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.