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Cat (?) poo since dogs not in garden?


We have three small children who love being outside (one of which has to put everything in her mouth!) so my husband became poo paranoid and has restricted the dog to a strip of grass adjacent to the driveway for toilet use.

BTW walking more does not solve the issue because my dog will conjure up a poo each and every time her feet touch grass.

Anyway, we went out today and it looks like a small animal has dragged its bum all over the garden because there are slug like stools EVERYWHERE. I actually had it all over my hand as I sifted soil with the kids!

We are assuming cat simply because the garden is quite secure and has little to offer critters that they couldn't get from the expanses of countryside and woodlands nearby.

Does it sound like cat poo? Dark and slug sized that have very wet looking tapering ends.

More importantly - how do we stop it happening? If you've tried something legal and it worked no matter how extreme  then I'm interested.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    no, it doesn't sound like cat. Have you got a photo?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,100

    It doesn't sound like cats - you would have commented on the horrific smell otherwise. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,896

    A water scarecrow deters most animals? 

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Cat poo can come in a range or colours - from light grey to dark brown. Fox poo is usually very dark brown to black in appearance. Hedgehog and Badger poo is usually black.

    Tapered ends usually indicates a carniverous creature, so it could be any of the above if your garden isn't completely secure. 

  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 655

    Could it be hedgehog poo?  Google and look at images.

    East Anglia
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    It is a problem without an easy solution. In any garden you are likely to find any or all of the above, plus rat, mice, rabbit, bird and possibly squirrel, stoat and so on. Teach your children as early as possible NOT to eat what they find, to wash their hands when they have been playing in soil or on grass and keep an eye on the grass before they go out to play. When it all seems too much, recall that the human race has survived these hazards for thousands of years and your children will, too.

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