Subject: Keeping my cat out of the garden
From: bkm8r.galen.med.Virginia.EDU (Barbara Kathleen Miller)
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 18:44:17 GMT
I've just heard from a friend that you can keep a cat from digging in a garden by tossing orange peel around it. Can anyone confirm or deny this from experience? Or can you suggest another way?
From: awalsh.kits.sfu.ca (Anna Lillian Walsh)
>I've just heard from a friend that you can keep a cat from´digging in a garden by tossing orange peel around it.
Yes!!! This should work, especially if you bruise the orange peels first. The down side is that they dry out quickly, & so have to be replaced until your cat gets used to the idea of the garden being a "bad smell place".
My late lamented cat, Kiro, liked to scratch on the cloth-wall-papered walls of my apartment, so I tried rubbing orange peels on the wall, knowing that he absolutely hated the smell. Then I put him down in front of the wall.. He took off like a shot & wouldn't go anywhere near that wall until the smell wore off. I personally can't smell anything (live in a big city, no wonder) & the peels didn't stain or anything.
I always recommend orange peals for training cats; not only is it cheap & easy, but you get your Vit C from eating all those oranges!
PS: I found that Manderin Oranges don't work as well; Navel or Valencia work best.