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How can I deter a ne4ighborhood cat from using my flower box

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for a litter box? JA: I'll...
How can I deter a ne4ighborhood cat from using my flower box for a litter box?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: I find that the neighborhood can is using my flower box for a litter box/. How can I stop him?
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: I don't know anything about the cat except some neighbors feed him ; I never have but I always have to pick out his shit from my flower box.
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: I don't know.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: No
Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Hello and welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now these can be frustrating situations, still in regards ***** ***** this cat's visits to your flower box, we can try a few options. To start, you can spray ammonia or vinegar around the box (do be aware that in high levels these are weed killers and can kill your plants if sprayed directly upon it). There are even some products on the market (ie Havaheart) that use black pepper in their sprays to deter cats.

As well, there are also some plants that can be used as natural, cat-safe deterrents. Examples of pungent plants cats do not like are lavender, rue, geranium, lemon-thyme, citrus plants. These can be planted along either your fence or the border of your land if you do not have a fence. In this vein, there is a new garden plant on the market called Coleus canina (aka Pee-off and Scaredy-cat plant). All of these plants have a pungent odor that repels cats from the garden. These should available from a number of garden suppliers.

Other tactics include chemical scent deterrents (ie Citronella) or synthetic territory markers (ie. Silent Roar). Alternatively, try orange or lemon peel or tea leaves in the flower box to put this cat off the area. Otherwise, if you wish to keep the cat away from the whole garden, then we can find the use of a Motion Activated Sprinkler or Ultrasonic Repellent beneficial. The sprinkler can spook the cat as it invades and the ultrasonic repellent works by producing a high pitched noise that we cannot hear but is unpleasant to animal's more sensitive ears.
Therefore, there are a range of options you can use to deter them from visiting your flower box and encourage it to go elsewhere.

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Dr. B.

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