Loads of cat droppings in large area of recently dug up, dry, a bit sandy soil
Over the past weeks I have been digging through an area of flowerbed where I find bindweed coming up, in an effort to pull up the vines from underneath.
I have now discovered what looks like a weeks worth of cat droppings in this area, so some local cat obviously thinks it's the new feline convenience area.
The soil is very loose, dry, a bit sandy, can be dug deeply and easily with paws - perfect for them.
What can I do to stop this? It's these recently dug up areas that they love. But I can't see it going back to hard compacted soil any time soon. I have a cat repellant spray with orange oil, but it doesn't seem to do much. Is this bad for spraying on soil if I want to grow plants in it?
I was wondering is there is some kind of woodchip mix I could put down, or an aromatic kind of bark chippings that they won't like? I don't have pets of my own.
Picture of the area: