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I hear that you can buy a plant that smells like a dog and keeps the cats out of your garden but dont know what its called can you please help and tell me if its true and what its called please

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  • Posted: Fri. 26th September 2008 10:03

Scardy cat

Reply from Georgie

I think the plant you are looking for might be known as 'scardy cat' or Coleus Canina. I don't grow it so I have no idea if it works.

If I want to keep cats off my border I use cuttings of Pyracantha. Holly, Berberis, Mahonia or any other prickly shrub would be just as effective.

  • Posted: Sat. 27th September 2008 11:03

Stopping cats into my garden

Reply from Marissa Zoppellini

Hi, I have heard of Coleus canina too, you can get it from Thompson & Morgan. Patches of dry open ground are attractive to cats for toileting, so good ground cover is a deterrent, it is said that they don't like scented plants in general very much either.

  • Posted: Sat. 27th September 2008 11:19

Lion Roar

Reply from Pam Gallagher

Try Lion Roar, it really works!

It's available from lots of sites & may vary in price, here's one link...............


  • Posted: Mon. 29th September 2008 13:05

cats in the garden

Reply from C M Velarde

I have always found that if you cut off three feet of garden hose and leave it coiled on the grass cats give it a wide berth, as they think it's a snake!

  • Posted: Wed. 1st October 2008 09:02

Scardy cat

Reply from CD

I'm not sure if it's the same thing but I saw a plant with that name a few weeks ago and made the mistake of rubbing the leaves to see what it smelled lke -EUGH- it smelled just like skunk, incredibly strong, but only when rubbed. I can see it would be off-putting to cat's but you'd have to place it somewhere where you wouldn't need to touch it yourself.

  • Posted: Sat. 26th September 2009 11:02

Re: Stopping cats into my garden

Reply from Ornamental Tree Nurseries

You could try broken up egg shell if there is an area that they enter and exit from often.

  • Posted: Tue. 9th November 2010 15:15

Re: Stopping cats into my garden

Reply from Margaret Smith

The plant you mean is coleus canina I bought some to scare away cats but it didn,tstop them comming into garden. The only thing that seems to work is a washing up bottle filled with water at the ready.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th April 2012 14:30