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stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:30

It is not cruel to keep cats indoors if they are properly looked after.  Members of my family have house cats who are fit, healthy and emotionally well-balanced - verified by vets.  Far better for them than cats who are expected to amuse themselves outside and get into fights, get bitten by rats resulting in infections, or get run over - all of which have happened to my cats in the past when they have been allowed outside.  

And I don't think anyone's lecturing you - you asked a question - we've given you some ideas. 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:24

BL - it wasn't my idea to get her to do fig.8!!!    As I was busy on the small-holding a very capable teenager used to exercise Katie for me sometimes - Katie was a Haflinger who, before I had her ,had spent a couple of seasons  carriage-driving on Yarmouth sea front - Paula thought she needed a bit of schooling but was perhaps a bit over-ambitious - poor Katie was very confused (a bit of a dumb blonde only joking!) She was however an absolute delight to hack out, totally traffic-proof yet very responsive 

Curling leaves on Fuchsia

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

That looks like insect damage to me.

What is this glossy leaved evergreen?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:55

Hurrah!!!  We have pictures   There'll be no stopping you now!!!  

Yes, Prunus laurocerasus - laurel, of the type commonly used for hedging. 

Ask Alan

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:39

Cotty - Flora dog lives in the US. 

What is this glossy leaved evergreen?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:24

No that doesn't work - we don't have permission to access that site - if the pics are saved to your pc all you need to do is click on the green tree icon in the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:22

I'll be sending a batch to GJ next week - have been sorting stuff out and also have some from my daughter 

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:17

Don't think anyone's advocating extinction FB, but it is a big issue for gardeners, parents and potential parents as I'm sure you understand. 

I've owned cats in the past, and they've had dry sand trays in sheltered places (eg. the log store) which they've used.  Of course I couldn't monitor them 24/7 but I did speak to gardening neighbours who said they were not aware of my cats using their gardens.

We are surrounded by cats here, and we don't have any ourselves, and we do get 'loo visits' the neighbours' cats - I've bought rolls of chicken wire to make wire cloches to protect seedlings in the veg patch, and I will clap, shout, chase and fire a water pistol at them when they peek their noses through the Hedgehog Gate in the fence.  Our neighbours know that we would never hurt them, but we are not averse to giving them a good scaring!  It doesn't seem to put them off us, as when we go out of our front door the neighbours' cats come and greet us for a bit of a fuss 

Our immediate neighbours keep their cats in overnight, which does help a bit.  It would be good if everyone did the same, for the sake of gardeners, the wildlife and the cats themselves - it is usually in the early hours of the morning that cats become traffic victims. 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:10

Verdun - do you want cake today or not?  Better behave 

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:03

I agree Clari - we should never under-estimate the damage caused by toxoplasmosis infection - as someone whose career involved the assessment and support of severely physically and learning disabled children, I can confirm that infection by toxoplasmosis results in some of the most severely disabled children in the UK.

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