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Posted by: muffin | 2008/01/09

cat problem

hi there, we have a problem with the neighbour's cat who is using our children's sand box as a litter box. this is a real concern for us and obviosly a health threat. It's quite big and we can't cover it, so what can we do to keep the cats out?

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One can buy cat deterrers that use an infra-red sensor to detect them and a high pitched sound (inaudible to man) to deter them.

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Posted by: Blaah | 2008/01/09

Don't worry about your little one picking the flowers
marigolds are very strong plants
and even the scent of the leaves repel cats and snails

you could prehaps make the care and planting of the marigolds a project with your children

marigold also seed themselves easily (almost like weeds) so they tend to come back very easily

Good luck
you could also try a painting sail (black plastic cover used to protect carpets when painting) to cover it, then if it rains there will be no problem and it has dozen of uses

p.s. my cats pee on cardboard :( ,but i use it under the cat box so pick up of the pilled sand is easier so that could be why

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Posted by: muffin | 2008/01/09

thanks for all the advice, will try some of it. Cardboard will work as long as it doesn't rain! The problem is we don't have a lot of storage space as it's a small garden so using a spray or that type of thing would probably work best. Also would love to be able to plant marigolds but my 1 yr old picks everything so don't think they would survive!!

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Posted by: Sheryl | 2008/01/09

Hi Muffin

Could you maybe cover it with a huge piece of cardboard when
your children are not using it. Cardboard is very light, and would be easy to put on top of it. Sometimes
the big supermarkets have some spare, or you can buy it
at places like the boxman - not expensive.

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Posted by: Blaah | 2008/01/09

some cats also hate marigolds
the are pretty ad can be planted around the sand box

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Posted by: Blaah | 2008/01/09

spray some citronella in the box
apparently orange or lemon peels also repel them
fit a taut wire or string a few inches above the fence-top. Cats have wonderful balance, but this will put them off trying to walk along the fence
apparently things that refect light such as unwanted cds will make a cat think twice about entering your yard especally hung by string so it moves (also chases birds though)
planting Coleus Canina also helps but it might not be a good idea with children and it is not a local plant, it stinks when touched but cats can smell it with out touching it
rue is also an option but also not local, it is a more attractive plant (contact your local nursery)

coffe grounds can also repel cats
as well as lavender oil
cayenne pepper, lemon grass oil
peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil.

hope this helps
we found coffe grounds on the top of the wall and cirtonella oil mixure sprayed on the walls helped with us keeping strays out and were abl eto stop after a while as they stopped coming completely
though i wish i carried on as it might have kept my male in

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