Originally Posted by gopher
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Here are some helpful suggestions for neighbors who wish to keep cats out of their yards and gardens:
Push wooden chopsticks or 10-inch plant stakes into flowerbeds every eight inches to discourage digging and scratching.
Cats dislike citrus smells. Scatter orange and lemon peels, or spray with citrus-scented spray. You can also scatter citrus-scented pet bedding such as Citrafresh.
Cayenne pepper, coffee grounds, and pipe tobacco also work to repel cats. Some individuals have also suggested lavender oil, lemon grass oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and mustard oil.
Spray cat repellent (available at pet supply stores) around the edges of the yard, the top of fences, and on any favorite digging areas or plants - For information, call your local animal supply store or PetsMart or visit them on-line at www.petsmart.com
Cover exposed ground in flowerbeds with large attractive river rocks, to prevent cats from digging (they have the added benefit of deterring weeds).
Plant the herb "rue" to repel cats, or sprinkle the dried herb over the garden.
Try an ultrasonic animal repellent. These are available in lawn and garden stores or from Real Goods Catalog at 1-800-762-7325.
Use a motion-activated sprinkler. Any cat coming into the yard, will be sprayed but unharmed, and it is good for the lawn.
A garden repellent called Reppers, manufactured in Holland by Beaphar, is available at Petsmart, PetsMart.com, pets.com, Foster & Smith, or your local pet store. Reppers retails for $19.95.
A non-chemical cat and wildlife repellent called CatScat is made of plastic mats that are pressed into the soil. Each mat, complete with flexible plastic spikes, is cut into four pieces. The spikes are harmless to cats and other animals, but are effective in discouraging excavation. They are, sold in packages of 5 for $12.95 from Gardener's Supply Company, or 1-800-863-1700 - Gardener's Supply Company reports that many people consistently reorder this product. Sounds like it works!
From Animal Care Services, 2013 Second Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/animals...ourferals.html