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Can I legally stop a cat fouling in my garden (yard)? — 13 Comments

  1. This is why everyone just uses far more cost-effective and swift methods to permanently stop someone’s cat from fouling anyone’s yard ever again, including the owner’s yard. Too bad, so sad. Notice how well all the rose-bushes are growing everywhere lately — from all that wonderful and free FURtilizer.

  2. I think the best way to prevent a cat from digging in a yard is to cover the precious flowers or veggies with chicken wire. I have next door neighbors who do that, and it works well. The flowers grow through the wire. And they lift the wire to get the veggies. It wont work for everyone, but can provide a harmless barrier, if the wire ends are tucked in.

    I haven’t researched this, but there may be other deterrents that can be placed nearby. I do empathize with people not wanting cat poop in their garden. They might also provide a separate sand box for the wayward kitties, and put some of the poop in there to attract them.

    Oh, I just remembered that there are “air dispenser cans” that sense movement, and shoot a puff of air, which might only take a few times to keep the kitties out. They sell them on Amazon, but I can’t recall the exact name. Maybe someone knows about them.

  3. Had a hateful neighbor threaten me once with killing my outside cat colony and with the short fuse I have when someone threatens my colony I could have escalated the situation worse but for the safety of my colony I told him that I will out of my own pocket will purchase a eco-friendly cat deterrent and I did and it worked,just go to the link I’m providing and purchase these items,they are not pricey.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Friendly-but-Effective-Cat-Repellent/

    • Irish, I remember reading this recently as a way to keep cats off furniture. It would seem to work in the garden too. But would need to be re-applied. Or some rags could be soaked in it, put around the perimeter.

      Also, planting rosemary around the perimeter might work, but most annoyed neighbors wouldn’t bother with that.

    • How interesting. The Ortho I bought had a very pungent rosemary smell to it. It was around 16 bucks and lasted a few weeks even with some heavy rain.

  4. I long ago found the zen of unwanted animal waste in my yard , walkway and driveway. I heave it back into my SILs property from whence it came down I know not where. Hopefully where she walks.
    Ortho makes a great critter ridder that is non toxic and has worked for me. And I am allowed to use humane traps on stray animals and transport them to the shelter closest to my home.
    Sound harsh. She doesn’t vaccinate, worm, use flea treatments or S/N her pets. When the deficate over here you can step in something and perhaps not notice and drag their funk into your home.
    If you want your neighbor to stop simply let them know you have a webcam and plan on uploading their pet soiling your garden. This of course is after asking nicely for some time.

  5. I think it’s prudent that the offended neighbor simply understand the animal and endeavor to make their property undesirable by keeping it watered, etc. Dry, loose dirt is attractive to cats. Just keep it to a minimum or allow a small area available to the cats as far from the dwelling as possible, then scoop it up when routinely attending the yard. If it’s well landscaped with grass and covered with weed barrier and decorative rocks, the cats won’t want to or can’t hassle with it, and they’ll go elsewhere. To that effect the owners of those cats that go outside should make an area of their own yard attractive for their cats to go, and maintain it themselves. Adding some sand to the soil makes it easy to dig and scoop. People are such punitive control freaks, thinking everything is only orderly by way of force or threat. We need to think from the animal’s perspective to help it live with us the way we want.

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