So, those if you who’ve been reading here for a while probably remember that I’ve had issues previously with the folks in the house across the street, mostly due to their habit of letting their dog(s) roam (“but she’s a GOOD DOG, she knows to stay in the yard!”).
A couple years ago those folks moved out (I can’t remember if I ever posted that), and a new family moved in. I was frustrated when I first spotted their dogs, but it didn’t talk long to realize this was a different breed of dog owner. They don’t just allow their dogs to roam. Its awesome.
Then, this past fall, they got two cats. At first I wasn’t sure that they weren’t just feeding a couple strays. But rather quickly realized that the cats were indoor/outdoor cats, so regardless of how it started, they are now definitely owned by those folks.
The cats, of course, roam. And while the help at rodent control is nice, both of my dogs would be delighted to remove those two cats from existence. Apollo because they trespass in his yard. Arty because PREY!!! Needless to say this has complicated taking the dogs outside, much to our frustration. In addition there are absolutely coyotes here. Quite a few coyotes, of the North Eastern variety, which are bigger, and wolfier, than the western coyotes that many folks are familiar with. Few outdoor cats last very long here. Especially ones who are outside after dark. And these two are, in fact our confirmation that they were coming across the street came when I got ready to take the dogs out at about 10pm, and glanced out my front door window…..to find two cats peering under my front steps.
About a month ago, while clearing the recorded videos from the cheap security camera I have watching the driveway, I noticed a clip (taken only a couple hours earlier) of one of the cats coming across the front of the house, and down the driveway. A check out the window confirmed a lovely set of kitty tracks in the snow where he’d passed. Following them back around the house I confirmed that the cat in question had been hunting in my garden.
Now, like I said above, the additional rodent control is nice.
But cats have a tendency of using garden beds as litter boxes, it’s a fairly common complaint in fact. And even if these cats don’t do that, I don’t want them digging up plants in my garden, even if they are going after rodents.
While the deer/rabbit repellent is pretty darn effective against prey animals, my dogs think it smells awesome and want to roll in it when I first apply it. I have a sneaking suspicion that the cats won’t be much deterred by it.
After looking at a few different options I think I’m going to buy a pair of motion activated sprinklers and (once things thaw enough) set one on either long side of the garden. In theory one would cover the garden, but once the tomatoes get tall enough one won’t be enough, so I’ll just start with two. Maybe it’ll help deter the deer too……