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cswink

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Keeping cats away
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:26 PM »
Hello all. It has been a long time since I have been on here. Under a new user name as I lost all of my old information while being away with work for sometime.
Anyway. I am having a problem with cats wanting to use my trees as a litter box. Any suggestions on how to keep them away?
Thank you.

Chris Swink
 

Adair M

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 01:21 PM »
Two things:

1) Put a screen wire cover over the pots so they can't scratch the soil.

2)  Provide a litter box, away from the trees.
 

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 01:45 PM »
Thank you Adair M.
The screen I can do.
As far as a litter box goes I am not sure if these cats would use it or not as they are strays.
 

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 02:24 PM »
I have cats.  Outdoor cats. 

If they are attracted to your bonsai pots as litter boxes, they probably like the loose soil you use.

Provide an alternative place for them to "do their thing". 

My cats will either go to the horse arena (M10 grit, ie sand) or if they are in the front yard when they feel the urge to "go", they will dig up the pine bark around the landscape trees and bushes.

Cover your bonsai pots, and give them someplace else to go.  The litter box doesn't have to be anything elaborate, just a box with cat litter, sand, or pine bark... whatever they like to use.

When training any animal, "Make the right thing easy for the animal to do, and the wrong thing hard to do", Clinton Anderson, famous horse trainer.

You may have to start with the litter box close to the trees, and gradually move it farther and farther away.  Cats are creatures of habit, and they will tend to designate an area as their bathroom.  If they've really been peeing and pooping in your pots, do a repot to get rid of the smells so they won't keep  coming back.  And give them a better alternative

And then, if that doesn't work, get a Havahart trap.  But the window screen and litter box will work.
 

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 05:22 PM »
Thank you again Adair M.
I have screened my pots and will be providing the neighborhood strays with a place to do their thing tomorrow.
 

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 07:41 PM »
Big Dog, see my Avatar.
 

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Re: Keeping cats away
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 09:26 PM »
John Kirby,

An excellent deterrent. Unfortunately my little Bugg, Boston terrier pug hybrid, can't stay outside for to long. He does not do well with the cold winters or the hot summers here in Missouri.