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March 28, 2010

Commando Cat

Filed under: Gardening Year 2 — by leafyleith @ 3:02 pm
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I was feeling rather inspired last week. Spring has sprung, I thought. So I got my seeds out and started planning for the new raised bed.

I started sowing sweet peas, calendula and nigella for my summer pots and window boxes. And I began hardening off my delphiniums and cleaned the copper rings which will protect them from slugs and snails.

And then this happened.

This is Princes Street, Edinburgh at 6pm at the end of March. It’s just not right. And now I’ve just seen a weather forecast and it says it’s going to SNOW.

Another upset are these bleeding cats. There are five regular visitors: Monster Cat, Cagney & Lacey, Scabby Doo and Minging Fluffball Siamese. And at least another three that appear every now and again. They really make my blood boil because they use the veg bed as a giant cat litter tray. It’s truly disgusting.

I have tried lots of things to deter them:

  • citrus peel
  • cat shoo plants
  • cayenne pepper
  • lavender
  • half empty plastic bottles of water
  • throwing glasses of water at them (quite satisfying, but worried a person might be standing over the other side of the wall)
  • chicken wire

The chicken wire is a recent purchase. I’ve covered the veg patch in it. There is nothing in the veg patch at the moment because it will soon be converted into a raised bed, but I thought if I can stop them crapping in it with the chicken wire, they may take the hint and move off elsewhere.

That was my theory.  But a couple of hours after unrolling my new weapon I looked out and Lacey was using it like some kind of Commando Cat, pacing up and down between the holes, like it was in training to go to Afghanistan. Quite funny, really.

I’ve been thinking about getting one of these sonic cat deterrent monitor thingies, but they are about fifty quid and seem to get mixed reports.

If anyone has any suggestions of how to deal with these blighters, I’d love to hear it. Please don’t bother with the dog suggestions though.


  1. Oops! I was all set to suggest a small terrier, then I read your last line. You might try looking for ideas

    Comment by Noturus — March 28, 2010 @ 3:36 pm |Reply

  2. My sister e-mailed me a picture of the tiny snow plows in Edinburgh, they would not be able to clear my Pennsylvania drive-way during the winter. Good luck with the cats.

    Comment by youngwifey — March 28, 2010 @ 4:31 pm |Reply

  3. The only thing that worked for me was consistently terrorising them over fairly lengthy period of time – it did make for some awkward moments with the neighbours though

    Comment by Clare Archibald — April 1, 2010 @ 11:46 am |Reply

  4. I find the mixed approach works best – I use plastic security spikes on the fences to deter cats from using them to get in the garden, lion poo in the flower beds to act as a natural cat deterrent and an ultrasonic cat deterrent covers the lawn. Different cats are deterred by different things so it is a good idea to mix it up a bit.

    Comment by jacbaye — April 21, 2010 @ 4:34 pm |Reply

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