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I'll mention this to my maid - she keeps putting bricks down, which is really annoying!!!

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Thanks for the post. I'll pass that on to my neighbor who doesn't have a dog and is plagued by cats and squirrels.

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Cayenne pepper worked on the squirrels... so much so that I don't see them around at all anymore... not just in my veggies... I didn't just kill all the neighborhood squirrels did I? (Please say no.)

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I adopted a dog from the Humane Society and that solved my cat problems. Plus she stays out of the garden and tries to protect it from the birds. It's a win-win solution for both of us.

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Cats are adverse to white vinegar. Maybe you could pour it around the edges of your problem area. I'd stay away from the moth balls, too. They're really toxic for both the critters, but also in general--ie. for you!

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please dont use moth balls.. its a horrible way to die

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The weather here has been horrid - 60 to 80 mph wind gusts, so I haven't had a chance to do anything. Thanks for the feedback on the ginger. I'm going to look for chicken wire next week and hope the weather improves.

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Ive been putting ground ginger down for a week now an im sad to say its not worked as everyday we,ve removed cat poo on sum days 2&3 lots,also its turned out to be quite expensive,,,,,,,it was worth a try though. There was a suggestion of mothballs,,,, u get these in tablet form do i crush them up and spread them over the affected areas or just bury them in the ground?Anyone help please?


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None of my neighbors are responsible cat owners. I often wonder if the cats ever get to go in the house! Since I have raised gardens all around my house, it would be tough to do the motion activated sprays. I'm heading over to Vitamin Cottage to see if they sell ground ginger in bulk. I may try the chicken wire too. I used horse wire to line a kennel and it broke my lab's digging habit while she was still a puppy, so I can see where cats might be deterred.

Thanks for all of the suggestions!

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That *STINKS* - LOL sorry I couldn't help it!



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4/30/10 8:24 A

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I woke up to 3 big lovely cat poos this morning in my front garden.The smell wasnt very nice and the sight of them was even worse,,, as my grandchild will be round this weekend ere goes the GROUND GINGER,its certainly worth a try bought it this morning.

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I know! This little guy really knows how to work the sad kitty eyes, too.

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Awe - that's a tough one. Poor little guy.



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I need to stop being such a softie, I think.

I came home late last night from a meeting and there was this young black cat with white markings laying on one of the chairs on my front porch. I'm pretty sure this is the little thug who has been pawing around in my flower pots. So, I step up on my front porch and he (she?) meows at me. We've owned cats before so I recognized it as the "Mom's home!" cat call.

He pops down off the chair and starts wrapping himself around my legs while I'm trying to get into the house, just wailing up a storm. As I'm putting my key in the lock, I'm telling him, "You do not live here. No matter how much you fuss at me you cannot come in." He made a dash, but I was able to get into the house without him. Then he sat on the porch with his cute little nose pressed up against the pane of the bay window, looking sad.

Now, how can I plot vengeance against this little guy? How can I bring myself so sprinkle his favorite chair with ginger? It isn't his fault he's left to manage on his own all night long. This isn't the first time the little rascal has begged to move in with us, but last night's episode really pulled at my heartstrings.

I wish I knew to which neighbor he belongs. We would have a chat about responsible pet ownership. If things don't change, the neighbor may be minus one cat and I may have a new housebuddy.

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4/29/10 10:49 A

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I can live with chicken wire-Are you saying to put the wire flat on the ground? So far no new cat spray-smell since I put the ginger down. thank you!!

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4/28/10 8:11 P

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Cats used to pluck birds right out of my bird baths (horrifying). Then I read that they are very particular about where they put their feet so I layed strips of chicken wire on the ground as a barrier. Worked like a charm. You could border the garden with it.

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This is the first year I am growning ginger. It is really easy. Can't say that it has kept the cats away though. Guess it needs to be ground up to work

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If you are looking for inexpensive ground ginger try the website www.mountainroseherbs.com. You can buy in bulk but it only takes a light sprinkling to keep the cats away. I read yesterday that growing your own ginger is easy and you start by getting a fresh ginger root with eyes (like a seed potato) and bury it in no more than 2" of dirt. Add more dirt, never more than 2", whenever green leaves shoot up from the dirt. It grows well in containers from what I read. I have tried using ground ginger in the house without much success but I would love to hear from those of you who try it what, if any, success you are having! I have decided when my cats are dead and buried in the backyard that I will just stick with dogs. Much less destructive in the house!

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Mamamia! Ground ginger is so expensive! It was 6 bucks for a small herb bottle (it's upstairs, I think its like 4 or 6 oz). If anyone has suggestions where they buy it cheaper I'd really appreciate it.



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Does ginger work in the house too. I have four cats which two of are inside all the time. I throw them out but they run back in whenever they get the chance. (5 kids opening and closing front door) Those two not sure which one has a problem of using the floor as a catbox even though I have two catboxes in the house for them to use. So just wondering if the ginger would work inside too?

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4/26/10 4:06 P

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Thanks so much for the tip on ginger. We have several cats in our neighborhood and the smell of them marking my yard bothers me more than anything. PU that smell is awful! I'm buying ground ginger today.

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As a child, when cats decided to use the space below our front windows as a litter box, we planted marigolds and geraniums there. The marigolds also worked in my own house later, as did covering the area with (trimmed or excess) Christmas tree branches in the winter.

Whatever you do, however, do not use mothballs, as some suggested in other forums on the same topic. The chemical in mothballs is toxic (fatal) to cats' kidneys.

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when i see cats in my backyard i either let the dog out or throw shoes at them. The dog is slow and my aim is really bad so the cats don't get hurt, but they do get scared away. Enough times and they aren't around during the day as often as they used to be. I like the motion detecor/ sprinkler idea though

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On a different tangent, I saw a documentary about a tribe in Kenya that uses cayenne pepper paste (mixed with old car oil if I remember right) on wire fences to keep elephants out of maize fields. And they make 'bombs' of cayenne pepper in paper bags that they throw at the ellies. It works wonderfully, they turn tail, put their ears back and run like greased lightning.

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the sprinkler would discourage the cats too.

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I'm going to try the ground ginger on my front porch. I have a couple of decorative concrete planters that the neighbors' cats just love to dig in - uprooting my pretty flowers! emoticon

I'm also going to look into that Scarecrow sprinkler. Maybe that will encourage the neighbor's dogs to poop in their own yard.

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Most mammals do not like hot pepper. Either sprinkle cayenne pepper around or grind a jalapeño pepper in a blender full of water, strain and spray the area. Either one will need to be repeated after rains.

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wow, thanks dark-wing for the great plastic fork tip! What a smart idea. I'm having little rodent visitors as well and they don't seem to mind the ground ginger so I'll try the plastic forks.
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I have problems with the neighborhood cats as well. I hadn't heard about using ginger, I may have to try that. I did see an article in our local paper that suggested "planting" plastic forks, tines up, in the garden. I tried that & it helped in the areas where they are. I'm having trouble with squirrels as well.

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You may not want to invest in the money, but one of those motion activated water sprayers (hooks up to your hose) would work at keeping everything out!

Our garden is small enough that my husband covers it with a plastic mesh (keeps birds out lets bees in).

I would suggest the sprayer if we had larger problems or a larger garden. It would keep the birds out of my tomatoes and strawberries too (I hope?)

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Thxs everyone who replied to my msg,an i will certainly try ground ginger and let you all know how i get on. emoticon

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Ground ginger. And LOL, I guess I am mean growing catnip and in more than one spot too! But I have to since I treat family members, friends and clients with Catnip. It's a valuable medicine that I use and recommend frequently. Don't worry...I grow a couple of plants that my cats are allowed to roll around in and when those plants are harvested and dried it all goes to the cats.

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My fatty likes to roll on one side of the fresh dug garden and poop in the other not happy about either as she rolls on seedlings. It's tough to keep them inside though, they find so much joy just laying with us in the grass. As for the poster that grows catnip LOL that's just plain mean. I have scars from trying to get my kitties away from their cracknip :)

So is it ground ginger or fresh?



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clccool...I tried ginger spray on an antique chair that both of my cats were scratching. It didn't work like it did in the garden and the chair's front legs now are a shredded mess and covered up by an afghan. Heavy woe and sigh...But let me know if you have better luck!
Great tips about the cayenne pepper and eggshells. Thanks everybody!


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I've heard of cayenne for dogs. Good to know about ginger. Thanks for the tip!

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I had never heard of using ginger. Sprinkling cayenne pepper around plants has worked for me.

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hmmmmmm...I might have to try a ginger spray to keep my cats off of furnature!!!
But, let me apologize for the cat owner's who's cats are getting in your yard. I REALLY want to train my cat to stay inside, for this & 100 other reasons(including the "gifts" she brings home), but she is quick & sometimes gets out. I hate the thought that she is doing this to my neighbors & honestly, I am trying to keep her in!

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I am going to have to try the ginger in my small container garden. There are at least 20 stray cats in my neighborhood, and they love to use the garden as a liter box.


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Try sprinkling ginger over the garden area you want to keep the cats out of. Cats hate the smell of ginger. Last year I had trouble keeping one of my cats out of a couple of my herb gardens...catnip and valerian are irresistable to cats! So I sprinkled liberal amounts of powdered ginger around the perimeter of the gardens and it worked! My cat was really mad at me! I had to sprinkle the ginger powder around the garden every 3 or 4 days but my cat left my catnip and valerian alone!
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Our cat is allowed out in the backyard (and he's too old to go over the fence) and we had the problem of him preferring the freshly dug garden as his litter box. We bought some of those small wire border-fences and put them around the tempting areas, and we also sprinkle crushed egg shell around. Seems to deter him, as he's too lazy to step over the fences and doesn't like the egg shells.

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Whose cats are they? This is one of my biggest pet peeves and is one of the reasons why my cats are indoor only.

You might want to try a Scarecrow. No, it's not the doll you see hanging above cornfields in movies. It's an impact sprinkler with a motion detector on it. It works wonders keeping critters out of gardens. Just remember to turn it off before you work in the garden.

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Does anyone heve any problems wi cats and there poo,i have a smallish bk/garden but enough room to grow a few veggies and flowers,but the cays keep coming in an leave there poo everywere an also treading on my plants has anyone any ideas please.

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