Cats Using Your Garden as a Toilet? – How to Stop Cats From Pooping In the Garden.

cat at the garden

If you’re a passionate gardener, you know that nothing can be as disappointing as finding cat poop in-between vegetable plants. You’ve probably spent several hours tending to the garden, only to come back and realize that some cat had used it as toilet yet again. You keep wondering, “How do I stop cats from pooping in the garden?” Before we talk about what to do, let’s first discuss what you can’t do.

Most gardeners implore inhumane ways to deter cats from messing up the garden. Regardless of how upset you are with the actions of cats, you should never hurt them. 

Extreme Cat Pooping In Garden Solutions

I’ve read some terrible suggestions on online groups, where people advocated for such actions as;

  • Sprinkling of black pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, crushed up moth balls, etc. in the garden. Even though these methods might work, but cats can get them in their eyes as they clean themselves. Now, that’s not cool. Plus, moth balls alone are toxic to both humans and animals alike.
  • Throwing stones at the cat.
  • ‘Planting’ poky materials on the soil to stop cats from walking on the garden.
  • Placing duct tapes in the garden, with the sticky side up.
  • Some persons even suggested shooting the cat, while others suggested picking up the poop and leaving it on the doorstep of the neighbor who owns the cat. Really?

How would any of the above actions provide a lasting solution?

Humane Cat Pooping In Garden Solutions

Use Ultrasonic Outdoor Animal & Cat Repeller: This practically deters pests from entering and destroying your garden. The repeller works by emitting a soft sound that only animals can hear. This will keep them away.

Even though it’s safe and very simple to use, it can be expensive if your garden is very large. 

Install Motion Activated Sprinklers: This is one of the favorites for many gardeners. It works perfectly well to keep animals like dogs, cats, deer, rabbits, etc. away from the garden. A gentle spray from the sprinkler is enough to scare away the animals. Be careful you don’t get soaked as you walk by the garden though.

Make the garden uncomfortable for cats by doing the following:

  • Cats like to use freshly dug soil as toilet. So, you can stick some 6″ to 8″ tall sticks in the ground, just around your flowers and veggies. 
  • Sprinkle some critter ridder around the garden. Cats doesn’t like the smell of it and would certainly keep away.
  • Buy fox or coyote urine from any hardware store and sprinkle it in the garden. This makes cats think a larger predator is nearby and would stay away.
  • Spray vinegar on plants, garden fences, posts, and edges of the garden to keep cats away. Focus on areas mostly frequented by cats. Be careful though, as some plants don’t like the acid.
  • You can also choose to add lemon and orange peels in your garden beds. This will certainly keep Felines away, as they dislike the smell of citrus. Don’t like pieces of lemon and orange peels in your garden? Then dry and crush them in small pieces.
  • Poke holes in the lids of baby food jars, fill them up with ammonia and bury around your plants. The scent tricks cats into thinking the territory has been marked by another cat.

Create alternative spots away from the garden for the cats?

While this doesn’t totally mean cats won’t visit your garden, it sures makes them visit less. So create a spot for them in a far corner by planting some catnips. This method may attract more cats, but at least you know they won’t be pooping in your garden.

Capture cats and move them away.

This can be your last resort. And yes, it’s legal. Trap them and take them to a shelter. Well, your neighbor might not be happy with you if you happen to trap their cat.  If it’s a feral cat, then trapping would certainly stop their proliferation. 

That about wraps it up on methods to use to stop cats from pooping in your garden. Any of the above methods would work very well, so you don’t get to step on cat poo again. Now if you are having trouble with squirrels