How to Keep Pet Cats From Pooping in My Yard

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"Wow, what a huge litter box."
"Wow, what a huge litter box." (Image: cat image by Darren Ager from Fotolia.com)

The time, energy and expense of designing and maintaining a landscaped yard can be all for nothing if your yard is used as a litter box. Frequent feline visitors can contribute to the demise of your flowering paradise. In addition to killing foliage and making an unsightly and foul-smelling deposit, unwanted felines act as host to fleas -- which they leave behind in your yard.

Protect your masterpiece lawn with some simple steps. Planting cat repelling foliage, fencing flower gardens and selecting bedding materials that are inhospitable to cats may eliminate the feline intruders and preserve your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat repelling plants
  • Bedding material that is offensive to cats
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells

Plant cat-repelling plants such as rue at strategic locations in the garden -- close to decks, porches and other potential lounging areas. Lavender, geranium, garlic and lemon verbena are also excellent for keeping cats away.

Lavender is a strong-smelling plant which is offensive to cats.
Lavender is a strong-smelling plant which is offensive to cats. (Image: flowers image by OMKAR A.V from Fotolia.com)

Add a bedding material that is inhospitable to cats such as pine cones, wood chips and even nutshells. These materials will not only preserve moisture, but also contribute to the aesthetic quality of your garden and are uninviting to cats.

Wood chips provide a hostile surface to the tender-footed feline.
Wood chips provide a hostile surface to the tender-footed feline. (Image: wood chips image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Collect and distribute used coffee grounds or egg shells in the garden on a regular basis. Cats find these materials unpleasant to walk on, but your soil will like them a lot.

Distribute coffee grounds in areas that are off limits to cats.
Distribute coffee grounds in areas that are off limits to cats. (Image: Ground Coffee image by Steven Newell from Fotolia.com)

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