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I know my response is 7 months late, but someone might get it anyway.

Two of the most effective ways to deter pests and cats of all types are free.

The first is human urine. Unless a person is ill, human urine is sterile and is free of nasty bacteria. Do not use the urine from an ill human, or from one who is taking medication - some of those medications are deadly to plants.

Simply have each one in your family do a urine catch and store it in used liter bottles. Pour the urine around the area you want to protect and the "human" smell will keep the critters away. Any "smell" of urine is caused by what you eat and disappears within 30-60 minutes after application.

You will get a bonus with human urine because it is a source of nitrates that are mild enough not to burn plants, unless you pour it directly on some tender plants.

After a moderate rain, you will need to reapply because the rain will dilute the smell.

Another good source of something that keeps cats, etc., from your garden is the Barber shop, not a woman's hair salon, a Barber Shop.

The key here is once again the human smell, and ladies generally shampoo with scented shampoo, comb it and spray it or have it styled/colored at a Beauty Shop. All of those smells mask the "human" smell and don't deter cats or any other critters. Men's hair is what you need, and if you find a barber with a clientele mostly of old guys, that's the best of all. Old guys tend to use plain shampoo, don't have it styled or use any goop on it to make it stick up in spikes or peaks. This is definitely an occasion where older is better.

There is also a benefit to using human hair. Whenever you turn your soil, the hair gets mixed into the dirt and starts to emulsify, releasing micro-nutrients back into the soil.

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6/28/12 12:05 A

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I've read that orange oil will work, but I haven't tried it. I don't have a problem with cats, but the squirrels are eating all my tomatoes and squash! They are driving me nuts :)

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some herbs have a smell that will keep critters away.

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The cats are most likely after your sandy soil or mulch for a litterbox. So something that would deter that instinct is what you need....rocks instead of mulch, wire or plastic just under the surface is good. Some of those goofy motion detector rocks that "bark" for some hard-scaping. LOL



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put up a fence

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I had a dog that really liked cayenne, but didn't like black pepper.

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Cayenne pepper works to keep most mammels away from what is sprinkled on.

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Hope it works for dogs and other animals too. emoticon



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My neighbor swears by cayenne pepper----evidently cats don't like that. She just sprinkles it on the ground where she doesn't want cats to go and it works!

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They make several products that cats are supposed to avoid, but they didn't work well for me. I use pieces of chicken wire now... I just lay them on the soil surface or bury them under a little mulch. The cat avoids them. Our neighbors cat also hates Cocoa Mulch, so I use that too. Good luck!

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Hi, I love to garden and it seems that all of our neighbors cats like our flower beds too. How can we keep peace with our neighbors. They do not leave a pleasant smell!!!!! emoticon

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