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HELP! How do I stop cats from pooping in my garden (lawn & flower beds)? They seem to target the same area. I have tried the granule stuff from tesco without success (lol). But it's so annoying. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155
    The only thing that works in my experience is a water scarecrow. None of these other so called remedies make any difference, and that includes jaggy bits of greenery, bamboo canes etc etc.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks Fairygirl. It seems like a losing battle. but not to give up
  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129
    Pointy sticks in open soil areas works for me
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155
    It drives me nuts. There are two regular offenders here, and they're out at all times of day and night, killing birds and shi**ing everywhere. 

    If you use the scarecrow, just be aware that it's no use as you get to frosts. That's the big drawback of them I can't use mine from about October to April really. I sometimes use a bit of insulation round them, but that only works in minor frosts down to about minus 1. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,432
    Old dried up holly works for me
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thanks folks. Bright star what about a grass area? I might use the pointy sticks in my flower bed.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155
    I have watched them squat over bamboo skewers and sh*t. 
    You're on a hiding to nothing with the grass. I get them on there too.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,093
    What works for me is not leaving any bare soil. Easier said than done though, when I want to clear and replant an area.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 982
    What works for me is to have ground cover everywhere.
    Geranium St. Ola, which self seeds really easily and is also evergreen, is a godsend.

    That and sticks everywhere there has to be bare soil.

    Disclaimer: I have 7 month old kittens and love cats, but have had to wage war on other peoples’ in the past, for the same reason…so I know how frustrating it can be.

    In our old place, we had a sonic cat scared set up that pointed into a flower bed they had taken over as their toilet. They never went near it, nor entered the garden, again. It but harmless, they just don’t like the frequency of the sound emitted.

    Water scarecrow wouldn’t work on my two - they love water 🤔

    That said, mine use their litter trays, as theyve been trained to do for 6 months before going outside. 

    They are also kept in at night for their own safety (loads of foxes a round here) and so they don’t have the dusk and dawn time to go hunting.

    So far, we have only had bluebottles and one dead mouse brought inside 🤞🏼 which I’m hoping will not changed as I absolutely adore birds too.
  • They also do it on gravel.....
    Depends on the gravel. When I gravelled my garden I asked the company what they would recommend and they said large angular gravel as they don't like the feel of it on their paws. I put it down last year and they won't walk on it, they go through the garden by walking round on the raised beds. 
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