Re: [gardeners] Re:Saturday in the garden

Jeannine Kantz (
Mon, 12 Feb 2001 14:30:42 -0600

I have to agree with you on this one-cats should be kept up like dogs. My
flowerbeds in the front of my house have been nearly ruined by neighborhood
cats. My neighbor told me to put mothballs in the soil, but I'm not too
sure about putting chemicals like that around my trees. I've read about
motion controlled sprinkler heads that would come on and get the critter
wet and putting chicken wire or other mesh wire just below the surface in
the area they love to dig. If they can't dig down, it discourages them. I
have not tried any of these as of yet. I'm hoping mass plantings of ivy
will take over and keep them away.

I once lived in a house that had a large kennel with a wire mesh top built
just for cats. It had a concrete floor with a sand box in one corner and
numerous branches and carpet covered ledges for the cats to play on. It was
covered on three sides and the top with ivy and was in the shade most of
the day with a few sunny ledges in early morning. A door opened into the
laundry room of the house where the cats could come and go without being
loose in the yard. The previous owner of the house showed cats and built it
for them. My cat loved it and I never had to worry about something
happening to him. After that experience, and the numerous free-roaming cats
I've lost to poisoning and cars, I am a firm believer in keeping a cat


>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
>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
>me going! :<

Jeannine Kantz