Cats fouling my garden.

KeithT

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If they are getting over a wall or solid fence a method to stop foxes might work. It is used by some poultry keepers.
Foxes like to place their front paws several inches down the far side of a fence/wall before leaping down. A single strand of wire fixed about 10-12” from the top and 5-6” out prevents them steadying themselves before jumping.
 
Dtsteam

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Thanks for this thread everyone. We moved about a year ago and noticed a lot of cat carp in the garden. SWMBO assumed it was our cat but she always covered. That and a few other things, including this thread, are leading me to think we should looking for a fox.
 
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Thanks for this thread everyone. We moved about a year ago and noticed a lot of cat carp in the garden. SWMBO assumed it was our cat but she always covered. That and a few other things, including this thread, are leading me to think we should looking for a fox.
Post 11 still applies:devil:
 
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After many years of bitter experience of digging up buried cat poo while cleaning around the railway, I found the little beasts only seem to do their business where the soil is soft enough for them to actually bury the stuff. So, I have taken several steps to eliminate such areas - including laying chicken wire over some areas [weighted at the perimeter]; spreading a layer of 14mm gauge gravel over the ground area; and in some places planting very prickly cacti [evil, I know, but then so are cats!]. I now very rarely find any traces of cats, although I do see them around sometimes. Clearly, they have now taken their business elsewhere! [I also tried those ultrasonic cat scarers - but I think my neighbour's cat (which she swears she keeps indoors, but which I see roaming about quite often!) is deaf, so that foiled that plan] Unfortunately, it is against the law to bump the little blighters off.
 
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Get a cat of your own, that will work.
 
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Yeah an' it'll go and poop in someone else's garden :clap::clap::clap::clap:
Not necessarily. For quite some time our first (a rescue) cat used to come in to use his tray as a result of being left behind when his owners moved and the new occupants just shut him out and ignored him and he was eventually takenin by a small rescue group from whom we took him.

Our following cats seemed to use our garden (although if taken short they no doubt they used other gardens), Boots making a great show of digging large and deep holes, although then not always hitting them!. Our last cat (Fluff, an ex-feral) did get lazy in later years and would walk up the drive to the road and squat over a drain if he wanted a wee!
 
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I have no wish to make light of a situation which I appreciate will be a nuisance to some, but this is another cartoon 'acquired' from the internet some time ago...
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I've bought some chicken wire to see if that works.

Unfortunately I shall have to remove all the cats business and clean up where my plants and bulbs are.

I'll let you know if the chicken wire works.

SW
 
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Are you sure it's cats? Just coz they roam through doesn't mean it's them. Foxes and also Hedgehogs leave very similar traces to cats. though never bury it.

I'm sure there is already a full thread on this somewhere on here.
 
Rhinochugger

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Are you sure it's cats? Just coz they roam through doesn't mean it's them. Foxes and also Hedgehogs leave very similar traces to cats. though never bury it.

I'm sure there is already a full thread on this somewhere on here.
You can tell fox spoor - very different from cats, and a different smell. Cat poop is pretty solid, and stinks of cat - fox poop has lots of varied matter in it and smells musky.

Hedgehog poop usually has a little trail as the little fella wanders off before he's quite dunnit.

I know, I'm beginning to sound like Chris Packham :think::think::think:
 
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All the indications point to cats.

1) My neighbour has 2 cats.
2) They are not house-trained.
3) The other day I opened my side door only to see one of them actually doing it's business.

Not even circumstantial evidence.

Hopefully the chicken wire will deter the little blighters.

SW
 
JimmyB

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You can tell fox spoor - very different from cats, and a different smell. Cat poop is pretty solid, and stinks of cat - fox poop has lots of varied matter in it and smells musky.

Hedgehog poop usually has a little trail as the little fella wanders off before he's quite dunnit.

I know, I'm beginning to sound like Chris Packham :think::think::think:
I agree about the fox, but rats are the ones that poop on the trot, hedgehogs similar to rabbit but oval and very dark.
 
dunnyrail

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Glad to see that we are getting the full low down about hairy animals and spiky ones as well’s poop! What a broad Church of interest we are on this forum.
 
David1226

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Personally, I think you should all be deturd from discussing about it.

David
 
daveyb

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agree with the pir activated sprinkler,,, cats dont like it
 
JimmyB

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Are you sure it's cats? Just coz they roam through doesn't mean it's them. Foxes and also Hedgehogs leave very similar traces to cats. though never bury it.

I'm sure there is already a full thread on this somewhere on here.
I have seen feral cats on/in my shrubs carping :mad:, so though most cats do bury their poo not all of them bother