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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: 21,670

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

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    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.

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

    Wearside, England.
  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Victoria image That's how our feline visitors arrive.

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

    Wearside, England.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768

    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 in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • 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...

    Wearside, England.
  • 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.

  • 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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