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Title: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Martin109 on April 15, 2009, 10:56:21 am
We've just made a nice vegetable bed, and planted some stuff, and along comes a neighbour's cat and starts regularly digging in there for his/her daily poo. >:(  :sick:

Obviously, I could mount a 24-hour vigil, armed with a water pistol, but actually that's not practical.  Are there any good ways of deterring cats while I'm not there to police the garden?
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: border-rider on April 15, 2009, 10:57:49 am
Evil Cat (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17182.0)

I think that's almost the same problem :)
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Moloko on April 15, 2009, 11:00:36 am
Large garden netting like THIS STUFF (http://www.podington.co.uk/plant-protection/multi-purpose-garden-netting-knitted.html) staked 4" to 6" above the bed.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:01:26 am
This (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17182.msg308597#msg308597) is the answer you need.

The only way to keep a cat out is another cat.  Even a dog won't do it, though the cats in our garden tended to stay near fences & trees they could flee up if a greyhound suddenly appeared ;D

Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: bikenerd on April 15, 2009, 11:01:59 am
Lion piss from the Zoo?

My Dad used to have this problem.  He bought one of those ultrasonic devices which worked for a while.

If it was me, I'd pick up the cat poo and post it through the neighbours letterbox (in a plastic bag).  "Your cat left something in my garden".  :demon:
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jaded on April 15, 2009, 11:04:33 am
Sprinkle Mint Imperials all over the veg patch.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Martin109 on April 15, 2009, 11:06:49 am
Thanks, everyone, and sorry to partially duplicate when the subject's mostly been covered elsewhere.

Can't do the post back routine, as we don't know who owns the offending cat.  Threw a stone vaguely in his direction and he had an undignified and partly-abortive scramble to get out over the fence, so that's some deterrent.

The mesh looks like a good idea.

Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Chris S on April 15, 2009, 11:10:33 am
Super Soaker XP-240: Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Games (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hasbro-Super-Soaker-XP-240/dp/B000QGJZCW/ref=pd_cp_k_h_b_cs_0?pf_rd_p=149895491&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00004S831&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=0A9R7B47Q9RA8V06KBTW)

Probably won't work as a deterrent, but great therapy for you  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: red marley on April 15, 2009, 11:11:45 am
Lion Poo (or a Lion) can do the trick - see Cat Deterrents (http://www.dobbies.co.uk/acatalog/Cat-Deterrents.html) (silent roar).

We used to have this problem, but since foxes have colonised our garden, the cats stay well away. The foxes are great - they keep the cats out, eat the any rats they find, sunbathe while we eat lunch in the garden and produce ever-so-cute cubs who play in our garden.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Moloko on April 15, 2009, 11:15:48 am


The mesh looks like a good idea.



Trust me, it'll work.  So, that's the cat sorted, now for the slugs, aphids, beetles, mould and mildew.  ;D
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:23:11 am
Cat poo composts well, but make sure it's well rotted before you use it, and don't put it on fruit or vegetables!
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: dave r on April 15, 2009, 12:09:34 pm
What I have used in the past with a lot of success is old rose prunings. I used to lay them where I had bare earth in the garden and they worked a treat. At my old house I had several rose bushes so I had a ready supply. I don't have any roses in the garden at this new house so I am keeping an eye out for a neighbour with roses in case I need any. At the moment I don't have any problems, the only cat that visits only uses the rough ground at the top of the garden.

This subject is here as well

 Cat p*ss.... - Cycle Chat (http://www.cyclechat.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=31912)
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: rafletcher on April 15, 2009, 01:02:00 pm
Short answer id you won't. We use netting spread and supported about 4-6 inches off the ground to deter them (including our own) in the veg patch. But they'll find somewhere.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Cyclops on April 15, 2009, 02:42:44 pm
The thing I've found (entirely by accident) works best is pelleted chicken manure. I noticed that after I sprinkled one bed with it cats stopped using it as a toilet but carried on using the other beds. I now sprinkle it on all the beds and the cats seem to be going elsewhere.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Fi on April 15, 2009, 04:55:29 pm
I have used a pressure powered water pistol on a persistant cat (Jingles).  It took about six weeks of firing at it before it got the hint - it's very bold indeed.  It now walks through my garden,  but never stops to investigate anything and trots away when it sees me in the street.  I feel a bit mean, but it's owners aren't in the least bit bothered.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Moloko on April 15, 2009, 06:45:26 pm
I have used a pressure powered water pistol on a persistant cat (Jingles).  It took about six weeks of firing at it before it got the hint - it's very bold indeed. 

Why should it feel threatened?  You're on first name terms.  ;D
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: perpetual dan on April 15, 2009, 06:53:41 pm
The only way to keep a cat out is another cat.  

We've got a cat and now she and the neighbour's cats crap in our garden  >:(  Every so often one of us spots the other cat in the garden and runs out hissing / with a glass of water at the ready. Cat runs away, but not for long.
Holly leaves help, but make weeding less fun.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Martin109 on April 15, 2009, 08:40:37 pm
Thanks for the replies everyone.

I think we'll try

a) the lion pellet idea
b) pelleted chicken dung
c) netting

Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: TheLurker on April 16, 2009, 08:06:47 am
Pepper dust?

You can get it in most garden centres and, surprisingly, at least one pet shop that I know of.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: onb on April 16, 2009, 02:11:16 pm
I have used a pressure powered water pistol on a persistant cat (Jingles).  It took about six weeks of firing at it before it got the hint - it's very bold indeed.  It now walks through my garden,  but never stops to investigate anything and trots away when it sees me in the street.  I feel a bit mean, but it's owners aren't in the least bit bothered.



It might be misconstrued if any one hears your neighbour complaining about you squirting her pussy too often.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Martin109 on April 16, 2009, 05:06:25 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: rogerzilla on April 16, 2009, 10:04:07 pm
Two pages to go NSFW.  Slackers.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Bledlow on April 16, 2009, 10:39:28 pm
I have used a pressure powered water pistol on a persistant cat (Jingles). 
We have two sitting by windows overlooking the garden. Just lifting the pistol works on all the local cats now.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Climberruss on April 20, 2009, 11:15:49 pm
My neighbours fur ball cat is always crapping depositing on my garden - but where do you buy Strycnine from???
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jaded on April 21, 2009, 01:20:09 am
My neighbours fur ball cat is always crapping depositing on my garden - but where do you buy Strycnine from???

I'm sure one you've done away with your wife, that pesky councillor, the jobsworth at the Employment Exchange and the nosy neighbours you'll have some left over.
Title: Cats
Post by: geraldc on August 01, 2016, 04:08:30 pm
The neighourhood cats have taken to using the bare earth of my veg patch as a litter box.

I need this to stop. After seeing a video about cucumbers and cats on youtube, I propose getting a load of rubber snakes to scare the cats off.

Any suggestions of how to keep cats from shitting in my salad garden.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: rafletcher on August 01, 2016, 07:00:44 pm
Cover it in a mesh "cage", it's the only thing that we've found works.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: orienteer on August 02, 2016, 10:50:31 am
Found a pest scarer works quite well to keep cats from making deposits in my front garden.

Plugged into an external power point rather than using batteries.

Similar to this:
http://www.buyspares.co.uk/outdoor-pest-repeller-all-pests/product.pl?pid=4873619&query=pest (http://www.buyspares.co.uk/outdoor-pest-repeller-all-pests/product.pl?pid=4873619&query=pest)
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: HeltorChasca on August 02, 2016, 01:17:24 pm
I've tried dog poo for scent/territory stuff. I've tried the dog herself. Those sonic alarms, citronella. Everything.

Finally I've found the solution: My Dutch Lakenvelder cockerel. The kids call him Snowball. As in the nasty bastard from 'Animal Farm'.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2016, 02:54:17 pm
I've tried dog poo for scent/territory stuff. I've tried the dog herself.

Unlikely to work.  Dog-occupied territory tends to be a demilitarised zone in cat terms, which makes it an ideal place to poo (as long as you can avoid the dog) without risk of offending other cats.  They don't care about offending dogs.  Dogs are uncivilised creatures that will shit anywhere, after all.

Hence the canonical solution of getting a cat.  Except that cats will go in their own territory if there's a particularly attractive patch, so it doesn't really help.  I suppose the same can be said for owning a nasty bastard cockerel - it may keep the cats away but now you've got the cockerel to deal with.   :hand:

Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jurek on August 02, 2016, 02:59:07 pm
Word has it that zoo-poo (on account of its lion's $h!t content) was the weapon of choice for demonstrators, where police horses were involved - as in, they won't go anywhere near the stuff.
I wonder if it works for the foxes that are cr@pping in my SE London garden? Or is it time to call up the hunt?

ETA comme ├ža  (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Roar-Lion-Manure-Repellant/dp/B0002B7OT2)
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2016, 03:21:25 pm
I doubt anything short of full on thermonuclear war will defeat London foxes.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jurek on August 02, 2016, 03:29:30 pm
I can't find any thermonuclear war on Amazon.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 02, 2016, 03:45:51 pm
Try "all departments" instead of "garden & outdoors."
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Andrij on August 02, 2016, 03:56:50 pm
I know this guy named Vladimir ...
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jurek on August 02, 2016, 03:57:42 pm
Try "all departments" instead of "garden & outdoors."
;D Fankoo :)
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jurek on August 02, 2016, 03:58:40 pm
I know this guy named Vladimir ...
He doesn't reply to me any more.
I think I freaked him out.
My work here.....
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Wowbagger on August 06, 2016, 09:52:42 am
I've tried dog poo for scent/territory stuff. I've tried the dog herself. Those sonic alarms, citronella. Everything.

Finally I've found the solution: My Dutch Lakenvelder cockerel. The kids call him Snowball. As in the nasty bastard from 'Animal Farm'.
Are we seriously expecting a cock to frighten a determined pussy?
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: andyoxon on August 06, 2016, 10:28:14 am
Neighbours use a PIR activated water spray for cats (and herons from their pond) - apparently does the job, and occasionally waters the garden.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InNtUFNa7bo

Quote
Catclear Water Jet Pack

Everybody is raving about the catclear sprinkler. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) recommends this catclear waterjet as an effective cat deterrent.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Jurek on August 06, 2016, 10:44:42 am
My local reynard is clearly territorial - to the tune of a 1m2 patch of my lawn. On about four occasions.  :sick:

Order for zoo poo duly placed with Amazon.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: Ruthie on August 06, 2016, 12:05:17 pm
Neighbours use a PIR activated water spray for cats (and herons from their pond) - apparently does the job, and occasionally waters the garden.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InNtUFNa7bo

Quote
Catclear Water Jet Pack

Everybody is raving about the catclear sprinkler. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) recommends this catclear waterjet as an effective cat deterrent.

That's a really good website.  I can't use the sprinkler because I don't have an outside tap, but the noise thing looks good.  Sixty quid?!  That'll be next month, then.
Title: Re: Deterring a Cat from Pooing in the Garden
Post by: asterix on August 21, 2016, 02:57:36 pm
The ROYAL Society for the Protection of Birds.  What, all birds? Any bird may apply?