University of Vermont Extension
Department of Plant and Soil Science
KEEPING CATS OUT OF THE GARDEN
By Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor
University of Vermont
Some people love cats. Others hate them. But whatever your feelings
about felines, chances are you probably don’t want them digging up your
garden. So, what do you do?
First, it helps if you can think like a cat. With the exception of a
few plants, catnip being the main one, cats really aren’t out to destroy
your beloved perennials or garden vegetables. What they really like is
the dirt. Most cats think the outdoors is their litter box, and a patch
of dirt is an invitation to come do their business. It also makes a great
place to play or roll.
One way to keep your own cats from roaming into the neighbor’s garden,