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How can I stop my neighbours cats using my garden as their litter tray!!!

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Poppiesway Fri 23-Oct-15 18:08:57

Firstly; I do like cats, I have two of my own who are now elderly boys at 16. But my neighbour has recently took in a kitten who's about 5 months now. And for some reason he's taken to using the slate and stones in my garden as his area to poop on. I deliberately didn't have pea shingle down so they wouldn't use it I have big Chunky stones.
As it kept digging up my winter pansies and messing on the borders I've put tinfoil down over the border in an attempt to stop him (my DC say they look like they live in a mad house now!) it's worker and kept him off the garden but he still messes in the stones.

What do I do??!! I've moaned to my neighbour, but I know you can't control a cat.
I've put bottles of water about as was told they didn't like their reflection..
my cats are too old to be bothers by him and just watch him from the comfort of the windowsill..

After clearing up three piles of diarrhoe today and shooing it off I'm close to bagging it up and putting it on my neighbours doorstep for them to have in their bin stinking it out... Arghhhh

coffeeisnectar Fri 23-Oct-15 23:51:53

Can neighbour supply a litter tray to go in your garden which they maintain which can be gradually moved back to his own garden? It's the only thing I can think of, sorry!

gingeroots Sat 24-Oct-15 09:02:04

We keep litter trays indoors for our 2 cats to prevent this .Could your neighbour do this ???
Can you tell her it's actually quite a problem ? IME people just don't think and sail along with no awareness ..

how about the fox deterrent of sprinkling chilli powder on the preferred areas??

FartemisOwl Sat 24-Oct-15 09:07:35

I don't think there's much you can do as a deterrent, but perhaps if your neighbour is a reasonable person, she'd be willing to come over and clear it up now and then? I offer to do it for my neighbour as I regularly see my cat nipping over her fence and feel awful blush

IrenetheQuaint Sat 24-Oct-15 09:09:56

Upturned pointy sticks is the best way of deterring cats, but harder with stones. Still, worth a go? Apparently lemon/orange peel sometimes works too.

SacredHeart Sat 24-Oct-15 09:10:56

Let them know (might not change anything) and get a super soaker. Especially as they are kittens breaking the habit should be easier.

n.b. I have cats and fully support people using water (only water mind) to scare off cats from their garden.

marmaladegranny Sat 24-Oct-15 09:11:42

If you can 'shoot' NDN's cat with a water pistol a few times when it is on your stones that may deter it.

Mouthfulofquiz Sat 24-Oct-15 09:29:26

Who the hell actually has time to sit and wait with a bloody water pistol!! Just have a word with your neighbour and tell them that their pet shitting in your garden is disgusting and what can she suggest to sort it out. It can have a litter tray in her own house.

SacredHeart Sat 24-Oct-15 09:39:59

mouthful in an ideal world that would work. In fact, in an ideal world people would have indoor cats with fully enclosed gardens (the standard in the US and Aus).

But, that's not real life and in real life people have the right to let their cats roam free and choose to do so without a care for their neighbour.

Mouthfulofquiz Sat 24-Oct-15 09:46:33

Oh I know, it's just so frustrating to be on the shitty end of the stick, so to speak!

VeryPunny Sat 24-Oct-15 12:17:02

Um, where did you think your cats were crapping for all those years? Guess now you realise how annoying it isgrin

I have some large stones in my borders which I spray with Jeyes fluid - the smell keeps them away and it also acts as a disinfectant. It works best sprayed onto a hard surface, although some people soak teabags in it (use ready to use spray or dilute according to the instructions). Yes, the neat stuff is dangerous to cats and dogs but they have to either drink it roll in it for it to cause problems and generally they aren't that stupid. Also I figure if owners really cared they'd keep their pets indoors, especially since cats are so likely to be hit by cars.

I've also tried lion poo, available from garden centres which does work but is expensive.I don't have time to sit and wait with a water pistol either.

Poppiesway Sat 24-Oct-15 12:49:20

I have two litter trays indoor for mine and one by the back door which they've always used. Luckily we back on to farmland so they've had a big area to roam but the neighbours cat is loving my stones.

I spoke to her and asked if she had a litter tray and if not maybe to get one but just got a mouth full back. she wasn't happy that I told her about the runs and there was blood in it, she said it needed worming and that was why.. No apology for having diarrhoea all over the slate and stones.

I've looked at a ultras sonic sound thing on Amazon so maybe can get one of them.
They did have lions poo but not too well rated but any things worth a try at the moment!

Tarrarra Tue 17-Nov-15 22:56:16

I soak an old tea bag in olbas oil and put it in the border, needs replacing every few weeks but seems to have stopped next door's cat pooping right by my front door!

echt Wed 18-Nov-15 06:57:44

Satay sticks, pointy end up.

I have a cat and seek to discourage her digginess.

They work treat and are cheap.

oliveoyl72 Wed 18-Nov-15 14:05:31

I tried an ultra sound gadget and it did no good whatsoever.

The way I stopped it was a fence of chicken wire around the area - a nuisance for me for a while, but eventually they found somewhere else to go.

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