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How do you stop cats peeing in your plants?

Asked by RareDenver (13143points) July 17th, 2010

We’ve got these potted plants either side of our front door and one of them certainly looks as though it has seen better days, I’m pretty sure a neighborhood cat has decided to make it their lavatory of choice. I’ve heard that putting mothballs down can keep cats away but would they not just soak into the ground and damage the plants themselves anyway?

(Jesus Christ when did I get so fucking middle aged?)

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AliasTJ's avatar

I sprinkle peppers (like from a pizza place) in my plants and it seems to keep the cats away. Or you could plant some catnip in a far corner of your yard to divert their attention.

augustlan's avatar

Cats like to dig. You might try covering the top of the soil with river rock or something that prevents them from digging around in there. Don’t use something tiny, like gravel, because they’ll still dig in that.

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Kraigmo's avatar

At a nursery or hydroponics store, you can buy Hydroton clay pebbles, which don’t get mushy or break up. Pour those above the dirt around the plants, to cover the dirt.

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mattbrowne's avatar

We got the same problem. My wife and I have tried various strategies for years and we’ve failed. It is less of a problem in the summer. Our cat is outdoors most of the time. Last winter was extremely cold and we had snow for more than 2 months in a row. Our cat was pissed. She hates snow. She hates freezing temperatures. She stayed indoors pissing away. Somehow the frustration must get out. My wife suspected that she even blamed us for the bad weather and wanted revenge. She knows exactly that pissing indoors results in a tongue lashing.

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rebbel's avatar

I read at first: ”...cats peeing in your pants..”
There are a few things you can try.
First of, @johnpowell offered a good one, but you can also try putting some small wooden sticks (think tooth picks) in the soil, vertically.
And i am not at all sure whether it is tue, but i heard that when you sprinkle some tiger urine on it, the cat will think twice of relieving there. Problem might be how to obtain the tiger pee.
Another one is to cover the soil with cacao shells.

gondwanalon's avatar

A motion and heat detecting sprinkler would help. After the cat gets sprayed a few times it will learn that your yard is not a friendly place to pee and go elsewhere. Once you have educated the cat then you can store the sprinkler until another cat comes around. I’ve use this type of sprinkler with success to keep deer away. The deer never seem to learn from it though.

Meltd's avatar

My next door neighbour scatters moth balls around the grass. It absolutely stinks but seems to work!

Your_Majesty's avatar

I don’t stop cats peeing in my plants. My plants need the extra nutrition that cat can provide. Anyway,my soil contains lots of red ants and many cats will think twice before they do it.

CMaz's avatar

Mothball work. But, they stink up the house.

llewis's avatar

If you lay down some wire fencing (like chicken wire, with sections small enough they can’t just avoid the wire) on top of the soil, they won’t walk on that. I had the problem in a garden bed – it was turning into an expensive catbox. Laying chicken wire on top of the soil worked. If you’re putting it into a pot that already has plants in it you will have to do some “cut and paste” work, but it just has to lay there, it doesn’t have to be connected to other pieces of fencing.

gailcalled's avatar

@rebbel:
Damn. My tiger in on holiday.

I crowd the plants in my planters. Stuff some more small plants in. Aromatic ones like marigolds work. Inside I have a lovely, build-in brick planter. I had to cover the soil with plastic and put small pots on top of the plastic.

Chrissi85's avatar

There are certain plants you can grow that a supposed to keep cats away, I think basil is one. Alot of them are herbs so they look natural in the garden and you can use them in the kitchen

15acrabm's avatar

Simple. When I was 12 my mom threatend to get rid of my kittens if they didn’t stop digging and peeing in her plants. I tried everything, but what really works is covering the soil with tin foil. They hate the sound of their claws on it. Whod have thunk?

keobooks's avatar

@Doctor_D Cats don’t really provide extra nutrition with their urine. In fact, I’ve had plants die because of the ammonia from it.

Our last plant, we saved by putting these very large smooth pebbles in the planter. Our cat doesn’t consider them dig-worthy. Though the pebbles hold water somewhat and she will drink out of the planter if we we accidentally over water.

partyparty's avatar

I have had a similar problem and asked this question.
There might be some answers you could use. Good luck

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