Cats might be helpful around the garden as they keep the “unwanted visitors” at bay. But what can we do when cats become unwanted visitors?
Cats love to dig in the soft soil. Imagine now going into your well-treated garden where you have spent hours planting and taking care of your shrubs, flowers and vegetables. And instead, you find holes in which cats have deposited their poop. How frustrating might that be!
If you don’t want to contact Animal control, we have 14 natural and cat-friendly ways to stop cats pooping in your garden.
Why do you need to stop cats from pooping in the garden?
Except that stray cats are annoying, stopping them from pooping in the garden is a health concern. Here are some reasons you shouldn’t let them use your garden as their litter box.
- Cat poop isn’t suitable for the soil and cannot be used as fertiliser. If you don’t remove it, it will poison the soil, and plants will die! What’s more, cat faeces contain parasites and pathogens, which can infect the plants we intend to eat.
- Cat poop contains a parasite known as Toxoplasma Gondii. Τhis is particularly dangerous, especially to pregnant women and can cause serious health problems when someone is exposed to it.
- Cats aren’t only cuddly and cute. They’re also carnivores who like hunting songbirds. If you have designed everything correctly, your garden will attract many bird species hunted by cats.
How to make them stop pooping in your yard?
Simple ways can save your flower beds and vegetable garden, stop cats from invading your garden and keep outdoor cats( and your own cats) from destroying your garden. Let’s see how to stop cats pooping in your garden.
1. Create a cat repellent
Cats love discovering new places, marking an area and digging to cover their poo. One simple way to prevent cats from entering your landscaping is to scatter strong scents they can’t stand, like:
What do you need to do? You can purchase a cat repellent or just choose one of these ingredients, mix them with water in a hand sprayer and spray the mixture all over your garden. It’s an inexpensive way to keep cats out of your garden.
If that doesn’t work, you can make a more powerful repellent with the ingredients you probably have.
- A spray bottle
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper( or black pepper)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 crushed garlic clove
- 3 drops lemon essential oil
Steps to follow:
- Put the cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and dry mustard in the bottle and shake it very well.
- Add then the garlic clove and essential oil.
- Shake again and fill it with water. Shake once more to combine all the ingredients.
- Spray your garden with the mixture.
2. Citrus peels
Another strong smell that cats don’t like and that will deter them from pooping in the garden is the citrus scent. You need to chop fruits like lemons, limes and oranges and spread them around your garden.
You can also make your cat repeller with these fruits. Squeeze them and pour the juice into a spray bottle. Add some water and spray again specific areas where you notice cat poo more often.
3. Cover your garden with a rough surface
Cats love to step and dig in the soft ground. You can turn your garden into a non so appealing area for cats with some cheap and safe ways that will prevent them from digging and leaving their impurities in your garden.
- Spread mulch around your garden. Cats don’t like feeling it, and they will avoid stepping on it.
- Lay chicken wire. Cats’ paws are very sensitive and soft. They don’t like feeling the openings in the wire. Lay chicken wire with 2.5cm openings across your garden beds and paths and keep cats out of your garden.
- Use pine cones. Place pine cones in the soil focusing on the area around your plants. They will deter cats from digging.
- Place eggshells, holly cuttings or repurposed plastic carpet runners.
Another smell that cats hate is the smell of bananas. A low-cost way to keep cats out of your landscaping is to chop bananas and spread them around your flower beds/ vegetable garden. Ripe bananas have a strong smell that cats hate and deter them.
5. Plant some repellent plants
A great way to deter cats from entering and damaging plants and make your garden more appealing is to plant some plants that act like cat repellers. Plant Coleus Canina, lavender, and rue on different sights in your garden, especially wherever you most frequently notice cat signs.
6. Sprinkle coffee grounds
Wondering what to do with the coffee beans from your coffee machine? Brewed coffee grounds can work perfectly to keep cats out of your back garden. Cats hate the smell and the texture of coffee. Thus, sprinkle some on the garden beds and between your plants. We promise that you won’t see cats again.
7. Wash their favourite place
If you have noticed that cats prefer certain areas to hang around, you can just wash them to remove any smells. Grab the garden hose and start washing the cat loved areas. You can also enhance your cleaning using soap.
8. Install motion-activated sprinklers
This is a more expensive solution for keeping cats out of the garden, but it’s totally effective. Cats hate water and getting wet. A motion-activated sprinkler will turn on every time it detects movement and will release a burst of water, making at the same time a noise that scares cats away.
9. Install sound motion detectors
It’s the same idea as the above method. Ultrasonic cat deterrent emits high-frequency sound every time it detects movement. You won’t be able to hear that sound. Cats, on the other hand, will listen to that sound. A sound motion sensor can cover only a small area. So, you better place them at the entrances.
10. Get a lion dung
What’s that? It’s a packaged lion poo! Yeap! Lion dung is an effective cat repeller that you can buy. It’s cheap, easy to use and very effective. Lions are bigger and stronger cats. Thus, if a cat smells lion poo, it won’t dare to use the area again.
11. Sprinkle mothballs
Mothballs are very toxic to cats. However, they can be used as a cat repellent to protect your garden. Their smell will deter cats. Don’t worry! Cats won’t eat them. Sprinkle several moth flakes all over your garden, fill containers with them, poke some holes, and place them in the problem areas.
12. Fence up your garden
If you want to prevent cats from invading your garden, you can install a fence all around your garden or a specific area. It’s quite an effective solution. Just make sure you have a fence at least 1.8 metres high and 5.1 by 5.1-centimetre squares.
13. Get an animal-shaped stand with glowing eyes
It’s similar to scarecrow but more developed. It’s usually an owl or cat figure standing on an alert stance and with realistic glowy eyes. The eyes are made from a light-reflecting metal that absorbs sunlight during the day and lights up.
14. Place sticks or branches
Use some sticks and branches to hedge in your garden beds. Cris-cross the sticks and the branches and place them around your flower beds. Cat’s don’t like walking on sticks. This way, your plants are safe.
Alternatively, you can use latticework in the same way. Your plants will be able to grow through the holes, and cats won’t walk on them.
What if none works? How to curb the cat population?
If none of the above methods works and cats keep fouling around your garden, there are some solutions that cats will appreciate more.
- The first thing you can do is to get a dog. Dogs are man’s best friend and cat’s worst enemy. A dog will keep you company and, at the same time, will chase stray cats out of your garden.
- If you aren’t fond of taking a pet, you can form an area somewhere in your garden and away from your precious plants for stray cats to relax. Choose a sunny spot and plant catnip. Cats love that plant, and they’ll leave your vegetables and flowers. Get a litter box filled with dry sand to dig and spread fine mulch. Cats might dislike it, but they do enjoy digging in the fine mulch.
- Besides catnip, cats like wheat berries, flax, oat grass, barley grass, and lemongrass. Plant more plants that cats like to be occupied with and let yours.
Stray cats that come into your yard don’t realise the damage they cause and how annoying they might be. They leave their faeces everywhere, dig all your plants or even eat them. You can stop cats from pooping in your garden by applying the above methods. They might not all work well. Try as many as you can and keep those that best fit your needs. Afterwards, you can also try the 7 smart ways to keep cats out of your garden once and for all