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To not want to suffer other people's cats in our own gardens??

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Kione Fri 14-Oct-16 10:46:00

They have peed on DP veggies, they have some acidic pee or something that killed strawberries? I do not touch anything that grows in our garden as I am pregnant. Bliming unfair.
One killed mt DD's bunny last year, bunny was about 12 weeks old. Can you imagine DD's heartbreak?? I well up just remembering.
There is one that has made his den in the front garden bushes, the grass around his den is gone and he is there all day.
Yesterday I stood on poo in my own garden.
I am seriously pissed off now!!!

CockacidalManiac Fri 14-Oct-16 11:00:17

Water pistols and lion poo?

WaitrosePigeon Fri 14-Oct-16 11:00:53

<sits down with tea and biscuits>

someonestolemynick Fri 14-Oct-16 11:04:58

Well, what do you think should happen. I find it cruel to keep my cats indoors so they go out and to just like wildlife does.
You still have foxes and badgers coming into your garden even if everyone kept their cats in.
It is possible to cat proof a garden and there are a number of deterrents you can put down but the onus is on you.

cbigs Fri 14-Oct-16 11:07:42

I can understand you not liking it op but it's just cats being cats...

herbwife Fri 14-Oct-16 11:08:38

You could try scattering orange peel around your borders, the little buggers hate the smell. Sprinkle the 'den' with pepper that should persuade the squatter to move. hth

SueGeneris Fri 14-Oct-16 11:09:53

I just picked up my guitar, played it, put it back. Thought 'oh, DS has dribbled on it.'

Nope. Cat piss. Our cat died in 2012. There is a cat that is pushing our cat flap through so it falls out of the hole. And evidently thought it would claim my guitar.

Furry bastard.

We have the cat poo problem in our garden too but I'm not sure there's much you can do.

Not helpful, sorry.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Fri 14-Oct-16 11:10:13

We have cats and I tell neighbours to squirt them if they are annoying and that I am happy to come over if they make a mess. Have heard that citrus is a good deterrent too. We also have litter trays inside and out. Can you find out who owns the culprits and see if you can find some solutions? I know my cats and one would not be phased by water squirting but she is slow (in many ways) and you can just pick her up and plonk her down anywhere so easily returned home. The other would hate water or loud noises though. You can get paper 'is this your cat collars' to help locate owner. If you can catch them!

SoupDragon Fri 14-Oct-16 11:10:38

I was going to suggest a water pistol too.

I'm surprised a cat went for a rabbit though.

Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Oct-16 11:10:49

<sits down next to WaitrosePigeon>

TheCatsMother99 Fri 14-Oct-16 11:11:26

I'm suddenly very aware of my user name.

You can't really stop cats from going in your garden, just like you can't stop foxes or any other animal, but you could do things to try to put them off going. There are things you can put in soil that cats don't like, I'd also leave a water pistol by your back door and squirt any cats you see. I have to do this to a neighbouring cat who bullies one of mine, I've only had to squirt it a couple of times and it won't dare come in my garden any more.

ToastDemon Fri 14-Oct-16 11:11:29

Why didn't you have the rabbit indoors?
Round my way foxes will get them if they're out, are you sure it wasn't a fox?

clare2307 Fri 14-Oct-16 11:12:26

I don't understand people who get so worked up over cats. Surely with all the wildlife roaming around it's inevitable these things will happen, whether it's cats or foxes or whatever! We have magpies in the trees in our garden, they are loud & poop on our windows outdoor toys and outdoor furniture, it's a part of life! I am however sorry about your DD's bunny and her distress over it, but if a cat managed to get to it, so would have a fox.

littlepippip Fri 14-Oct-16 11:12:43

Get over it, there are plenty of other animals peeing on your veg too, just wash them. I have to deal with dog shit in the street and little bags of dog shit hung up like Christmas decorations everywhere but that's life, it won't change....

TheCatsMother99 Fri 14-Oct-16 11:13:22

I'm also very surprised a cat went for a rabbit too btw, foxes are known to get in rabbit hutches but I've never known a cat manage it

CaptainWarbeck Fri 14-Oct-16 11:15:06

It's what cats do though isn't it? You can buy pellet type things to put down to deter them. I just really can't get worked up about this.

Sparklingbrook Fri 14-Oct-16 11:19:39

i am boggling at the cat having a 'den'. Does that just mean the cat is asleep in a hedge all day? The grass may be a bit flattened in that case.

Notso Fri 14-Oct-16 11:24:03

Get some kind of cat eating pet.

BestZebbie Fri 14-Oct-16 11:27:33

Can you cover up your veggies? If they are growing in raised beds you can use chicken wire arches that you peg down, for example, or bird nets. There is a product called a strawberry net that is specifically designed to prevent random wildlife damaging your strawberries.

TinnedChickenSoupCunt Fri 14-Oct-16 11:29:19

<sits down next to WaitrosePigeon and SparklingBrook>

IceRoadDucker Fri 14-Oct-16 11:30:29

YABU about the rabbit. Its death is your fault for not housing it safely. Anyone with a brain knows predators will be roaming around gardens.

YABU for referring to cats in your garden as something that makes you "suffer."

YABU for being upset about animal poo and pee outside. Do you really think cats are the only animals using your garden as a toilet?

Put some repellents down and, meanwhile, try to get some perspective. And don't get another rabbit unless you're going to care for it properly.

Yawnyawnallday Fri 14-Oct-16 11:30:42

Get some anti cat stuff fromb&q and put it around your veggies. Cat lover here. Or lion poo or whatever works.

HermioneJeanGranger Fri 14-Oct-16 11:36:22

Are you sure it was a cat that ate the rabbit? I've never known a cat to manage to get in a rabbit hutch, unless it wasn't locked properly, in which case it was your fault, not the cats.

If you catch the cat peeing, spray it with water. It shouldn't take long before it learns and goes elsewhere.

InTheseFlipFlops Fri 14-Oct-16 11:39:27

If its a raised bed to a cat it looks like you've made them an amazing giant cat litter tray.
You need to cover your veggies, it will be foxes etc as well weeing in there.
I have seen cats go for wild rabbits not pet ones though. Foxes do attack in the day as well so if it wasn't secure from a cat it wouldn't be a fox either. Whoever got it, flowers im sorry.

best deterant, get your own cat! Den cat sounds cute, I've a cheeky cat that visits for tickles, blanks me in the street though.

BowieFan Fri 14-Oct-16 11:39:33

Meh. Cats are just animals at the end of the day, and if it wasn't cats pissing on your veg it would be badgers, foxes or various other pests. I'd much rather deal with a bit of cat shit than pigeon shit everywhere.

We have four cats, three dogs and a menagerie of other animals. It's cruel to keep cats inside all the time but our cats don't stray that far anyway. If they do shit/piss outside, none of our neighbours have ever complained. But then again, we do live rurally and so they deal with things like this all the time.

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