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cat repellents
« on: March 01, 2016, 05:49:40 AM »
in my never ending struggle to keep the local feral cats out of my yard/garden/decks i have been looking up plants that will repel them.

yesterday, i ordered some rue seeds.  the web says it has a very strong odor that cats hate.  i am going to plant some along the edge of the yard, along my deck and over toward my garden beds.  hopefully this will deter them.

has anyone grown rue?  it says it has a strong smell, but the comments varied from a coconut smell to full on stink.  anyone know what it smells like?

i will also put in some lavender.  it is pretty and will deter the cats.  anyone have luck with this plant?
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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2016, 07:26:06 AM »
It might be a coincidence but we had issues in South Carolina with a neighbors cat getting into our beds but it stopped coming the last year after we planted lavender.  In Tennessee several neighbors have barn cats but between the two Anatolian guard dogs and two sheep herders, they don't come around much if at all.   ;D
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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2016, 08:18:16 AM »
i am glad to hear the lavender actually works.  thanks for letting me know!

i am allergic to fur/dander so i can't have a dog.  :(

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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2016, 06:11:29 PM »
my rue seeds arrived.  i looked up planting them and it says they get a woody stem like rosemary.  i have to decide where i want it in the yard since it seems it will be a fixture. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2016, 12:07:36 PM »
:-( Lavender won't grow in zone 9.  I have spread moth balls around the outside edge of the garden a few years ago. Worked well, but smelled terrible! Not familiar with Rue....
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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2016, 07:57:48 PM »
i started with moth balls.  they worked for a little bit.  then i came out to see one of the cats sitting at the other end of the porch when the moth balls were still out there.  they must not have enough range unless there is a breeze or something.  either that or they got used to them.

i was reading online and saw a few of the most common plants...like lavender.  then i saw about rue.  it said it has a very pungent odor even just when the foliage is there and not just when flowering.  some folks could not explain the smell and some said it smelled a bit like something mixed with coconut.   we shall see.  the seeds were very small.  i got 200 of them online for a couple of bucks.  i put a handful right in front of my deck.  you just have to pretty much throw them down and just dust up the dirt a bit.  you don't actually bury them.  i hope they will come up there.   i also put some into a planter i made out of turned out tires on a rim and painted.  if they come up in that i will go set it out by my garden.  the online info said it will grow in poor soil, so i might dig up another spot in the yard which is clay and add some sand and crunched up leaves i have lying around.   
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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2016, 09:57:07 AM »
no sign of my rue yet, but it is early. 

i did catch a cat trying to poop in my onion bed.  i put some chili powder on the soil and then put plastic forks tines up into the dirt.  hopefully it won't try again.  :(

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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2016, 05:22:39 PM »
Woodchip Gardener,
If Rue produces an odor that repels cats it may also repel people. If so you may Rue-the-Day you planted it.....Sorry I could not resist that.  Dan
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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2016, 06:54:34 AM »
lol dg.  i get it...the joke was there...you had to do it...i would have too...lol.

if you met 2 of my neighbors you would know even if it does...it is win win for me.  :)





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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2016, 03:38:03 PM »
I have 2 cats and they love to come dig in my fresh made garden beds. How is it they know that there is fresh dug dirt in my above ground containers? They can't see it. I don't want to hurt them, but would like to know what I could do to repel them from it. I already have placed wire and pieces of wire fencing across the beds. It's not very pretty though. Any suggestions would be nice.  Thanks.

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2016, 03:46:38 PM »
so far the plastic forks are working really well.  i have not seen any more cats over there. 

i just put some coffee grounds out in my beds yesterday and amazingly have not see a cat in my yard all day.  they must really hate the smell.   you might want to try that.  just remember not to overdo the grounds unless they are acid loving plants.  used grounds can be acidic.

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Re: cat repellents
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2016, 03:50:11 PM »
Ok I will try some of that.   Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2016, 08:35:00 AM »
pk.  i did read online as well that cats hate citrus smell.  i spray my porch with orange oil to keep them off. 

maybe you could get some cute little holders and put some citronella candles around the border of your beds.  that would be cuter and i would think they would have a bad enough smell to keep them away.

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2016, 10:16:38 AM »
Ok woodchip, that sounds like a great idea.
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