Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated July 26, 2008)
Not everyone has the luxury of a garage to store their trash until garbage pickup day. If you store your garbage outside, you run the risk of neighborhood cats digging into garbage bags and knocking lids off trash cans to get at food scraps. Even if you do store your trash cans in your garage, cats can still get at your trash cans the day of trash pickup. If you have trouble keeping cats out of your trash, follow these helpful tips to keep felines away and from making a mess of your landscape:
Although it may sound trite, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Take measures to ensure that cats and other animals cannot access your trash and garbage before it happens. Once cats find that your garbage provides a weekly smorgasbord, they will return for more. While it is not pleasant for the garbage man to get a whiff of ammonia or bleach while emptying your trash, those chemicals can be quite effective as a deterrent to animals. If you choose to use chemicals as prevention for cats digging through your trash, make sure that you simply use a small spray, and do not allow inches of the liquid to accumulate in the can or can liner.
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