It sounds like the Luv Doc needs to change his name to the Locked 'n’ Loaded Doc, judging by his overwrought response to a gardener who was simply looking for some tips on discouraging a cat from using her garden as a litter box, not going all Wile E. Coyote on the unsuspecting kitty [“Luv Doc Recommends
,” March 2].
Here are some tips that might actually help the homeowner: Use gravel, stones, or large pieces of pine bark as mulch (cats prefer a soft surface for digging); surround seedlings with pine cones or plastic fork “fences”; buy a motion-activated sprinkler (cats don’t like to get doused); or spray the area weekly with a cat repellent like Liquid Fence. If your yard is fenced, you can cut PVC pipes lengthwise and “clip” them over the top of the fence to prevent cats from gaining a foothold and getting in the yard.
It is because of people in desperate need of anger-management counseling, like the Luv Doc, apparently, that PETA encourages everyone to keep their cats safely indoors. The Luv Doc’s advice may have been tongue-in-cheek, but it is not unusual for angry neighbors to resort to cruel measures to deter free-roaming felines.