Posted: 13/08/2014 at 07:54
Sorry Pottering I was responding to the post before yours.
I do agree that some people seem not to be embarrassed or concerned about their cat's soiling and damage to other people's gardens, let alone the harm done to wildlife. On the other hand some owners do go to a lot of trouble to prevent as much cat-trouble as they can. When we had cats we kept them in at night and provided them with litter trays outside in our garden which they used. This protected our flowerbeds and our neighbours said that our pets rarely soiled their garden.
Our next door neighbours have cats - we chase them out of the back garden and they're getting the message - helped by the fact that one of them performed it's usual leap over the hostas, not knowing that we'd dug and filled a pond on the other side! We've not seen that cat in the garden again However, I always protect newly sown areas with wire netting laid over the top to be on the safe side.
When we came here the front garden was all grass, but since we dug a border it's received attentions from a cat from across the road. Now that the border is planted up it's 'performing' on the lawn over night. Not pleasant but removable with a plastic bag in the morning.
Cats are more difficult to 'control' than dogs and other domestic pets, and I think that has been accepted over the years in exchange for their role in keeping down rats and mice within communities. Now cats are too well-fed to need to hunt and yet many of them are still let out at nights where they are vulnerable to foxes and traffic. I used to drive for my job, and certainly the feline traffic casualties that I saw were always in the very early morning.
Cats don't need to be outside at night. I wish their owners would keep them in. Members of my family have cats - they never go out at night and are perfectly happy and healthy cats.