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Re: Cats, so...


We have houseplants that the cats are attracted to, and have success using black plastic netting, sometimes used for deterring birds on fruit trees, around the trunks and pots. May be easier to work with than poultry netting.
Cathy
On Friday, April 29, 2005, at 01:14 PM, james singer wrote:

Hi, Libby.

I found a piece of chick wire [aka poultry netting] and sort of put a fence around the trunk. It's high enough--2 feet--to protect the frond boot, so I think that will work. I intend to leave it in place until that frond is history, maybe a year.

By that time the culprit will have been hit by a car [it lives across the street] or something.

On Apr 29, 2005, at 2:04 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:

Mothballs are nasty stuff, better not left out for very long. And of
course they are a death sentence for any insect, good or bad, in range,
and I doubt those cute little anoles will fare very well, either.


Perhaps you could put an oriental rug next to the palm?

Or, this would look odd, but I know a couple people who have used
plastic wrap indoors because the cats don't like it and won't claw it.
Could you, for a short period, wrap the trunk including the boot of the
frond? I know it would be a moisture trap but maybe if it were only for
a couple weeks...


Libby
Maryland zone 6
----
From exoticbird.com:
There are two different formulations for mothballs. One is NAPHTHLALENE
and the other is PARADICHLOROBENZENE. Both are potentially very toxic.
The naphthalene type is more toxic. Both vaporize to produce fumes wich
can cause toxic effects on the central nervous system (possible
seizures) and the liver. Naphthalene can also cause blood disorders (eg
hemolytic anemia).


Mothballs should not be used around birds. Exposures to high
concentrations of vapours of mothballs by humans, especially young
children, can also result in toxicity.




Barbara Tandy <sundrops@earthlink.net> wrote:
And they think soaps aren't important! Most of them make more sense to me
than the world news.
Re moth balls, I have mostly used them to discourage cat peeing in
unacceptable places. Seems to work well. I do have some concerns about the
chemicals in relation to soil and have only left them there briefly till cat
got another habit.
--Barb Tandy (rain just starting here,nothing much, except I wish it would
quit and we could have our rainless season start!)



On Apr 27, 2005, at 3:45 PM, Barbara Tandy wrote:

I have used mothballs putting them on some plastic so as not to
bother
the
soil, and then they kinda evaporate. But probably too small a
solution for
your palm, a cage sounds better.
Cool you are listening to KXPR (Sacramento classical music
station,
folks)! If you like "World Music" you might try the local (to me,
Nevada
County) KVMR.
--Barb Tandy, Grass Valley, CA
----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer"
To:
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cats, so...


Thanks, Barb. But I am afraid the mothballs might harm the palm
more
than the cat. Incidentally, I've been listening to KXPR most of the
afternoon.

On Apr 27, 2005, at 1:46 PM, Barbara Tandy wrote:

Mothballs--
--Barb Tandy, Grass Valley, CA
----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer"
To: "Chat"
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 10:43 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Cats, so...


what do I use to keep a cat from sharpening its claws on the
trunk
of
my bottle palm? Must be the neighbor's cat, which is here a lot;
Beans
has a preference for one of Ms Fatma's Oriental rugs. Anyway,
it's
doing a fair job of shredding the boot of one of the fronds--so
it's
happened more than once [unless it's a Florida panther--and
wouldn't
that be neat!].

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]


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