Cats crapping in my garden,including my own!

(21 Posts)
conkerpods Fri 11-Mar-16 10:08:31

So,our lawn doesn't grow brilliantly and its muddy round the edges. All the neighbouring cats and even our own bloody cat are pooing there. My own cat will also happily crap in the flower bed whilst looking right at me!
Are there any deterrents that actually work?Water pistols no good as we are not in all the time and it would be a full time job!
Have seen mixed reviews about lion poo.
Help!

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 10:09:56

Do you have litter trays for your own cats?

AnthonyBlanche Fri 11-Mar-16 10:19:46

Er where do you think your own cats should be pooing? I hope not in someone else's garden.

NerrSnerr Fri 11-Mar-16 10:21:50

Where do you expect your cats to poo? If you don't want them pooing in your garden they need to be going in a litter tray.

Vinorosso74 Fri 11-Mar-16 10:38:56

Is it definitely cats on the lawn as cats usually prefer to dig? Could be foxes either.
We have a corner in our garden our cat likes to use and we try to keep that soil looser for her and she only goes in that area (well I think so anyway). If you have a cat you need to expect them to go in your garden.
For interlopers a squirt with a water pistol-we used that technique to get rid of a big bully tomcat too.

conkerpods Fri 11-Mar-16 11:19:29

It's not foxes as we can see all the cats doing it,and it's definitely cat poo. They half heartedly cover it up but now there's piles of the stuff.
No we don't have a litter tray as the cat has a cat flap to come and go as he pleases. Even if we did get a litter tray all the other cats will still go in our garden,doesn't solve the problem does it confused

IrenetheQuaint Fri 11-Mar-16 11:23:04

Stick upturned twigs in the relevant areas. Not failsafe but better than anything else I've tried.

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 11:29:58

Then your cat is possibly looking 'right at' you for praise because they're using the right place. It won't be defiance - why should it be?

I'd acquire trays directly because then - if your own cat(s) learn to use them - you can concentrate the better on outside issues.

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 11:33:33

PS - and if their are 'piles' all over the beds, get rid of them directly and fork over the soil. You don't need to be the local toilet, smell-wise at least.

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 11:34:24

*there

FrikkaDilla Fri 11-Mar-16 11:34:30

I'm delighted to read that your cats are pooing in your garden.

Proof if needed that some people should not own cats if they have to ask questions like this.

conkerpods Fri 11-Mar-16 11:39:46

I don't mind my own cat crapping in the garden but it has become a toilet for loads of other cats,like they're attracted to it or something.
I take it some posters on this thread would be totally fine with it then,even when their kids come in having trodden in it?
Thanks to those of you that have given helpful advice.

conkerpods Fri 11-Mar-16 11:41:07

Frikkadilla Do you think I shouldn't be a cat owner then?

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 11:45:33

Poo seems to attract poo. grin It's as if one cat depositing gives the green light to others to do the same.

I'd start by getting a tray or two and clearing/forking over the earth beds. Then you can address the issue with a clear mind.

RubbishMantra Fri 11-Mar-16 14:01:19

Those devices for sifting out stones from the soil can be used for poo-sifting., like the things they used for panning for gold.

My cats gaze happily at me whilst doing the do in poo corner. Then once they've killed all the plants including my beautiful honeysuckle <cries> they systematically move onto the next lot of plants to exterminate.

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 14:05:29

I'm a trowel person. The thought of a soft poo getting all over a garden sieve rather puts me off their use. smile

cosmicglittergirl Fri 11-Mar-16 14:09:31

If it's the grass, try keeping it short. I get loads of cats shitting on my lawn. I used to stick cut up straws into the soil around delicate plants to deter them pooing there.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 11-Mar-16 16:59:07

Mine has a tray & still poos outside. He's hardly going to come back to poo when he can dig in someone's garden.

dodobookends Fri 11-Mar-16 17:36:10

Get rid of all the turds first, then chuck down some deterrent. Save all your orange & other citrus peel, chop it up and scatter over the flower beds. Also, get a tube of garlic puree, and mix one tablespoon per watering can, and water all the plants and the earth with it. The plants take up the garlic smell, and that and the smell of citrus peel will deter them.

Might be kind if you leave a small area free for your cat to use though.

cozietoesie Fri 11-Mar-16 18:37:58

The Lodger moved in with us - from the street - and then decided he'd prefer to use a tray. It can happen. smile

conkerpods Sat 12-Mar-16 00:03:06

Some great tips there,thanks.
I chucked down some orange peel today. Will get some garlic.

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