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Q: How do you keep a cat out of your garden?

August 23, 2009 | By Elena G. | 11 answers | Expired: 1931 days ago

Elena G.

We want to get an outdoor cat for our family. But theres a condition that we can only have one if we find a way to keep it from using our flower garden as a litter box...is that even possible?

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DaughterOfBastet
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Aug 26, 2009

GOOD LUCK!! Even if you manage to train YOUR cat not to use the garden as a potty, there are at least a half dozen other cats from the neighbourhood who will.

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SoulLonely
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Aug 25, 2009

Cats should be indoors unless there is outdoors supervision. Many others have stated the health concerns of outdoor cats. Most shelters won't adopt out cats unless they know that you will keep it an indoors cat because of all these reasons.

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Bogeymom
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Aug 25, 2009

I have been told putting moth balls in your garden will keep the cats out. Apparently they don't like the smell.

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Ourstaff
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Aug 24, 2009

You may be able to find an older cat at your shelter that won't stay inside . Some of the rescue groups in this area have cats that need homes but have never been trained to live inside. If you are very clear about the conditions that cat will live under they may have one that needs them. You may be able to keep it out of the garden by giving it a sandy area it can use. The garden could be surrounded by mess and mulched when something that isn't as comfortable for the cat to use,

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Lisa B.
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Aug 24, 2009

If you left a litter box outdoors you might get it to use it. My cat goes outside with me when I am out doors and I keep an eye on her, but she uses the litter box when we come back into the house. Go figure! I think you are asking too much to think it won´t use your garden. If you feed it high quality cat food then the litter is good fertilizer and just spray it down with the hose.

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Norrie
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Aug 24, 2009

No way to keep an outside cat out of the garden!

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Norrie
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Aug 24, 2009

Seriously if you want a family cat, it should live inside with the family.
I have 2 four mo. old inside only kittens, my last 2 cats lived long lives due to being inside only cats. About 15 yrs ago I lost 3 cats within a short period to coyotes and a very pushy large owl. I live in the suburbs, close to Disneyland not in the country. Previous cats were hit by cars, poisoned by a cat hating neighbor, 2 were smashed in garage door accidents; all things that could have been avoided had they been inside cats not that they can't get in trouble inside but you can watch them better.

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Lilyrose
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Aug 24, 2009

If you want to get a cat, it's best to keep it indoors. There are so many bad things that can happen to cats kept outdoors. It could be hit by a car, hurt by wildlife, develop illnesses, ect. The chances of a cat living a long, healthy life will be greatly increased if he remains indoors!

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Ethel02
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Aug 24, 2009

I think if your truthful with a reputable rescue, they won't & shouldn't give you a cat to let loose, their are enough "stray's" they are trying to find real homes for pets.

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Sheltervt
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Aug 23, 2009

cats belong indoors, for more reasons than to keep them out of your flower beds. Cats outdoors only live one third the lifespan of those kept inside.

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