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Julie Joyce
6 days ago • Austin
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Digging Deterrent

Our new kitty family member is a plant digger. Does anyone have any products that are good for putting into a pot to keep her from digging? She is so shy, and we are finally making progress on her coming out in to the main part of the house, that I don’t want to do the spray with water bottle I have done with past kitties.
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4 days ago
Sorry about that Julie! When I had potted plants, I used rebar spikes in the pots to deter digging. They aren't that attractive, so maybe some decorative spikes/sticks might deter her.
6 days ago
We had this problem recently too with our kitty. We ended up just buying a bunch of wooden skewers from the store and making a little fence around the pot. Worked like a charm! I will mention to watch out if your cat is trying to use the plant as a litter box, that can be a sign of a UTI.
6 days ago
Thanks, Kelsey. She doesn't seem to be using as a litter box, more of “I'm freaked out in a new place and I'm going to dig” type thing. Maybe she thinks she can dig her way out. I am just hoping my plants survive her settling in period.
6 days ago
No worries Maggie. She is just exploring her new space. She comes out more and more every day.
6 days ago
I have two cats and they always try to scratch the couch. I have multiple ScatMat by the couch and they work like magic. You can put them around your plants and choose the best size and shape for the space. It does not hurt the cat and he is going to learn quickly that he can't go to the plants.
6 days ago
Karline Nogales do humans feel anything if they step on this mat
6 days ago
We have put large pebbles over the soil and that has helped. The plants out cat climbs, I have added orange peels, mothballs and scented spray to keep her away. Both have helped
6 days ago
We got two kittens a couple years ago. The thing that worked the best for us was covering the soil with rocks. We used larger rocks that allowed air flow so the plant wouldn't suffer but didn't allow the kittens access to the dirt. Worked like a charm. Eventually they grew out of wanting to dig in it and we've been able to get rid of the rocks.
6 days ago
Rocks worked well with Scout - raid Liam's "rock collection" - that should do it!
6 days ago
Cindy, yes. You will feel some static like the "winter static". It doesn't hurt.
6 days ago
I just read a post yesterday about using Irish Spring soap shavings for this. And when used outside It also deters flies, squirrels, rabbits, mice etc. from your plants. One lady posted that she puts it in a net bag and ties it around her water Spicket outside and when she’s finished gardening, she washes her hands with it before she goes inside the house.
5 days ago
Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I am starting with aluminum foil in the pots with skewers holding it in place. I will refer back to this thread for more ideas if that doesn’t work.
5 days ago
Justin OConnor any other suggestions?
4 days ago

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