Re: [gardeners] Re:Saturday in the garden

Alan Zelhart (
Mon, 12 Feb 2001 13:14:05 -0700

I have no suggestions for that Carol.  I wish I did.  My neighbor has five cats,
and they love to dump in my rose bed on the west side of the house.  Sometimes it
smells so wretched back their, I can hardly stand to work in that part of my
garden.  I'm hoping that as these roses get bigger and the thorns meaner it will
deter them.  They like that area because I have a fine cedar mulch on my beds, to
keep the moisture in and the rose roots cooler.

My personal opinion is, that people who own cats should be as responsible for
keeping them in their yard as dog owners are.  As a matter of fact, that is the
law here in Chandler, Arizona now.  If a cat is found off it's property, it will
go to the pound, no questions asked.  Cats can and should be leash trained just
like Dogs are.  The Arizona Humane Society even advises this now.  Thank God, it
is long over due.  How can anyone love their cat, and then set it free where odds
are high that it will get hit by a car or something even worse?  Right now we are
having trouble with people lighting cats on fire, shooting nail guns at them, one
person even duck taped a kitten to the free way.  People are so cruel, and Cats
don't deserve to be treated this way.  People need to be more responsible in
caring for their pets.  I now, it's an old, never ending story that I don't think
will ever get resolved.  And some people may be angry with me for feeling this
way, thinking its cruel to restrain your cat to your home or protected area.  But
I think it's more cruel to set them free and hope nothing happens to them.

Sorry, I didn't mean to go on a tangent, but this type of animal treatment gets
me going! :<

Alan        Chandler, Arizona        Sunset Zone: 13
Over 145 Rose Bushes Planted! 75 Different varieties! Never a dull moment!!

"Carol J. Bova" wrote:

> I enjoy hearing the dog stories, esp. what they like to nibble in the garden!
> At work, we rescued a starving dog 3 years ago, and he recently was retired
> to our home. He's part lab and part Rott about 9 years old, absolutely
> devoted to us, and amazingly intelligent. But he hates cats and squirrels.
> I think he puts them in the same class as rats and 'possums, which he kept
> out of the cemetery, usually by dispatching them and leaving them on the
> doorstep for us.
> When Erff goes out in the yard, he goes on cat patrol and faithfully marks
> the fencelines daily, but that doesn't bother the cats in the least. We
> have a number of roving neighborhood felines (without collars and tags) who
> think my pots on the porch and patio are porta-potties! (They squirrels
> seem to have enough sense to stay in the neighbor's yards or in the
> trees.)  I believe several neighbors put out food for the cats and they
> squeeze through my fence on one side of the yard and climb up the chain
> link and jump over on the other. I'm afraid that one day, he's goin to
> catch one inside the yard and do away with it.  Anyone have any advice on
> getting the cats to detour around the yard?
>          Carol
>          in Sunland CA where it's almost raining cats & dogs
> At 12:13 PM 2/12/2001 -0600, you wrote:
> >My pit Luke has a bad habit of hiking his leg up on my pot plants outside
> >making them stink. I watch him close and when he has that look I fuss at
> >him and tell him no. He looks at me like, well ok, I forgot, then goes
> >somewhere else. After a while he will
> >saddle up to something look to see if I notice and see what he can get
> >away with. Poor boy is just battling instinct! LOL
> >
> >Ranchmama
> >***************************