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Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Temprise, 3 Sep 2010.

  1. Temprise

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    There is a cat that is using my back garden as a toilet on a daily basis. I have even had to fence off the lawned areas to stop my young nieces and nephews from playing on it.

    Whats the best form of repellant for cats?

    I have used pepper, but it washes away with rain.

    I have seen motion alarm types of repellant but how good are they?

    Any help or suggestions please.

    Regards
     
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    get a bigger cat
     
  4. JohnD

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    cats are territorial. They only foul areas that are uninhabited (by cats)

    so if you befriend the cat, so that it looks on your garden as its home, it will not foul there. If necessary, it will use a loose flower bed and bury its waste.

    Alternatively, if you have your own cat, that treats your garden as its home, other cats will not foul there.

    This is why cat owners find it difficult to believe that cats make mess in peoples gardens - they never see it happening.

    Not like dogs which are filthy creatures and leave muck everywhere.

    you can sometimes buy lion dung "silent roar" collected from zoos, it makes them think that the garden is home to a very large cat.
     
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    Cats like nice soft soil that's easy to dig in to and room to manoeuvre, so you need to make this unattractive to them.

    What I do, although it doesn't look very nice, is chop up cheap old bamboo canes into about 1 foot lengths and push them into the ground about a foot apart or less with about 6 inches sticking out of the ground. It doesn't give the cat much room to dig and squat with the canes in the way.
    I also leave thorny prunings from shrubs around the place as they don't like these either.

    If this doesn't appeal to you then the advice in the post above is sound but you don't need to get a cat. I use 'Silent Roar' which a lot of people will tell you doesn't work.
    It does work, providing you are patient. I get it from the garden centre or online and it's not cheap at about £7 a box. It's pellets coated in essence of Lion dung and you spread it around thickly all over your soil. A cat will compete with it initially, perhaps up to two weeks, then all of a sudden you will notice the cat leaves your garden alone as it senses a bigger cat has taken up lodgings, and will stay away for at least 6 months before you need to reapply.

    If your garden is very big then 1 box might not be enough, that's why I also use the canes or any twiggy sticks really would do, shoved into the soil.
    Unfortunately it's an ongoing process.

    oh, I've just noticed the post above mine submitted at the same time, also mentions the Lion dung. So there you go :)
     
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  6. Stivino

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    Your own cat will poo in its own garden, mine did and my Mum's does it too. Now that I don't have a cat, my neighbour's cat poos in my garden. It doesn't know it's not its garden and as it only lives a few meters from his own house and he's the only cat in the area, then he's also pooing in his own territory.
    1. Cats poo in their own garden.
    2. Cats poo in their own territory.
     
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    but in their own territory they will bury it neatly, because they like their homes to be clean. In an unoccupied garden they may just leave it, like a dog or fox would, even on a path or lawn.

    buried waste rots away very quickly, with help from soil bacteria, beetles and worms.
     
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    i have to say even though i was very sceptical i tried a sonic cat repeller from b and q and it worked brilliantly. I would imagine it will only work for a very small garden like mine though and i have friends that bought one and it didn't work at all.

    What was my point again?? :oops:
     
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    Stivino, you're in the wrong forum... general cars, or car repairs/maintenance is for you my friend !! :eek:
     
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    my problem is that although my garden isn't particularly large, it runs right round the house, so it has quite a large perimeter... so sonic, or lion poo, not really gonna work.... i think a dog might be the only answer?

    what's weird is that four nights ago, there was a pile of poo on the lawn... each stool (can't believe i'm typing this !! :eek:) was 2 to 3 inches long, seemed too big for a cat, but it wasn;t dog poo ! and then last night, there was a pile on my block paving by my gate, but this was tiny, about an inch per stool....

    what's foxes poo like !! :eek: (am i on the wrong website here? :confused: )
     
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    Fox poo depends on its diet. I live in the country and when I see fox poo it always has little bones and fur in it. You probably won't get that from an urban fox.
     
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    Duh! It's worse than it looks, I had actually proof read that post. :rolleyes:
     
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    urban fox muck is usually very black if they live in gardens and eat mice, beetles, worms and burgers

    they use it as territorial marking so it is usually prominently placed on paths, low walls, doorsteps etc

    you can actually discourage foxes by getting a large, carnivourous, mature male animal to wee around the house and garden.

    A man will do.
     
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    :eek:
     
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    Hmmm... quite useful... unitl the bit where i have to wee all around my house !!! plus i need to know the relative size of British mammal poo !! i feel a google coming on !
     
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    We had the same problem, until I went to Argo5 and bought an electrical cat repeller. It's plugged into the garage at the end of the garden, with it being fixed on the exterior garage wall. It can take upto 2 weeks to stop the cats coming into the garden. But it Works.

    We also have rabbits and chickens in the garden that are not affected by it.

    It cost about £30.00

    Andy
     
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