Stopping Cats in the Garden

Cats in the garden can be a sensitive subject for gardeners who enjoy cats. However, if stray cats (or your neighbors' pets) use your garden as a litter box, you have an issue.

The most serious component of the situation is a health threat: Cats can harbor Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can be transferred to humans through cat feces.

This parasite is especially hazardous to pregnant women and the immunocompromised. Wear gloves while gardening, and cover your child's sandbox.

Another concern regarding outdoor cats is the damage they might cause to the songbird population.

There are approximately 80 million house cats and 120 million feral cats in the United States today. Cats are predators, and even well-fed,

seemingly sedentary domestic pets are natural hunters. While the actual quantity is unknown, cats are estimated to kill hundreds of thousands of songbirds each year in the United States. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predicts that the figure is considerably higher, which is bad news for bird lovers.

So, what can we do to keep peace with our neighbors and unwelcome cats out of our yards? There is hope. Let's look at some current market items as well as some homemade repellents.

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