Cat-Proof Your Raised Beds

Cat-Proof Your Raised Beds

I like cats, unless they are my neighbor’s.  Our neighbor has two geriatric things that can barely be called cats still, but despite their aged appearance, they are able to leap my four-foot fence with nary a trouble.  They do this so they can use the convenience of my big yard as a litter box, and they especially love my raised garden beds.  Nothing kills the mood of gardening like a big handful of stinky cat poop, I assure you. 

Since you can’t fence cats out, the best option is to create cat-proof raised garden beds, and while this takes a lot of work, extra hassle at weeding time, and certainly some expense, it is well worth the peace of mind of knowing I won’t be getting a little more than I bargained for when I bite into a strawberry.

The best solution I have found is to anchor hardware cloth to a frame made of either PVC or wood, and attach it to the frame of the garden bed.  You can create separate sections that can be pulled away like a door, or have a hinging mechanism to fold back one entire side at a time.  If you want to go super easy, use two solid pieces, one on each side, and bind them together in an A-frame design.  Then, have supports in the middle to make sure they stay up, and just fold back one side at a time when you are ready to work.

It costs money, but it saves the insanity of being suspicious of every speck on your fresh produce, and that peace of mind is priceless.