Cat Poo in the compost !
Lilly Posts: 64
I am new to this so please bare with me.
I have built up a huge amount of compost over a few years. Grass cuttings etc. were dumped at the top of my garden and ignored while we decorated the house. We are now starting on the Garden and I thought the compost would be ideal. Problem now is I find the cats have been using it as a toilet. Can I still use the compost ? If not what do I do with it ?
Thanks in advance
If you are going to dig it into the soil, then I wouldn't be too concerned, particularly if you are growing ornamentals. I would be less inclined to use it as a mulch with the mess in it, generally due to the smell and unpleasantness of it all. ( you could clear the mess out)
I would not want to use it around edibles unless it had been rotted for at least a year without any more additions from the cat.
You say that the compost heap is large and has accumulated over time. I suspect that it hasn't rotted down too well and so I think that I would pull the whole lot out, and then rebuild the heap in as compact a shape as possible, if the matter is dry it can be watered as you rebuild. This would aerate the heap and should encourage a good compost. You could cover the heap to keep the cats out while it was composting (old carpet, polythene, cardboard etc).
Yeah, everything is well rotted. Thats the shame as it would have been perfect to use. I have made a start digging it over and sorting out the " bits I don't want " but the smell is not good ! Also worried that if I transfer it to other parts of the garden it will encourage the cats to use new areas
Thanks for your help
don't forget that the poo of these verminous animals are a health risk.if silly lazy owners don't use litter trays then these animals will act wild.
my advice is get rid of the contaminated area by digging it in deep down,then get a gun for these free roaming animals.a pet is contained,one that isn't is wild.
Thanks for your reply Tim. A big help.
As for your comment about shooting them. We're in England, not the wilds of Africa, and even there it's illegal to shoot animals without just cause, including wild ones.
sorry.i do get over emotional sometimes
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