As the owner of 3 (admittedly cat-sized ) dogs, the litter tray is not my natural habitat but I need cat advice so I appeal to you experts....
...a local cat has taken to using my front garden as it's litter tray. I have a very narrow flower bed, about a foot wide, running parallel to the path and that is where it is pooing and not burying the poo. The first deposit I found while gardening - without gloves - <boak.>
It has since reused the spot several times and today was an especially smelly, soft example (sorry if you've just eaten).
Now, being the owner of dogs I am completely comfortable with picking up poo, I pick up a lot, but obviously I'd prefer not to have to pick up other people's animals, and I'd prefer people not to be wondering what the small is when they walk up to my house!
Anything I can do to deter it? I have no idea which of the local cats is the offender and can't easily see the front path so I can't be spraying it. Is there anything I can put down or grow to discourage this?
Try putting moth balls down. A neighbour used to do this and said it worked. There is a plant called scaredy cat(sp) that is supposed to repel cats although I have no experience of this, but if you like gardening you might find it and have some success. Good luck
Another vote for mothballs. They are cheap and really do work. I've also heard that orange peel is a good deterrent, but haven't ever tried it. Our old girl asks to come in to use her litter tray and then goes straight back out again.
Moth balls certainly work The most inexpensive (and effective!) solution is to have partner/brother/father/any male you can persuade pee over the area. Seriously ...scent marking is a strong deterrent. However, given that is is a front garden, you may want to ask for the fix to be handled very late at night and veeeery discreetly