Cats can be great pets, but their poop isn’t that nice. What do you do if you want to stop your cat pooping in your garden? What if it’s not even your cat and you want to stop visiting cats pooping? It might be difficult to close your garden off completely, and cats like to roam—but you still need to do something about it. The first thing you can do about it is read this article. If you’re looking for some great tips and good advice when trying to get rid of cat poop from your garden or stop it happening in the first place, then you’ve probably found the right article for you. In it, we’re going to tell you all the info you need to know and more.
You see, having your own cat that poops in the garden or being concerned about someone else’s cat are two separate issues and they have a different selection of solutions. While some of the solutions might cross over and work well for both situations, not all of them do. So to start with, we’re going to look at how to solve the problem with your own cats. After that, we can look a bit more closely at general roaming cats and what you can do about it.
Not all of these solutions will get rid of cats completely, although some are good for that. Not everyone is a fan of visiting cats, and even fewer people are fans of cat poop. So what can you do about it? Let’s have a look…
If it’s your own cat
There are a range of different methods that can help prevent cats from pooping in your garden. To start with, let’s look at some of the methods that you can put in place if it’s your own cat. Often, these are very different to ones you might use on general roaming cats that come into your garden from time to time. You can try different things when you own a cat that you can’t do when you don’t, but you also won’t want to scare a cat away like you might if it wasn’t yours.
Get cat litter
Cat litters are a place that’s designed for your own cats to poop in. They help disguise the smell and are made up of loads of tiny bits of clay. These are a great addition to your home if you’ve got a cat. That’s because they’re a great start when you want to train your cat…
Train your cat
If it’s your own cat that you want to stop pooping in the garden, you’ve got one key advantage. You can train it. You can’t really train someone else’s cat, especially if it doesn’t come into your garden that often. But with your own cat, you can. There are a range of different training methods you can use. Try starting with your cat litter box and making sure your cat knows to only poop there. Reward your cat when it does the right thing. There’s plenty of advice online when it comes to training cats to poop properly and in the right places.
Change their diet
While changing your cat’s diet won’t stop it pooping in the wrong place, it could change the dynamics of how it poops. In other words, if your cat is pooping too often and needing to poop outside a lot, it might be eating the wrong food. Changing your cat’s diet can also make the poop more manageable and easier to deal with if it does happen outside, so you won’t have to worry about it as much.
If it’s other cats
Having other cats poop in your garden is a slightly different situation. You can’t train someone else’s cat very easily. However, you can use a few simple training principles so that your cat gets the idea and doesn’t come back to your garden. Not only that, but you don’t have to worry as much about scaring off someone else’s cat (although you shouldn’t be too extreme here).
Use a scarecrow
This method is tried and tested. That’s why it has been used by farmers for years. Sometimes, you don’t need high tech solutions when simple ones will do. While this method might be best-used for birds and other animals that are slightly less intelligent than cats, it can still work with cats. Place it in the part of your garden that gets pooped in the most and make sure it has plenty of movement in it so it seems like a person.
Use automated sprinklers
A sprinkler system is another handy way to get rid of cats. Especially ones that don’t like water. Placing the sprinklers in the right place can keep much of your garden clean. You can also get automated sprinklers that turn on when they sense movement.
Use smell deterrents
Cats have a strong sense of smell. While that’s normally a benefit for them, it also means they can react to smells they don’t like, that humans can’t even notice. So try spreading some of these smells around the garden to stop cats coming near. This will only really work if you don’t have your own cats, like a lot of the options in this section.
Use high-tech deterrents
You could try automatic lighting, but this only works at night. You can also install devices that emit a high pitched noise than isn’t audible to humans but can scare off cats. But this will get rid of a lot of other wildlife too (as will most of these options).
Get a dog
Cats won’t tend to come near your harden if there’s a dog loose there.
Fix your fencing
If your cats are getting in through fencing, try fixing them. But remember, cats can jump really well.
Ask your neighbours for help
If it’s a neighbours cat, you might simply be able to ask them to help by preventing their cat coming into your garden themselves.