room freshener on our porch and around our house. I get it at Dollar General. Worked last summer!

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    Prickly pine cones.

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    black pepper a lot of it . They start scratching and then they start sneezing. also good to keep them off your cars

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    Red pepper flakes. They will get the scent, but no risk of a powder in their eyes or nose. Have used it for years & it works every time.

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    I have an outside cat but I provide a cat box in my garage. The owners should take responsibility for their cat. My neighbors all comment on how nice my cat is, and I've asked them if they have ever had her dig around in their flower areas. I do this because I have nice flowers too that I don't want ruined. And I don't want my cat to cause problems for anyone else.

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    Use something that is coarse or ruff to their feet like a Brillo pad or pot scrubbers. Lay a few around the perimeter of the pot. I wouldn't use anything toxic because when you water the plant it will seep into the soil and when the plant pulls up the water it will poison the plant. You want to deter the cats, not kill your plants in the process.

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    SPRAY A CHEEP PERFUME . ALOT OF IT.

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    Put some gravel on top of the dirt. They don't like to dig in gravel. I use it in my indoor pots too.

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