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travelsafar Tue 06-Nov-18 13:59:30

Anyone have a tried and tested solution to cats using your garden as a toilet.We have had two new neighboutrs move in this year both with cats, and both use my front and back garden as a toilet. They also try to hunt the birds who use my feeding station. dont want to harm them but would like a way of detering them.

Maybelle Tue 06-Nov-18 14:19:21

I use a sprinkle over car repellent powder from the garden centre. Very successful.

Izabella Tue 06-Nov-18 14:32:05

Get a cat. You may not think this is a helpful reply, but it does work.

gramma2three Tue 06-Nov-18 15:28:07

my neighbour that moved in last year have two outdoor cats. They were using my flower bed that is right by my front door as a toilet. A friend told me to put down coffee grounds . Every morning i emptied my husbands used coffee grounds to the flower bed. After a week, all activity stopped. I am not sure if it is because they don't like it getting in their paws or if they do not like the smell of coffee...but it has worked for me.

BBbevan Tue 06-Nov-18 15:49:25

Orange peel is also supposed to be a cat deterrent

ninathenana Tue 06-Nov-18 16:19:01

A water pistol aimed just above their head

SpringyChicken Tue 06-Nov-18 17:05:08

Jeyes fluid is very effective in dry weather, the smell lingers for ages. Only apply to hard surfaces, though, paths, walls etc as I think it's not too good for plants.

Izabella Tue 06-Nov-18 17:28:57

Jeyes fluid is toxic to cats and dogs. Please do not use it where they may roam.

Jalima1108 Tue 06-Nov-18 18:08:02

A dog

Ours was very effective even though the cats used to sit on the fence and smirk at him, they didn't jump down if he was in the garden.

SpringyChicken Tue 06-Nov-18 21:41:20

on the Jeyes fluid website, Izabella, Jeyes Fluid outdoor cleaner is recommended for cleaning pet housing and patios .

Deedaa Tue 06-Nov-18 21:45:20

A water pistol is good, or your own cat. I find spreading nice prickly Mahonia prunings over bits of flowerbeds I don't want touched works well with my own cats.

Jalima1108 Tue 06-Nov-18 23:27:09

It says on their website:

Are any of the Jeyes products harmful to pets?
Pets should be kept off the area the product has been applied to until it is completely dry.

Eloethan Wed 07-Nov-18 00:03:31

My son and his partner are absolutely driven to distraction by this problem. They regularly have to pick up thirty or forty lots of cat poo from their garden. We had a cat ourselves and I am reasonably tolerant of other people's cats but I am sure I would find this very annoying.

We use a plug in cat deterrent for our front garden, which seems to work. They generally don't come in the back garden - possibly because we have a dog. We got a plug in deterrent for our son but he says it has made no difference.

harrigran Wed 07-Nov-18 09:54:19

We tried anything and everything to prevent the cards and nothing worked. We were having the fencing changed and opted for smooth metal fencing panels, job done as cats can't get a paw hold. We have not had a cat in our garden for seven years.

harrigran Wed 07-Nov-18 09:55:04

Cards ?, stupid tablet CATS.

Wilma65 Wed 07-Nov-18 10:10:50

Get some of these
A neighbour had problems with cats and put some like this in her garden.problem solved and it didn’t deter birds

PECS Wed 07-Nov-18 10:11:08

Designate a weekend/2or3 days when you will be focussed on cats. Get a large pump action water soaker that kids play with.
When any cat comes into your garden soak it. No lasting harm to cat. It is how I trained mine not to venture in to the front garden of my house which was on a busy main road.

emmasnan Wed 07-Nov-18 10:15:29

If its not a huge area, I find pepper sprinkled around the garden works fairly well.
I just buy a big pot of a supermarket cheap brand.

CarlyD7 Wed 07-Nov-18 10:18:45

SO MANY people have this problem - in my opinion, all cats should be house cats (just as they have to be in part of New Zealand because of the toll on native birds). If they have plenty of things to do, they're fine (except that, of course, owners don't like having to clear up after their pets - they'd much rather other people had to do it).

CarlyD7 Wed 07-Nov-18 10:23:48

We've had a lot of success with keeping cats out (our next door neighbour has 2). On top of the bit of fence and gate we have, we've put prikka strippa (stops them jumping up - they only try once) but by law you HAVE to put a notice on either side to stop humans getting injured (we were glad to have done this to stop our window cleaner climbing over). The bit with a hedge - my husband erected a chicken wire fence at the bottom to close up all the gaps. Then we got a Catwatch (electronic gadget that gives out a signal when anything walks past - dogs, birds, humans, don't hear it but cats do. So far, fingers crossed, it all seems to be working. barriers is definitely the way to go, if you can, so first identify their favourite route in.

Jang Wed 07-Nov-18 10:30:46

Thanks for this thread ladies! We have a problem with cats poo on the front lawn ( in one place)- drives OH mad he's tried all the obv things: orange and cayenne pepper spray, cat repellent powder, netting; nothing works for long. Will try the coffee grounds but they may look unsightly on the lawn. Tried ultrasonic B4 but will give it another try I think. Have mostly sorted the same in back garden by placing apple pruning sticks over every spare area soil.

Camelotclub Wed 07-Nov-18 10:40:36

Cats not a problem here, it's badgers! They dig into the front lawn with their huge claws, little varmints.

paperbackbutterfly Wed 07-Nov-18 10:41:27

Lion poo works for about 3 months. If you don't live by a zoo or safari park (West Midlands safari park sell it) you can buy it from Amazon! It's organic so good for your garden and does not harm animals, just scares them off.

Craftycat Wed 07-Nov-18 10:43:13

We had a talk from RSPB a few months ago & were told that cats cull birds not kill them as no fit healthy bird is ever going to get caught by a cat.

lilihu Wed 07-Nov-18 10:52:53

Oh gosh, that strip stuff sounds cruel! I wouldn’t want to deliberately hurt any animal. Not sure about the Lion poo either - isn’t that cruelty to noses??