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Dear Christopher Cat

Our cat, Mango, relieves herself in the large potted plants scattered throughout our house. How can we stop this behavior?

Christopher Responds

You need to do two things: Make Mango’s litter boxes more appealing than the potted plants, and take measures to dissuade her from using the soil in your pots.

First, entice Mango to use her litter boxes by situating them in quiet, private locations on each floor of your home. Most of us cats prefer at least one more box than the number of felines in the family.

Offer both covered and uncovered boxes. Choose one or two brand-name clumping litters that are soft and unscented. Scoop twice daily to keep the boxes scrupulously clean.

Then, to make it more difficult for Mango to use the potted plants, cover the soil with decorative river stones that are too large for her to dig through. If that doesn’t work, cover the surface with aluminum foil.

If necessary, set up a pet repellent system such as the SSSCat, which couples a motion detector with a hissing noisemaker. The SSSCat finally persuaded me to mind my manners.

In no time, Mango will decide that her litter boxes are far superior to your potted plants.

 

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