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Keeping furry animals out of container ponds

Have any suggestions on this? Around my parts, the most likely fish predators are cats and raccoons. I have read that dosing a few ounces of bitter apple will put a quick end to raccoon visits, but what about cats?
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Can't swear to it but i've heard that sprinkling red pepper (like what you'd put on pizza) around it should keep cats away.
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Hardware cloth.

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I've had two dogs, back-to-back that insisted on EATING the dirt in potted plants that were within their reach. I finally resorted to cutting a circle of hardware cloth to fit the size of the pot and bend the edges down. Spray painted it a decent shade of brown and problem solved. Gonna have to do the same when I set up the container on the deck this weekend as I have to worry about an assortment of hawks on the list too. We have a 15 year old in-and-out cat that I'm just astonished has managed to live as long as he has.

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I must use chicken wire over top's of bait tank's I have out door's to keep out raccoon's,possum's,and several neighborhood cat's.
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...I more meant things that would not harm the aesthetic value of the pond, if possible.
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To each their own.
For me,it's more important to keep critter's from killing/eating my bait.
Creek chub's,Perch,young carp.
Spend a lotta time catchin em ,the chicken wire is normally only needed at night when the four legged critter's are most devious.
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...I more meant things that would not harm the aesthetic value of the pond, if possible.
If you spray paint the hardware cloth the right color, it's a LOT less noticeable. Just like I sprayed it brown to fit over the big flower pots in the house to keep my dog from eating the dirt. Saved my plants and my dog's life. Not perfect but it works well and doesn't look bad at all, but then life's full of compromises.

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