Cat Control


Are the kitties using your garden as a litter box? Here is a solution that Betty Ward uses.


Plastic picnic forks deter the cats from digging in the mulch. Photo by Betty Ward.

Momma Cat scaled a privacy fence to get in the back yard with a tiny kitten in her mouth. The fenced back yard seemed like a safe place for the momma cat to raise the little baby. Those two cats who sought shelter in Betty and Louie’s well manicured back yard decided to stay.

No telling what unfortunate circumstance brought  the cats to the back back door.

But the Momma Cat was weak and exhausted though she continued to nurture her kitten. She needed to eat, and there was no cat food in sight. That’s because  the residents didn’t want a cat, weren’t interested in ever having more pets.

Still, the cats stayed. But the poor momma cat needed to eat. So cat food found it’s way into the couple’s grocery bag.  The cats were finally safe and well fed. Slowly, the couple allowed then into their hearts.

And since the cats were now residents, they needed names. Momma Cat and Babe now officially live in the well manicured back yard. They go to the veteranarian. They have their own cat beds.

Just one problem. Instead of the littler box, the cats use the beautifully landscaped  gardens. So, that is why there are little plastic forks in the mulch. The forks are meant to be a cat deterrent.

It may work. If you have had success with this deterrent, or if you have a better idea leave a comment.

The kitten is grown and both cats are well cared for. They have no intention of leaving. And the couple have no intention of having more kittens in their back yard cat sanctuary.

The cats have  been been spayed and neutered.

What’s that? Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the animal incapable of reproducing.  –  American Humane Association

Babe and Mama cat

Babe is the black cat. The tabby cat on the right is Mama Cat. photo by Betty Ward








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