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

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    I've had the same problem. Last summer I was using Preen, the week pre-emergent. They don't like it and stay out of the beds. Takes care of the weeds also.

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    I have cats and dogs...when I put seedlings in I stick twigs or sate sticks around about. I then remove them when the plants are bigger. You could also use those decorative garden sticks with the butterflies or whatever on top if you think the sticks are unsightly.

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    Walmart has lavender smelling moth balls. Cost a little more, but worth not having that strong odor!

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    Moth balls and red pepper should help. Red pepper helped keep neighbor hood cats from using my front yard. Good luck!

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    Provide a litter box. They prefer them.

    Plant something stinky. Scented geraniums work here.

    Buy a spray specifically for this purpose.

    Lay a fine garden mesh around the plant.

    There are prong mats made just for this purpose. They don't cause injuries. They just make digging impossible.

    Motion activated sprinklers.

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    Tin foil works great

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    I have gone to the dollar store and bought bags and bags of those little glass globs. I put them around my roses to discourage any kind of digging. Works for me and looks kinda neat.

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    We had a cat that use my inside plants for a litter box. My hubby found a product online I don't remember him telling me the name, but was the scent of coyote and did that work great!

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    A Dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sally's girl
    Try a few moth balls in or around each pot
    I tied some moth balls in panty hose & tied it to the fence where they always went to get to the bird feeder. Well , one day I was watching my birds & here comes a cat & rubs her whole body all over the moth balls. It seemed like she loved to smell like them. I pity the people where she lived. Must have smelled awful. So I gave up that idea. The prickly stuff works best for me.

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    Try the rinds off of oranges.

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    Since cats love soft fluffy dirt, I would suggest you buy a bag of potting soil and spread it thick in a part of your yard that you don't care that much about. Then I would scatter some aquariaum gravel (it comes in pretty colors) over the top of your potted plants.

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    A large pitbull---lol

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    Snow. I have lots you can borrow.

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    i seemed to have one or two try it in my garden every year after i plant it. i go to the store and get the cheapest and hottest hot sauce and kinda put it where they do their business. it seems to help a little

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    you can also use live mouse traps---the sticky kind

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Moth balls are toxic. Other solutions include the following:

    Mix the following together and sprinkle where ever you wish to repel cats. Reapply after rain.
    2 parts cayenne pepper
    3 parts dry mustard
    5 parts flour

    Any citrus peel on top of the soil will repel cats. Things that keep them from digging such as pine cones, aluminum foil, screen, stones, etc will also keep them from going potty in your pots. ;)
    I agree about moth balls being toxic - I work for a man once that threw them out in a dropped ceiling to get rid of birds - he almost put my in the hospital.

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    I don't have a problem with flower pots - thank goodness BUT the neighbor's cats (yes, there are several cats) seem to like my veggie garden. Not a nice thought. And ya know, I even walked over, real neighborly like and tried to make nice. The door was closed in my face. I was the good neighbor and just walked away. Why is it, that some folks can't take care of their animals AND don't give me that story about cats are like wild animals. Just take care of what belongs to you. Thanks to all for letting me vent!!!

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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
    I have no suggestions, but do advise not getting a basenji or a comfortable pot (it also does no good to rely on the other dogs to alert anyone to what has occurred):

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    try vinegar---cats hate it

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    Black pepper will do the trick.... Only takes once and they find a new potty place.

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    The ones I feed outside are not mine they are the neighbors cats, but because they mouse I feed them, also they arent skinny anymore

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    My daughter puts plastic forks in hers with the tines sticking up.

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