How to keep the cat out of the sand??

United States
August 17, 2008 9:20am CST
Well, we filled our grand-daughter's turtle sandbox with sand and were so smart and put the lid on it to prevent our cat from using it as a litter box but when we put sand around her slide we weren't thinking...cat litter box! Yep! our cat uses it for a litter box now. Is there anything we can put in it that will repel the cat but not be harmful to our grand-daughter because she loves to try to eat the sand. LOL I am trying to search the topic and found coffee grounds, and some herbs but would love to hear all of your suggestions. Thanks and God bless you!
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@Robin55 (225)
• United States
19 Aug 08
There is no 100% solution to this problem unless you started keeping your cat totally indoors, but it sounds like kitty is too used to being allowed out of doors for that. The box over the sand at the bottome of the slide sounds pretty good, but if there is too big of an area with the sand that option may not be feasible. The best solution would be to remove the sand and instead plant some spongy moss around the area. No sand to attract the cat and still something soft for your granddaughter to land on.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
17 Aug 08
The only suggestion I can come up with is to put some plastic over it and then something heavy such as a wooden box so the cat couldn't move it but you could. Then when you have your granddaughter over, you could move the box so she could play. She sounds rather young so I'm assuming you'll be with her the whole time so you can keep an eye on her as well as the sand at the bottom of the slide. Good luck!
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Have your husband pee around the outside of the area. I'm serious! Animals don't like to go past that line. It worked for me in Arizona and entertained my boys, too!