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From:new orleans, la
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 02-18-2004 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spragoo     Edit/Delete Message
I just wrote our a message here and then couldn't figure out how to send it and then it was lost or sent or whatever anyway, does anyone know how to keep cats out of certain yards? We have gotten involved with the feral cat program and have a neighbor who doesn't appreciate their using his yard and garden for a sandbox. Do moth balls work and are they harmful to the soil?
Does anything work? I fear he's going to have them hauled off after the whole rest of the community has done everything to care for them and keep them from proliferating through spaying and neutering.
Thanks for any help on this.

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posted 02-18-2004 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know about moth balls but I've seen some products in the Dr.Foster&Smith catalog that are supposed to keep cats out of gardens,ect. I've never tried any of these so I don't know how well they work but maybe you can try something like this?
Someone else might have better suggestions for you. Good Luck.

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posted 02-19-2004 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Some of the information below is from the site:
You can click on this site for more information.

"Cats and Gardens"
Here are some helpful suggestions for neighbors who wish to keep the 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 Corporate Office at 602-580-6100, or visit them on-line at
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. If you are unable to find one, telephone Contech at 1-800-767-8658 to find out how to order one.
A garden repellent called Reppers, manufactured in Holland by Deaphar, is available at PetsMart,,, Foster & Smith, or your local pet store. Reppers retails for $19.95. Tried and proven by ACA staff and neighbors!
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, at or 1-800-863-1700. Gardener's Supply Company reports that many people consistently reorder this product. Sounds like it works!
The San Francisco SPCA provided many of these tips.

If it is possible, you may want to offer to help your neighbors with any of the above, whether purchasing supplies for them or setting up the deterrents. They will appreciate the offer and your willingness to help even if they don't accept it.

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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 02-19-2004 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I have heard that mothballs are poisonous to cats and they will sometimes eat them if they have access. I would try to find something else to use.

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From:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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posted 02-20-2004 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for empressjulz     Edit/Delete Message
mothballs are DEADLY TO CATS.

my cat got naphtalene poisoning from licking a mothball and almost died.

i don't use mothballs anymore in my house, except the non-toxic types that are concealed in a packet.



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posted 03-03-2004 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spragoo     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much for all your help. My neighbor is also grateful for all your wonderful suggestions.

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