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@ JDVS If you're water is metered, there are scarecrow cat repellents that use a integral water supply, handy if you cannot get a hose to the garden easily or permanantly, of if you are on a metered supply. You can check it out at http://catrepellentguide.com/ultrasonic-cat-repellents/guardener-a201-2-0/ hope that helps!
So many great ideas.
Firstly have you informed your neighbours of your problem? Its thier problems too - is it not! Do they have litter trays for thier cats?
I like the idea someone mentioned earlier that just have no ground left uncovered and plant like mad.
glad i read this i was bordering on poison my neighbours have six cats that use my gravel driveway for there litter tray and my car as there scratching post
I've used the sonic cat scarers which seem to work - although not all the time. Definitely reduced the number of nasty surprises. And they dont seem to like Strulch - which is a mineralised straw mulch. I used it on my garden for the first time this year to suppress weeds and reduce water evaporation, and an unexpected bonus has been a drastic reduction in cat activity. Prior to application, there was at least one cat regularly digging up plants and leaving smelly parcels. As soon as the Strulch went down, the digging stopped. Once you first put it down it is a bit funky smelling, but this fades. Could simply be more proof that cats don't like "smelly things"
All the previous suggestions might work in garden areas, but any ideas for how to stop them leaving their calling cards on the lawn??
I had that prob - carefully positioned sonic cat scarer worked. I still get the odd calling card - presumably from a deaf cat passing through - but much less. I was literally scraping it off every day or so, now it's once every few months perhaps? Sonic cat scarers also deter foxes who will of course do their business anywhere. I've also had the pleasure of cleaning up after someone's dog which decided to foul the lawn in my front garden (I'm in London). Cat owers can't really do much about their cats once they leave the house, but what sort of person lets their dog do that? Honestly! Cat scarer seems to have put a stop to that as well, thank heavens.
The sonic scarers sound like they're worth a try. Any specific recommendations as there seem to be a number of products on the market. As the lawn is 100' x 30' I guess I need more than one
Just a note to say that, although they aren't usually audible to adult humans, children can often hear them and find them distressingly piercing.
Fair comment about the problems sonic scarers might cause children but thankfully we don't have any and neither do our neighbours. There was one in the house behind us a few years ago and her screaming in the garden probably scared off every living thing in a half mile radius. They certainly made our garden much less pleasurable on a sunny evening!
I tried the teabags dipped in Jeyes fluid down a very narrow pathway & watched one moggy step straight over it.
Just bought some Deep Heat, will try shortly.
We also have a sonic thing but maybe the cats are deaf.
I've tried them sonic scarer the cats came and put their heads in it. Was not bothered by it at all. I got my own cat, they dont mess in their own garden and won't allow other cats to do so. Get a cat.
Er, Florence, if your cats don't mess in their own garden, whose do they use?