how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: Today at 22:08

hi everyone I think I have found a solution to keeping cats out of your garden without hurting the cats.  We were hounded by our next door neighbours 3 cats doing their business on the soil in our garden.  We tried numerous things lions roar supposed to deter and pepper without success.   We went to visit my friend who has 3 cats and they   never went outside of her garden. She is one of the great people who think that cats should not be doing their business in other peoples garden.     On the fence she made what she called a cat tunnel.   The  simple solution was chicken fence wire half a metre wide so no sharp edges like barbed wire which would hurt a cat.   You just bend the chicken wire over the wooden fence in the garden and staple it down,.I would check with your neighbours to see if they want to keep the cats out of their garden first before you staple it over their side of the fence.   Lucky for us all our neighbours felt the same way so that they were delighted with the results.  Such a easy solution . When we came home I bought some of the chicken wire  from ebay which was the perfect size and placed it on the wooden fence around the garden.  I was a bit hesitant at first just because  the wooden fence did not look so neat with the chicken wire on it but hey presto since we have put the chicken wire up no cats now come into the garden.   We have seen  the cats   come up to our fence look up but turn away and go into some one elses garden.    Hence we are delighted that we now do not get the cats dirty business in our garden and the cats are not hurt in any way.   We know what it is like to have cats fouling in the garden.  Its not a pleasant thing when grandchildren play in the garden and pick up flowers where the cats have been using the ground as a toilet.    I would say to everyone give this a try but make sure that your garden is used all around the perimeters of the fence so that when the cat looks at the chicken wire it will not climb or jump into your garden     Good luck



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,933

    Sounds a really good idea if it really works. There have been several threads here about the cat problem.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    That's a clever idea if it works. I wonder if its possible to put some kind of similar thing on your side of the garden so that if you've a neighbour you don't talk too you could put it on the fence (esp. if you own the fence) without complaint that their cat can no longer get out their garden into yours.

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    I've got a feeling the cat might just walk out its own front gate and down the neighbours path...

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Victoria image That's how our feline visitors arrive.

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    I have 'visitors' as well as my own and they're as bold as brass

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,882

    Our neighbour's cat hasn't visited us for weeks - not since he snuck through the Hedgehog Gate, stalked a blackbird, crouching and wiggling his tail and then pounced ................................................ landing right in the deepest part of the new pond - he left in high dudgeon with his tail between his legs. imageimage

    The neighbours report a very subdued cat - it's at least a month since he's been seen in our back garden - although he is using the newly dug border in the front garden. 

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Ha! image

    I'd have loved to have seen that.

    When one of my cats was little he thought the starlings were 'in' the pond and used to go nuts turning somersaults trying to get the reflections. Very funny when they were only a few metres above his head...

  • freedom2freedom2 Posts: 9

    hi thanks for the replies still no cats coming into the back garden so maybe the chicken wire has done the trick.   Its funny watching the cats looking up at the fence and then turning their heads and walk away to another garden.  Will keep you all posted if we see any more cats in the garden.    Let me know if anyone else tries this idea in their back gardens to keep out the cats.

  • Magical MeerkatMagical Meerkat Posts: 241

    Could you put a picture up of the chicken wire fence, I am struggling to imagine it? I am intrigued, it sounds like army fencing?

  • freedom2freedom2 Posts: 9

    hi tried to put some photos on but having difficulty but will try again.  Haha it sounds like army fencing but its feels like we need an army to deter the cats which come into our garden to do their business.   The fencing might not look so pretty but as time goes by the fencing will go rusty brown to match the brown fencing.     Will try again to put on a photo at  least the fencing is working for us and we are highly delighted as we know that our grandchildren will be safe from picking up cats pooh with the plants. hope you get the photo

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  • snowathletesnowathlete Posts: 138
    This solution is the best I can find having looked a lot on the net . Chicken wire or plastic netting .

    It's what a lot of people who have cats they want to keep in their yard do, though there aren't so many people doing that unfortunately.

    We're trying a variation of that at the moment; We've put a bit of plastic netting above our daughters playhouse which is where next doors cat uses to get in and out. He'll find that hard now. And along the rest We've put three taut wires between the posts. We still need to do the rear fence, then next doors cat would have to go all the way round the houses to my other neighbour, climb their fence then my other fence in order to access my garden. I figure that's not likely but if I have to ill do the same on that side too. I think this will work but not certain. We'll see.
  • chrissieBchrissieB Posts: 772
    We had foxes digging under the fence in my old garden. When my OH filled it back in he wedged and buried old plastic plant pots under the fence as well. I thought he was mad and and it would never work but it did : ) I don't know if it was because they weren't sure what it was but it worked - although they simply kept moving along the fence until they and my OH had run out of fence : )

    It also used up all my plastic plant pots, which given how many I had stockpiled was a welcome side effect. You couldn't see the pots as he buried them and the plants hid any bits that might have shown.
  • snowathletesnowathlete Posts: 138

    It worked!

    about 2 am I heard a sorta scratching noise. got up and looked out window. I think the cat had tried his usual place and found it barred. So he then climbed up in the corner at the end of the gardens and started walking along the fence where I had put the wires. I thought, 'Oh no, its not working. But when he got to the end of one fence he found it hard to start the next (I think because it is most taut there..?) and the cat turned around back the way he'd come and then jumped down into his own garden. He didn't even bother to try the other fence at the end of the garden. No poo in my garden this morning!



    how cool is that?!

  • snowathletesnowathlete Posts: 138

    Well the cat just woke me up trying to get over thE netting I put up. After ten minutes he managed it. so upsetting to see. Because I'm shattered from doing the work. at this point I figured I may as we'll get up as the birds are singing and the suns coming up anyway - no chance of me getting to sleep now, so I crept downstairs into the Garden and as it was taking a dump (this time in my gravel I have on the flowerbeds), I turned the garden hose on full blast and soaked the blighter. as predicted he jumped onto the far fence and made a bee line for home across it but I was ready And gave him a thorough soaking. He is extremely wet. If he comes back after this I think I give up.

  • Here is a tip from my granny, she says its an old method that used to deter cats in her day!

    Peel some ginger roots or oranges ( if using oranges, fork the skins b4 peeling, to release there natural oils) rub them along your fence tops, posts, and gateways!

    According to granny, its the smell that deters the cats!

    There heightened sense of smell can smell it way b4 they reach the fence, you can smell it when your on top of the fence only!

     You can use orange peel or ginger, or a mixture of both, depends what you happen to have at home!

    Both have to be raw!

    You can use the whole orange, skin it best though, as it has the most smell

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    I found this online. It is marketed in Australia for keeping cats in your yard. Brilliant idea for keeping cats out as well if you have a fence to install it on. The video is funny.

     A bit like a squirrel proof birdfeeder, only a cat keeper outer. look up OSCILLOT


    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • I had a ginger cat entering my garden and leaving behind a deposit every day. I tried all methods to no avail. Having remembered an article on animal behaviour once so I thought i would try my solution. I had an old PC disc drive in the garage. I stripped it down and removed the discs. They are very shiny. So I hung two of these on a cross made of garden cane so the level was at the cats eyes. These move with the wind, reflect the sun and if the cat looks it reflects its image so causing the offender to think there is another cat about. Voila! no cat fouling for 7 days running now..

  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,167
    That looks like a useful product Bones, thanks!
    //When a cat tries to jump and scale the fence, they will place a paw on the paddle, which then spins; the cat cannot get traction and falls safely back to the ground//.
    "Falls safely to the ground" - well, you can't have everything image image

    Last edited: 05 May 2017 11:27:29

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