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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.

inishowen Wed 07-Nov-18 11:38:44

We had a cat for 20 years. She never used our garden as a toilet. I dread to think where she was going. Sorry I don't have an answer to your problem.

missdeke Wed 07-Nov-18 11:41:38

My cat will drink orange juice so I can't see that orange peel would work if he caused a nuisance! He's still an indoor cat at the moment. * Jang* are you sure it's cat's poo on the lawn? It's unusual for a cat to not at least attempt to bury it. When I saw what I thought was cat's poo on my lawn it turned out to be a hedgehog, so i now have a resident hedgehog that I feed.

Theoddbird Wed 07-Nov-18 11:42:21

I get fed up of dog poo that owners don't clear up.

nanav123 Wed 07-Nov-18 11:52:51

Cat repellent grit from Wilko's is the best around'

Millie22 Wed 07-Nov-18 11:54:11

Lemon juice and cocktail sticks. And cats do get healthy birds unfortunately.

Newatthis Wed 07-Nov-18 12:31:37

Try this site. (I haven't so don't know if it works but put in an Internet search and numerous products come up - even organic ones!

Gelisajams Wed 07-Nov-18 12:34:08

I have found a battery operated ‘scaredy cat’ cat scarer works well together with leaving my rose clippings at their favourite entrance /exit point. I also occasionally throw a pan of water in their direction so they get splashed and startled but not soaked. They still walk through but tend not to linger long enough to leave their calling card.
Before using the cat scarer make sure all previous deposits are cleared and that the cat scarer is on the right frequency setting for cats as some of the scarers are for verminas well.

ExaltedWombat Wed 07-Nov-18 13:19:33

Place a 'FOR SALE, TOP-QUALITY CAT POO' stall at your gate. Make sure that all bags disappear over the day, and that the money jar fills up. Your neighbours will soon take steps to keep all the valuable resource for themselves!

oldgaijin Wed 07-Nov-18 13:31:26

Stick sprigs of holly in the garden...not comfortable up a cat's bum.

Granny1London Wed 07-Nov-18 14:04:06

It seems a bit odd to use a cat repellant on your son!

moobox Wed 07-Nov-18 14:31:25

We have two solar powered cat deterrents, which seem to work. Our neighbour said she saw a cat enter, but then scoot around the area to avoid the device.

TyneAngel Wed 07-Nov-18 15:38:29

I've tried most of the above and lots more, but what I have found to absolutely work is scattering mothballs. You can't buy them at hardware stores new (health and safety??) but they are readily available on the internet. Good luck!

TyneAngel Wed 07-Nov-18 15:39:10

…..hardware shops now..... duh....

Lib51 Wed 07-Nov-18 15:42:34

My son has a similar problem, but with foxes. They are very bold and will actually stare one down when they are spotted. He has tried several methods of ridding the garden of them, but to no avail.

Joelise Wed 07-Nov-18 16:04:16

Lemon juice and orange peel didn’t work on our garden, but have great success with used coffee grounds, we collect them up for a few days, and then spoon them on to the areas favoured by the cats .

Auntieflo Wed 07-Nov-18 16:13:59

We also have this problem. I think our neighbourhood cats pick and choose where and when they will poo, as it’s not an everyday occurence. I used to think cats buried their poo, but read that dominant cats do not, and a more submissive cat will bury theirs, so the dominant ones don’t smell them. It’s a sort of marker for the others in the area.
I tried Lions Roar, which worked, then ran out.
Get Off my Garden, Cat and Dog repellent,is another good one, and smells quite nice. It is a sort of gel crystals.
I tried chilli, cayenne and curry powder, as a mix, don’t know if it kept the cats away, but made me sneeze.
At the moment, I have covered any bare earth with lavender clippings, smells lovely, but not sure if it will work. It’s the bare earth that they seem to like. Little devils. I can’t get too cross, as we have a most beautiful little cat who visits us, and is so friendly.

MaddyB Wed 07-Nov-18 17:01:04

Badgers! In the past they dug up huge swathes if our lawn. Ruined it. Then a local yokel said to soak three rags in creosote (not sure you can get it now but try) and put the rags in dishes in three corners of the garden. Job done. Never got them again. They are creatures of habit so obviously went to someone else’s garden without a pong!
More recently when we got moles we shoved a creosote soaked rag into the hole. Worked a treat!

Barmeyoldbat Wed 07-Nov-18 17:01:24

Carly, pretty much what we did in our garden to stop the cats all my husband was ever watch with a water pistol and now the problem has died down.

Carolpaint Wed 07-Nov-18 17:16:00

Twigs poked into bare earth worked for me. Do not think cats poo on grass?

4allweknow Wed 07-Nov-18 18:32:04

Had a dog who died 3 years ago. Had cats but not allowed to roam and kept in at night. Tried orange peel, coffee grounds, holly leaves, garlic concoction nothing worked keeping local cats of garden. Then tried a solar power cat deterent that emits a noise humans don't hear and cats hate. Works a treat. Just stick in garden at angles to cover areas used as toilets, great.

Chicklette Wed 07-Nov-18 20:53:34

Our next door neighbour has 12 cats, and some of them think our garden is a toilet. Weirdly some of them poo on the grass which is what we find most annoying. We’ve tried a sonar deterrent and that made no difference. We’ve tried coffee grounds but that didn’t work. I’d love to find a solution... At one point they were using the flower pots by our front door as a toilet. We tried coffee grounds but the only thing that worked was covering the soil in gravel, which I assume was too uncomfortable for them. But we don’t want to cover the lawn in gravel.

PECS Wed 07-Nov-18 22:08:20

I believe that if kittens are taken from the mother too young they do not learn to cover their crap. Often rescue cats are 'untrained' orphans. All the cats I have ever owned used litter trays as kittens and then I moved them to a space in the garden and then eventually they used the soil. I generally knew where not to plant seeds!

Jalima1108 Wed 07-Nov-18 22:28:15

Chicklette what DH would term 'a neighbour's nightmare'.
Poor you!

I will look out for that solar powered sound emitter 4allweknow - it sounds like a good idea.

Horton1828 Wed 07-Nov-18 23:10:12

My cat is an outdoor cat. All my neighbours have dogs so I have told them to let their dogs out to chase my cat. They won’t catch him but will hopefully deter him from toileting in their gardens. He is still a friendly little chap and doesn’t seem stressed by them doing this. The neighbours didn’t like the idea at first, but after cleaning several ? ‘s they soon got on board with it.

quizqueen Thu 08-Nov-18 09:36:03

CarlyD7, in response to your comment
Perhaps all humans should be 'house humans' because they cause far much more mess in the world than cats will ever do! Should we get rid of all wild birds too because they poo on windows, paths and cars? Animals have as much right to be in the world as humans, probably more right because they are not intent on ruining the planet for their offspring.