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Has this horrible thing ever happen to your trees?

Post  katsols on Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:39 am

I have an azalea in a training pot and i kept it outside. I come to check it out a day later and it REAKS! of cat piss. What to dooo No
the soil smells and the flowers too, i don't care much about the flowers because i'm cutting them off anyway. Is there any way to deter cats away?

p.s. will this affect my azalea in a negative way? im cutting the flowers as im typing, i cleaned it with water a lil and still smells sooo bad T_T gonna take two showers after this.


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Post  Orion on Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:44 am

I'd run a lot of water through it.

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Has this ever happened to you?

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:18 am

Can you find out whose cat it is? Cats should be kept indoors.
Easiest solution is to get an old cage & keep your plant in it.
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Post  David D on Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:48 am

I put hardware cloth over the soil, kept my 2 cats out of it as well as squirrels from digging. I lost 2 trees to cat pee and I tried rinsing the soil many times for one and rinsing the roots off of one and repotting it. Both died, good luck. Cat urine is between 6.0 and 6.4 in a healthy cat but is very concentrated.

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Post  Bob Pressler on Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:08 am

A good pellet or bb gun works.

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Post  katsols on Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:29 am

bonsaisr wrote:Can you find out whose cat it is? Cats should be kept indoors.
Easiest solution is to get an old cage & keep your plant in it.
Iris

I wish =\ there's a few grocery store cats roaming around and some of people around where i live let their cats out.

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Post  0soyoung on Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:37 am

I can't say that I have ever had this problem. However, were you to grow your azaleas in Turface MVP (or similar material), most of the pee would run right though and the residual likely would be a good nitrogen fertilizer. Urea is a good nitrogen source but is too "hot". You can run water through Turface to your heart's content and so accomplish anything from diluting the urea to routinely washing it and its smell away completely without any "overwatering" of your azalea.

Please note that I am not trying to sell Turface MVP. I am only suggesting that switching to a material with similar basic properties for your bonsai soil might solve this problem as well as give you some other benefits.

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Post  marcus watts on Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:31 am

haha, if you were typing and cutting flowers at the same time your computer will smell too Twisted Evil Very Happy

IO think it is a male tom cat 'spraying' to mark territory that smells very strong rather than a cat having a pee. loads of products are reported to deter cats - if it becomes a regular problem

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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:43 am

My cat just LOVES my olives...she wants to roll herself in them....I placed theese trees on a stand. That does the trick Smile

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Post  Fore on Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Animals can be difficult, esp. when they are not yours! I hope you can wash out that cat urine!

In fact, just last night, I busted my German Shepherd dog jumping up a good 3' to eat the Turface and organic cakes! I couldn't believe it! Now I too like David am going to have to put hardware wiring over the trees on pedestals! Darn animals!

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Post  lordy on Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:49 pm

Get a dog. If that isnt practical, find a dog groomer and get some dog hair and put it near your trees. The smell might just keep the "fragrant feline" away, like putting human hair where deer graze on landscape plants and veggies.

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Post  katsols on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:28 pm

Thank you everyone =] i will definitely try all these, to putting the plant on a high pedestal where a cat can't reach to putting dog hair on it.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:07 am

I had the same problem and tried everything I knew then I got a few mouse traps to put around my trees . My cat will not even come close to my benches any more nor will the local squirerls.

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Re: Has this horrible thing ever happen to your trees?

Post  Fore on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:13 am

Seth Ellwood wrote:I had the same problem and tried everything I knew then I got a few mouse traps to put around my trees . My cat will not even come close to my benches any more nor will the local squirerls.

Good Idea!

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Re: Has this horrible thing ever happen to your trees?

Post  Bonsai Kas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:59 pm

bonsaisr wrote:Cats should be kept indoors.
I disagree on this very strongly, no creature should be kept indoors if it doesn't chose to do so, just like your trees. If it were birds pooping on your trees you wouldn't want to put all the birds in cages too would you.
This aside, if you live in the middle of a city than you shouldn't have your pet be a bother to others, this also goes for all the dog lovers who's poo lovingly fills the crevices of my soles on a regular basis. Sadly the cat's owner probably doesn't read your topic.

Ontopic; unions and coffee slurry works miracles on cats, they absolutely resent the smell.


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Post  Bonsai Kas on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:01 pm

Bob Pressler wrote:A good pellet or bb gun works.
Imagine someone doing the same on your pets or trees!?
I'm amazed a lover of nature and trees can show such sadism towards animals...

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Post  Fore on Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:46 pm

I had an easier solution than hardware cloth, nylon bird netting. Much easier to fit to a pot and can be tacked down with roofing nails.

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