How to Get Cats to Stop Defecating in the Yard

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Cats may make loveable pets however feral or neighborhood cats that are using your garden beds as their own personal litter boxes present numerous problems. Toxins from cat waste can harm your plants while children playing in the yard may step in cat excrement. Keep feline friends out of your yard and away from your flowers and vegetables using simple, environmentally friendly methods, such as recycling citrus peels or planting flowers that are repulsive to cats.

Things You'll Need

  • Small rocks and stones
  • Pine cones
  • Citrus fruit peels
  • Chicken manure
  • Flowers and herbs repulsive to cats
  • Motion-activated sprinkler (optional)
  • Herbs and plants (optional)
  • Talk to your neighbors if you know who the cat belongs to. Let them know in a polite manner what the cat has been doing in your yard and ask them to rectify the problem. If the cat continues to use your yard after discussing the situation with the owner, contact the owner again. If the cat still continues to use your yard, discuss the matter with your local animal control agency.

  • Place small rocks, stones and pine cones in areas cats frequent. Cats do not like the feeling of these materials under their feet and prefer to use and dig in loose soil. Add shredded pine cones to mulch as another option.

  • Scatter orange, lemon and grapefruit peels around high-traffic cat areas in your yard. Cats are repelled by citrus scents.

  • Spread chicken manure around established plants that cats urinate and defecate around as they dislike the odor.

  • Plant assorted flowers and herbs that are repulsive to cats around the borders of gardens and other areas cats use. These include lavender, pennyroyal, geranium and lemon thyme.

  • Set up a motion-activated sprinkler system to deter cats from entering your property. While this is an effective deterrent, such systems may also be activated from other animals, children, or even you in a forgetful moment, which wastes water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Should your cat problem continue to occur try creating an area attractive to cats in hopes they will stay out of other garden beds. Plant catnip and cat grass in such areas and leave the soil as free of pebbles as possible.

References

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