How to stop cats pooping in your garden
I remember when my flower beds seemed to contain more cat poo than soil and my garden had a smell not usually associated with flowers. For me it was a revolting daily ritual of cleaning up after cats. Unfortunately but lucky for them I never caught them doing their business, so I couldn’t teach them the error of their ways.
Luckily you don’t have to catch the cats to stop them from pooping in your garden. Below are various ways types of cat repellents used to stop cats from visiting your garden. Unfortunately there isn’t one definitive way that will stop all cats. One technique will work extremely well for one cat but not at all for others.
Don’t get disheartened when one doesn’t work, try another. I would suggest you experiment with different cat repellents until you find one that works, or more likely one or more repellents used in conjunction together.
Cat repellent sprays are suitable for owners of their own pets as you can target specific areas that you want to be cat free, or for training your own cat to avoid certain areas.
There are a number of natural and man-made repellents that use smell cats find irritating and therefore avoid.
They come in different forms and are applied in a variety of ways. The main ones being:
- Gels / Pellets
Cat Repellent Water Spray
Not suitable if you own a cat! Repellent water sprays are suitable for targeting gardens, yards, paths, patios etc. or areas where your own pet never goes. You don’t want to scare your own cat!
A well-known fact is that cats hate water… so this is going to work most of the time!
Cat water sprays are triggered by a motion detector, when the cat is detected a powerful spray is automatically triggered and fired at the offending cat. Very easy to use!
I’ve not used them myself but my research shows that these are among the most effective way to stop cats from pooing in your garden.
While I am a cat lover I’m sure I would get a perverse sense of satisfaction knowing that cats trying to poop in the flower beds was getting a soaking.
Plants That Repel Cats
Can be used if you have your own cat.
Plants that repel cats are a natural defense and can be planted along your garden border or near areas you want cat free.
One for the gardeners a natural and pleasing way to discourage cats from your garden is to use plants and herbs that cats find repugnant and so will avoid the area close to these plants.
Spikes and Chicken Wire
Suitable for any garden and if you have a cat of your own.
Plastic spikes along the top of fences, spike mats and chicken wire; all these can be used to discourage cats from the garden. While they are not designed to harm cats they certainly make them feel uncomfortable while they are walking on them.
Chicken wire can be lade down over areas where cats poo making that patch very difficult to dig up after their business is done. Again cats will move on to easier patches of dirt.
Suitable for any area but not if you have pets of your own that will be made uncomfortable with this sonic deterrent.
I totally recommend an ultrasonic cat repellent as I have used one before and it worked!
These are positioned so the motion detector in them covers your garden and when a cat comes in range an ultrasonic noise inaudible to the human ear is triggered making your garden a very uncomfortable place for a cat to have a relaxing poop.
Cat repellents work but there are some things you can do that will make them more successful at stopping cats pooping in your garden
- Remove cat poop as soon as you find it. Cats are creatures of habit and return to the same spots again and again. If you leave their poo in place it means that the area is safe to use again.
- If you can, wash the area with soapy water to get rid of the cat scent and spray with a cat repellent in that area.
While these tips are unlikely to work on their own, they will increase the likelihood of your chosen cat repellent from working.
Here at StopUpest.com I have found that Cats are creatures of habit. Your aim is to make your garden an uncomfortable place for a cat to poop in so it moves on to a new area away from your garden. When it gets into the habit of using the new area it will continue to do so, however all cats are different and this can take from 3 weeks to 3 months.
I hope you find how to stop cats pooping in garden soon.