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To be horrified to see cat sh*t right at the top of my garden near my door?

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TKKW Thu 24-Apr-14 10:51:00

1st post on aibu. please be nice. Oh, and Im not being hysterical, just need some advice/opinions.

38 weeks pregnant, went out to hang some washing on line and what did i nearly stand in ... cat poo, i think.

Can anyone help? Sorry to be detailed but is it actually cat poo? Its dark browny grey but more grey. Its about 6 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter (sp?).

What do I do? If i lift it with something, how do i deal with the residue? I dont have bleach in the house.

How do I stop this happening? I want DC1 who is 3 to be able to play outside but worried now.

I know cats will crap where they want and I dont know whose cat has left this particular one but i suspect it it the next door one as Ive seen that cat crap on an area we were getting turfed and it was bare soil.

Very upsetting.

Ive covered it loosely with a bag and slightly weighted it down as im scared to go near it in case the cat hasn't been wormed or had any parasite vaccination if thats what they should get.

It may be fox poo - cat poo is normal brown well poo colour and fox poo tends to be darker, more grey.

Just put your hand inside a plastic bag, pick it up and put it in another plastic bag - this way you won't be touching it at all - and then just give your hands a thorough rinse.

If it's fox poo you can't stop it happening. It's not that upsetting really, not in the grand scheme of things. Stop over thinking it.

Darksideofthemoon88 Thu 24-Apr-14 10:54:30

Are you kidding? Of course YABU. The cat's owners have no control whatsoever over where it poos and unfortunately sometimes that may be in your garden (unlikely to be nextdoor's cat though - they usually prefer to leave their muck further from home). Cat poo isn't usually grey either, but I'm sure there's a far bit of variety, so god knows. Depending on the area you live in, could be anything!

As for cleaning it up, just lift it into a bag with a shovel or some such and then pour some hot soapy (washing-up liquid will do fine) water over it. Use a sweeping brush if you need to.

FuckyNell Thu 24-Apr-14 10:55:18

Yabu. It's not going to eat you or kill you.

Put a pair of marigolds on and pick it up with a carrier bag and then bin it.

Then call environmental health for a hazardous waste disposal team to collect it wink

Catsmamma Thu 24-Apr-14 10:56:25

You will have to least 50 miles away.

or alternatively follow advice of PP. AND calm it down a bit.

Methe Thu 24-Apr-14 10:56:34

Good God! Re read your op then have a word with yourself op. Don't be so bloody ridiculous.

HoldOnHoldOnSoldier Thu 24-Apr-14 10:57:04

Talk about an overreaction hmm

pick it up and put it in the bin fgs.

Latara Thu 24-Apr-14 10:57:30

Could be cat poo, could be fox poo. But what it's origins are is irrelevant really, it's poo and it needs to be got rid of.

Get a plastic bag and cover the poo with kitchen roll, then pick up the poo in the plastic bag and put it in your outside bin. Spray the area with antibacterial spray. Wash your hands thoroughly.

If you see a cat pooing then squirt it with water or shout loudly.
If it's a fox then you need fox repellent.

Happily it's not my cat, she always uses her tray (for me to clean up!!).

Blithereens Thu 24-Apr-14 10:58:56

'Very upsetting.' grin Mate it's just cat poo. Calm down! Put it in the bin and go about your day.

Latara Thu 24-Apr-14 10:58:56

I had a problem with fox poo in my garden - so I used fox repellent and it worked.

I had a problem with cat poo so I got my own cat and it worked!

gordyslovesheep Thu 24-Apr-14 10:59:06

goodness me - you'll have to deal with lots of poo when baby arrives -

get some kitchen roll or a plastic bag, pick it up, bin it - wash hands - job done

unless you are considering licking the floor you don't need to bleach it

and it sounds like fox poo to me

JonSnowsPout Thu 24-Apr-14 10:59:48

Just pick it up with a bag and bin it.

LokiDokey Thu 24-Apr-14 11:00:00

Horrified is a reaction held for something much much worse than a small pile of poo.


TKKW Thu 24-Apr-14 11:01:31

Funny responses and i mean humorous.

Of course i KNOW its not the it end of the world!!!!!

I was looking for advice on how to dispose and how to ensure any potentially harmful (toxoplasmosis) residue can be minimised.

thank you

BornToFolk Thu 24-Apr-14 11:02:49

What surface is it on?

It is just poo. Put some rubber gloves on, pick it up, bag it, bin it. If you can wash the surface, then do. Then wash your hands well. It'll be fine!

TKKW Thu 24-Apr-14 11:07:04

its on grass BornTo.

BerniesBurneze Thu 24-Apr-14 11:07:22

Bag is as described. Use a nail brush and a bucket of diluted bleach and water and scrub. Through brush away. Fill bucket up with clean water then tip over area.

Then spray with anti bac if you must.

I'm sorry, yabu but you can't help what terrifies you so that's the best way yo deal with it withouy upsetting yourself or worrying.

Youre 38 weeks pg. You're allowed a freak out flowers

BerniesBurneze Thu 24-Apr-14 11:08:05

Oh sorry I thpught it was a step. Just through water snd washing up liquid over area then.

BerniesBurneze Thu 24-Apr-14 11:08:43

I hate this fucking phone!

Tweasels Thu 24-Apr-14 11:10:24

Oh dear. Just get rid of it, you'll be fine. Wear gloves, and wash hands afterwards to be extra careful. What do you think pregnant people with actual cats that live in their house do?

Bless you though, you've gave me a giggle.

MsBumble Thu 24-Apr-14 11:16:37

Calm down OP. I've got cats and have managed to have 3 children without contracting any horrific diseases. The risk of toxoplasmosis is extremely low/non-existent if you keep your hands covered and wash them thoroughly.

Follow the advice here on disposing of it. Job done!

TKKW Thu 24-Apr-14 11:23:54

Tweasels, they probably deal with it given they chosen to have a pet and they know what veterinary treatments they've given their cats.

I dont like it and its the tiny remnants that will inevitably remain on the grass.

Seriously though, I am an over reactor and thanks for the advice.

TKKW Thu 24-Apr-14 11:25:25

Needed a vent and I was partly being serious and partly being OTT with my opening post.

scarletforya Thu 24-Apr-14 11:28:39


My Dd came home from creche with DOG POO on her favorite trainers so I could not throw them out. Got disposable gloves, hot water, bleach and an old scrubbing brush and scrubbed the poo off. Then threw away gloves, brush and bucket.

Animal poo is disgusting.

BornToFolk Thu 24-Apr-14 11:30:25

Just rinse the grass then. Try not to worry about "remnants", it'll get washed away.
It's not nice picking up poo, especially when it doesn't belong to your pet!

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