Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:32
Our latest cat spends most of her life indoors and has a litter tray but previous cats have always used our garden. When we lived in Harrow we had up to 7 cats take up residence with us, 3 cats next door and 2 at the next house so I simply gardened with gloves on.
Now we have 2 dogs and have to do regular poo patrols in our garden as well as taking poo bags on walkies. It's all part of responsible pet ownership along with having cats and dogs sterilised, chipped, vaccinated and regularly treated for worms, ticks and fleas. I also think cats should be kept in at night.
We feed the birds all year round but I have a special hanging bird feeder bar that keeps them out of the range of pouncing pussies and the ground feeding slab is clear of cover too. There are shrubs nearby so the small birds have shelter from sparrowhawks too.
We live in the country in an old farmhouse so need a cat or two to catch the mice which try to migrate into the house for winter. Our terrier rescue dog is good at chasing rats which live in burrows along the edge of the arable field behind and also like to explore our garden and garage for food in winter.