A Cheap Way to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden

by Pam on October 2, 2009

use kebab sticks to keep cats out of your gardenLast year our garden was full of cat poop.  There’s really not a nice way to describe it. We don’t have a cat of our own, but many of our neighbors do and their cats seemed to think that our garden was a giant kitty litter.  We decided this had to stop so we did our best to find solutions by talking to other people about it and by searching online for ideas.

Some of the suggestions seemed to make sense, while others were way out there.  One example was to drop by your local zoo and ask for some tiger feces.  The idea was to spread tiger feces all through your garden.  Apparently domestic cats are afraid of larger cats feces.  Who would have thought?  Needless to say I didn’t try that route.

Instead, my husband and I decided to go to our local dollar store and pick up a couple of packages of 100 wooden kebab sticks.   We stuck them into the ground pointy side up throughout our garden and we haven’t seen any cat poop in our soil since!

So, rather than spending a bunch of money to solve our cat problem, we spent about $2 and we can reuse the sticks every year.  The only down side is that if you’re not careful, you can put a few wholes in your hands when weeding your garden or when you are picking vegetables.  To be honest, I think I’ve hurt myself more by being careless than any cat has ever been hurt by our clever idea.

If you’ve ever had any trouble with cats in your garden, try this out.  I laughed one day when I looked over to see our neighbors trying out our trick.  It looks like it’s working for them, too!

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