We have been cat owners since 2003. Living in the country means you MUST have a cat to tend to the mice in the Autumn. Soon after adopting a few felines it became obvious I would have to share my gardens. In this post, I share a few simple solutions to keep the cats out of the garden.
Home Garden and The Cats
We live in the country so it is mandatory to have an outdoor cat. Consider adopting a few rescue kitties that need a home if you move to the country. All of our cats were in need of a home and a quick visit to our gardens and you can observe that they picked us!
Happy Indoor Cat
Consider adopting a rescue kitty to keep indoors is the best way to keep a cat out of the garden. Cats can be wonderful pets indoors providing entertainment and more. It is best to keep a new healthy kitten indoors. Many cats outdoors come in contact with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). We have lost a few of our cats over the years to this disease.
Keeping Cats Out of Your Home Garden
Below are a few simple steps that will make gardening and owning a feline enjoyable. I am not going to lie to you… I do enjoy sharing my garden with the cats but they have to stay out of my microgreens! Kenny Kitty in the photo above stepped into my greens a few times. Simply placing a larger container on the other side of the grow lights so he couldn’t walk in solved the problem.
- Plectranthus ornatus sold under the names of ‘Scaredy Cat’ or Coleus canina, is a said to deterant cats. This plant is an annual in my area and can be found at most independent garden centers. I have found the cats will walk around this plant.
- Strategically plant catnip. I plant mine on the pathways and in corners where I don’t mind the cats rolling around in the perennial.
- Motion sensor watering devices work great in small gardens. Usually, a cat remembers when they’ve gotten wet and will stay clear after a few times of getting drenched.
You don’t have to be a cat person to know we all love an afternoon in the garden. I believe by following these simple steps we can enjoy the garden with our feline friends.
Do you have a cat in your garden? Share your story with me by commenting below or reaching out on my contact page.