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I have a small garden with a little wildlife pond which has always had frogs in it. The neighbours cats started killing off the frogs so i put mess over the pond area to deter them but morning i go out to find the whole pond pulled to pieces muddy paw prints everywhere & no frogs is there any point in resetting the pond up again
As I said on your other thread, cats killing frogs is unusual, at least in the experience of other people. Are you sure that cats have been killing frogs. And are you sure that it was cats that pulled up your mesh. Have you actually seen cats interfering with the mesh.
Don't be detered from keeping a pond. Ponds are useful to very many other creatures besides frogs. Frogs only require a pond in the Spring to deposit spawn. Adult frogs prefer to spend most of thier life on land, in long grass, and similar damp places.
There's another thread about cats and frogs here:http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/wildlife-gardening/help/5652.html
Trying to keep cats away from gardens is another subject, and there are numerous threads on that subject. Have a look at these:
Yep shoot the cats! I dont have one but all neighbours do, and they all come in mine to poo! One of them even sleeps in my shed, and frightens the life out of me every time i open the door - he's the first on my list!!
This sounds like the work of a fox, not a cat. Foxes are very determined, one even pulled out the Barley straw from my pond and scattered it around the lawn. One even dug his teeth into the lining resulting in a hole, they never give up when seeking out prey.
I encourage wildlife in my garden and tolerate cats too. Grace, as with cats, unless I see them myself, I would not blame foxes.For 40 years I have watched cats, foxes badgers and birds in my garden. I have a pond too with fish and frogs but have not seen foxes "attacking " the pond. I have had herons take the fish and seen cats catch frogs and play with them. I rest my case.
You mention Badgers in your post so I assume you live in a country setting. Here in London it is a very different case when it comes to the behaviour of foxes. They are masters at surviving in urban situations and believe me they will stop at nothing to seek out their prey. Last week one climbed to the top of a large tree raiding a squirrel nest. I garden for wildlife in London and welcome all wildlife, including the fox.
No Gracie5, I do not live in the country,assumption can be wrong. I live in the suburbs of a very busy town and am yet to see a fox square up to a squirell. I am 70 and yes, we do have squirells too.
Rachel......the short answer would be Yes but I'm sure you aren't about to do that. I don't know that cats have a significant effect on Frogs.......more birds and small mammals. Keeping your cat in at nights helps with the Frogs tho...........they usually come out of the water evenings/nights so if your cat is tucked up with you indoors, that will help.
Or are you being sarky ?