I have four cats who roam my yard!! 2016-09-11T23:32:11+00:00

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  • Frannie Koe
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    Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep cats out of freshly tilled garden beds?? I have heard moth balls may be helpful. They are using my beds as a kitty litter! I need my cats to keep the mice and rats down.

    ellenda
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    I have no idea how to keep cats out of the garden mine climbs the fence to get in.  I think I would not use moth balls in my garden at all.

    This may sound crazy but how about tiling a place just for the cats and trying to attract them to it instead of the  garden.

    Frannie Koe
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    I have found my cats going elsewhere in soft dirt!  I have also found if I keep the ground really wet they don’t want to dig in the mud as much.  My seeds are already coming up so maybe as soon as the plants get big enough they will stop going in my new beds.  They have slowed down.

    sundug
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    Several studies recently have shown the devastation caused by cats, an invasive species implicated in at least 33 extinctions. Feral cats and even well fed house cats allowed outdoors take a huge toll on birds, lizards and rodents. They spread diseases like rabies and Toxoplasmosis. In the US, cats kill as many as 3.7 billion native birds annually, making them a bigger threat to these creatures than buildings, towers, windows, poison, and cars. Please read the articles below and do not shoot the messenger.  Doug

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moral-cost-of-cats-180960505/

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feral-cats-kill-billions-of-small-critters-each-year-7814590/

    https://abcbirds.org/threat/cats-and-other-invasives/

    http://io9.gizmodo.com/5979891/domestic-cats-are-among-the-worst-invasive-species-and-could-be-destroying-ecosystems

     

     

    Frannie Koe
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    Thanks for the input, Doug.  I likely will not kill my cats because of the research, so I won’t shoot the messenger either!  My dogs have also decimated the rabbit population and reduced the squirrel and chipmunk population on my property as well as keeping the deer away.  But if you really want to look at whose activity has decreased 1/2 of ALL vertebrate populations since 1970 we must look at humans!  Humans are likely the reason for the over population of dogs and cats that have no home.  I have gotten all my animals neutered as soon as they could reproduce except my St. Bernard who I could not get in the car.  He is no longer with us now and not causing any population growth.  Please continue to comment!

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