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Author Topic: "Guest" cats who mess everywhere  (Read 362 times)


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"Guest" cats who mess everywhere
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:12:37 AM »

I've blogged a few times recently about cats; specifically that neighbour cat(s) keep messing in my garden.  I've trodden in it, and it's been under the kitchen window where I can smell it, so it's not easy to ignore.

Detail :
I've seen 3 different cats around my place.  I don't have any cats, and neither does my immediate neighbour.  The cats are all fairly thin, one looks a bit ragged, so they *might* be strays.

My garden, and neigbours garden, have very little soil, it's all paved/decked, so maybe the cats are going where they can.

I like cats.  But I don't like having to clear up their mess.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might discourage the cats from laving stinky gifts for me?

So far I've :
Sprinkled anti-cat/dog fouling granules
Scooped up previous foulings and washed ground with disinfectant to remove smell
Put solar powered PIR cat scarer (high pitched sound device) nearby

Last item is very recent so not able to judge if it's a success yet.

Anti-cat granules possibly work for 2 or 3 days then fouling happens again.

What else should I do?




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Re: "Guest" cats who mess everywhere
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 12:49:34 AM »

There is one tried and tested technique that always works. Do not attempt to discourage the cats from visiting your garden, make them welcome. Allow them to understand that your garden is part of their territory. Once they have recognised that fact, they will not soil it . . . but go elsewhere.  :angel:
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Re: "Guest" cats who mess everywhere
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 11:43:35 PM »

Wise words from b*cat. Invest in the occasional tin of tuna.
Cats don't tend to mess in their dining areas.   ;)
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Re: "Guest" cats who mess everywhere
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2018, 06:07:27 AM »

That food idea sometimes works, sometimes definitely not at all, don't know why.  Certainly should try it.

Could give them a lovely sand pit with actual sand. They will like it so much it will relocate them  away from the area where you really do not want them. It will also contain any smell. Wood chip from garden centre is attractive too but does not contain smell as well. If it is not protected from the rain, the sand pit needs to be drained of course, with holes, so that it does not turn into a pond.

Could rehome them. A cage trap will do the trick. If they are strays then they would be better off having a proper home of course. Don't look at me, I have five already, no vacancies.