Why yes, I did have to go to extreme measures

To keep the neighbor’s feral kitties out of my garden and new planter box.

It has been a constant battle. Any bare batch of dirt more than a few square inches is apparently fair game for the cats. Especially the new planter box, which is filled with nice, soft, fluffy potting soil.

They have an entire dirt-filled yard, but come use mine whenever they can get away with it, which is mostly at night.

But I have finally foiled them. The trick? Laying down chicken wire over the ground, and cutting holes for the plants as necessary. The veggie garden can pretty much stay this way all season.

cat-proofing the garden

As for the planter box, I’ve just laid bits and pieces of chicken wire over bare areas, which I’ll move as I finish planting, or as the plants fill in.

cat-proofing the planter

Princess says not to blame her – it’s those bad kitties next door. And it’s true – she doesn’t usually use those areas, and I’ve never had a problem with the garden prior to the new kids kittens on the block. She also does a good job of standing guard to keep the other cats out of HER yard whenever she’s outside.

Princess in the Garden

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8 Responses to Why yes, I did have to go to extreme measures

  1. Cookie says:

    Wonderful fix!

    Black pepper also works. Red pepper flakes, too, should it come to that.

  2. kitten says:

    You have an orange girl cat? Weird.
    Also, cayenne was recommended to me once to keep a puppy from chewing on something, and she loved it and ate the whole bowl.

  3. Laurie says:

    Nice fix, but BOY is that annoying to have to do that.

  4. elizabeth says:

    Great fix! Mack will not stay out of one of our planters, he’s already killed two plants this spring. Little bugger.

  5. zeneedle says:

    I saw your fix the other day and knew you were trying to keep something/someone out.

  6. Carrie#K says:

    Pretty kitty! She looks like my Sheba except for her coloring.

  7. jill says:

    My big boy, Marmalade, likes to sit in the strawberry patch and nibble on the berries! I thought a motion sensitive sprinkler might work, then realized I’d forget about and end up getting myself! I hope your fix does the trick!

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