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How to keep cats out of the garden

Many of us own and love cats, but can still be irritated when neighboring felines come into our garden to defecate and hunt birds. What’s more, because cats are carnivores, their feces can contain parasites or pathogens not present in other types of manure, such as horse and cow. As such there can be risks associated with cats defecating in your vegetable patch. There are various ways to discourage cats from visiting your garden and veg plot. “

The silhouette of a cat on a yard fence.

So the neighbourhood kitty keeps digging in your garden. Should you worry?

Probably — a little. Cats are carnivores and their feces can contain parasites or pathogens not present in herbivore manure.

Luckily, there are several eco friendly solutions that will help to keep cats out of your much loved vegetable beds and away from your growing food.

Cats prefer to walk on soft soil and will avoid prickly surfaces. Make your garden beds into a less inviting litter box with the following prickly solutions:

  • Cover the garden in twigs, placed a couple of inches apart throughout the bed.
  • Push pine cones or other prickly yard trimmings down into the soil around your plants.
  • Lay chicken wire over the beds. Alternatively, upcycle the mesh produce bags from onions or potatoes by spreading them on the garden and anchoring them with twigs. Increase the hole size around your budding plants if necessary.

Read more: https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/keep-cats-garden/

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