|This is FAQ was compiled from several threads on the subject of cats and their toilet habits that originally took place in the newsgroup during April of 1999 and has been ongoing ever since. Indeed, it is rumoured that the first question Adam asked in the Garden of Eden concerned cats and their indiscriminate bowels!
I've tried to correctly attribute what was actually said, and cover all of the suggested remedies, but if you find a mistake or an omission, let me know.
To make finding the specific info that you want a little easier, I've highlighted the questions and indented the answers.
|Laurence Welch asked,
"Can anyone tell me the best way to stop cats sh*tting on my lawn?"
Janet Ibbotson expanded the discussion with a further question.
"How about these Electronic Cat Scarer things the sort which give off a high frequency sound which, while inaudible to humans makes a bit of a `din` to the cats?"
To which Jason Webb replied, "I have a neighbour who tells me that his neighbour on the other side has one of these devices and the cats simply ignore it or pee on it, so not much of a success that I can report."
Stephen Diaper later wrote, "I think that I have found a solution to cats fouling your garden. Spray Jeyes Fluid around the perimeter. Use quite a strong solution. Save your old tea bags, soak in Jeyes and plant in your boarders. You must persevere with the treatment, remove any fouling and spray area. It does seem to work."
Nicky suggested, "I use cocktail sticks, just plant them upright 5 or 6 inches apart in your beds, borders and pots and if a cat comes along to do its business it'll get a sharp reminder that it's not welcome."
Dan Marchant came up with, "Saw a TV show where they tested out a number of remedies. None of them actually worked! The best solution for stopping this seems to be to get a cat of your own. It won't crap on its own patch and it won't let others either."
Jill Bell, who knows about these things, being 'in the trade', added,
Mike Peters popped up with "Renardine which Game Keepers spray around the young pheasant pens to keep the foxes at bay. It is used quite successfully and I am told moggys dislike it as much.
Stuart Allen came in late, but brought this gem with him, "we used some cocoa shell mulch all over the beds and this has stopped them completely"
And Andy Slater suggested this one from the X-files, "Get a couple of old 2 litre plastic lemonade bottles, half fill them with water (so they don't blow away) and leave them lying around in the garden. Don't ask me why it works, but it does."
Mike Crowe returned to the discussion with "We do not have a cat, but they all use our garden for their 'toilet requirements' (that's posh isn't it?). However we have been told, that strategically placed used teabags with a few drops of Olbas Oil on them will deter the little sods. We've tried it, don't know the result yet, only just put them down."
From the colonies, Noman wrote, "Try a solution of witchhazel or cinnamom oil or menthol which you pour around the plants or on the gravel. I have had success with this. About a 0.2% solution or 2 mls. per liter should do it and a couple of drops of dish detergent will be needed to disperse it. Repeat this every couple of weeks and soon the cats will just give up trying to decorate your grave. You can get these materials at any drug store."
The V-Man suggested, "In answer to your cat problem, I found that if you soak used tea bag's in Jeyes fluid and place them at different points around your garden, this should keep them away. It works for me in my garden, as they luv my pebbles and bark chippings, they used to dig and sh*t all the time. Try it and see !"
And finally, I'll added my two-pennorth - Lion/Tiger dung. Once your neighbourhood cats catch the whiff of a *real* cat, they'll stay well away. You might be able to get some from your local zoo, animal sanctuary or Safari Park.
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