Posted: 23/02/2015 at 08:33
If you read my post Gillian you'll see that cats don't confine their attentions to bare soil but foul my lawn as well. They also defecate between my cabbages in my raised bed. The excrement of carnivores is not only unpleasant, it is likely to carry pathogens.
If I follow your suggestion of making an outside loo in my garden for my neighbours' cats, what do you suggest I do with it when it is so full of excrement that the cats won't use it any more?
Whilst I would be quite happy to maintain and refresh an outside loo for my cats if I had them, I don't see why I should create, clear up and replace an outside loo for other people's pets. Perhaps their owners would come into my garden and do that? Or should I bag it up and deposit it on their doorstep for them to dispose of? I don't think that would encourage good neighbourliness.
Far better for the cats and the rest of us if the cats stay indoors, at least overnight, which will at least cut down on the nuisance to other people. If people choose to have a non-domesticated pet it should be their responsibility to ensure that it doesn't cause a problem for other people. That is what happens in every other walk of life - people take responsibility for their choices and actions.