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QUESTION: How to keep cats out of raised bed garden

comments (12) March 20th, 2010

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Hi all,

Husband and I just built us a beautiful 4 x 8 raised bed garden from an idea out of this site. My concern now is the 3 cats that my neighbor has. They roam all about in my yard and have already "tested" my garden. I want to keep them out without any drastic changes to the bed.  Any ideas? 

Thanks for any help that can be given.



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2hawks writes: Dog scent around the beds should work, as does fox urine sold as a repellent. Just make sure you only spray it on the outside of the wood of your raised bed and on the ground around it, not in the soil. Here's another solution:
I have not tried it but it sounds like it has all the right features. It has a motion detector that emits an ultrasonic frequency that startles the cats and is unpleasant. It claims to not bother birds and is undetectable to humans. It's close to $50 but if it truly works it seems like a good investment.
Posted: 1:32 pm on March 13th
PeoCoMG writes: I use pruned branches from my Barberry Shrub. Lay the branches (or pin them in place) in the garden. Cats like to dig but will not do so due to the stickers on the branches.
Posted: 2:09 pm on February 12th
Elsita writes: Some cats and some dogs dislike the smell of moth balls. If conveniently hidden under a flat stone or brick, birds will not eat them (and be hurt)but the smell keeps some cats and some dogs away from vegetables and flower beds.
Also a good sprinkle of pepper will help.
Dogs MUST be kept away from vegetables because of serious disease that can affect humans (quistes hidatidicos in Spanish, don´t know the english name for this). Cats also because of risk of toxoplasmosis; but admitedly cats are very difficult to keep away if they want to get in.
Posted: 8:55 am on February 29th
wildernessny writes: Last fall when I planted my garlic in the raised bed I did lay a piece of chicken wire over the top but come spring I removed it cultivated the soil and planted my onion plants in the rest of the bed. I need to be able to weed and cultivate the soil to keep it loose for the onions to grow so I just put a little chicken wire fence around it and no more litter box activity all summer.
Posted: 9:03 am on July 24th
DKB writes: I purchased some of the scat mats from Gardeners Supply. They have plastic spikes that stick up from the soil. It is best to anchor them with earth staples or make some staples from coat hangers. They do work well but are expensive.
Posted: 9:51 am on July 20th
mzsally writes: I used chicken wire last year - worked great, but they do sometimes crawl under if it's not secured. In my raised bed, I cut it with wire cutters large enough to bend the ends down a bit into the wooden sides. I also cut slits from the sides to wrap it around already growing plants. If planting after the wire is laid, cut a hole just big enough to insert your plant (or seeds) It was time consuming, but WELL WORTH the effort as that entirely ended the problem. If you remove them at the end of a growing season, it's not too hard to put them back. Make a map of your raised beds & number your beds. Then loop masking tape on your chicken wire with the bed number on the little masking tape tab you just made. Also, be sure to wear glove, jeans, and long sleeve shirts as chicken wire scratches you quickly.
Posted: 6:06 pm on May 2nd
Ruth writes: Elizabeth, you'll find another response here:
Posted: 9:14 am on April 23rd
westlandgardener writes: I have used pine needles/branches scattered in the soil on indoor plants to keep my 3 cats out of my larger pots. Works right away, and they never return. I am trying it for the first time in a raised bed this year. I don't think the results will be any different. They get poked by the needles, and say, "ya that hurt. Guess I won't go back there.'.
Posted: 5:59 am on April 5th
zuccmelissa writes: Thank you for posting this question! I have the same problem, and some of the feral ones don't even bother burying their handiwork. I have been trying coffee grounds, with very limited success, and bird netting, which is a bit more flexible than chicken wire. But I think I'm going to use chicken wire next.

I also saw a neighbor of mine use old BBQ and oven grates, which was an easy addition and geometrically pleasing -- so keep those eyes peeled at thrift stores and g-sales!
Posted: 5:58 pm on March 29th
nancynursez637 writes: Mouse traps...............with just a little cheese on them, allow the cat to get close enough to set it off, but they do not get caught in it. At least taht has worked for me. I have 12 cats among three neighbors. I was going nuts....then I tried mouse traps. Have not lost a trap, have not caught a cat but the digging in my beds has stopped. I do find the traps sprung, so I know they are getting close enough to be scared by the crack of the trap when it is sprung.

Posted: 6:33 pm on March 25th
kandella writes: Chicken wire. Cut a piece of chicken wire to size for the top of the bed and just lay it on the dirt. The plants will grow up thru it and in short order it won't be visible but it will keep the cats out. They don't like walking on it and can't scratch thru it (so they won't use the first soft dirt as a litter box).
Posted: 10:19 am on March 22nd
n_ivy writes: Dogs repel cats well!

I know a family that fenced their dog into an area surrounding their garden. For them, the threat was raccoons.
Posted: 10:00 am on March 22nd
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