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How to Stop Cats Going To The Loo In Your Garden

What can you do to keep a cat from pooping in your garden? Natural remedies, motion-sensing sprinklers, an ultrasonic deterrent, and chicken wire can all be used to keep your home safe. But which is the most effective?

There is nothing more frustrating than looking out across your beautifully landscaped gardens and spotting a cat poop in the middle of it – or, even worse, failing to notice it and ending up with cat poop on the bottom of your shoe! No one, cat lover or cat hater, wants to be the one responsible for picking up other people’s cats’ faeces. Pet cats are popular among British adults, with an estimated population of 11.1 million in the country. When these furry felines decide that your garden is the best place to do their business, it can feel as if the entire population of 11.1 million is using your garden as a public toilet!

The fact that there are hundreds of methods for deterring cats from pooping in your garden can make it a bit of a minefield as to which to try – no doubt if you’re reading this article you’re already ready and willing to try them all if it means that another “accident” in your flower beds will be avoided! We have discovered the most effective methods for preventing cats from pooping in your garden, so after reading this article, you will be prepared to go out and reclaim your turf!

Using Home Remedies to Prevent Cats From Pooping in Your Garden


Cats have a very acute sense of smell, and there are certain scents that they do not enjoy – such as citrus, peppermint, and lavender – that are not appealing to them. While spraying these around the garden can deter cats, it is important to remember to spray them on a regular basis because even the smallest amount of rain will wash away the scent.

A less popular option is to use ammonia-based odours to trick the cat into thinking it is in another cat’s territory – however, this will mean that you will have to deal with the smell of ammonia in your garden as well!

Plants and objects with sharp or pointed edges

You can put prickly or uncomfortable to walk on materials in your growing beds. Things like pine cones, eggs shells, bramble or rose cuttings laid along the ground may deter cats from pooping in the garden where you want to plant. I’ve also seen small eating forks pushed into the soil (tines facing upwards) in an attempt to persuade cats to go elsewhere. Just be careful that the objects and materials that you use are not so spiky or sharp that they could harm the cats. Remember that if they could hurt a cat that means they could also hurt you as you garden! You are just aiming to make the area less inviting for the feline visitors to walk or dig in.

This is a cheap option, useful if you have established growing beds. And there are several different things that to use as prickly materials. However, it’s not an ideal choice if you work the beds frequently and there is the potential that the objects can get moved by the weather, rain or wind. Additionally, it’s not terribly practical if you have a large growing area to protect.

Stuff To Buy

Motion-sensor sprinkler

Pestbye® Jet Spray Battery Operated Motion Activated Cat Scarer & Repellent - Animal Repeller
  • This cat repellent has easily adjustable range of sensitivity settings
  • Range of up to 10m in a 120 degree arc
  • This cat deterrent covers an area of at least 100sqm
  • Fires a 5 second burst of water when triggered
  • This cat scarer resets itself after every activation

This device can be placed almost anywhere in your garden, though it is most often pushed into the soil near the garden’s perimeter to provide additional security. When they notice movement in front of them, they release a small amount of water into the surrounding garden to cool it down. According to the theory, this spray of water will frighten the cat and prevent them from doing whatever they were about to do – or, even better, cause them to flee out of your garden. They have been observed to work well in many gardens; the only drawback is that they must be installed and will only protect a small area in front of them; therefore, multiple devices will be required to protect the entire garden!

The following are some of the advantages of a water spray cat deterrent:

The water can be directed precisely where you want it to be sprayed because they are fully adjustable.
They are intended to last for an extended period of time.
These deterrents are not only effective against cats, but they can also be used to deter other animals.

However, there are a few drawbacks to consider:

They have the potential to be a more expensive method.
Because they are more effective for larger areas, you may find them less useful in a small garden.
It necessitates the maintenance of a continuous connection to a water supply.

Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent

Pestbye® Battery Operated Motion Activated Waterproof Cat Repellent - Quick Fix Ultrasonic Cat Scarer with Ground Stake - Set of 2
  • The safe/humane way to keep cats and other unwanted pests (Dogs, Foxes, Squirrels, Rodents, some insects) out of your garden with fully adjustable sensitivity and frequency
  • Infrared PIR motion sensor detects the movement and body heat (reducing fake activation, extending battery life) upto 7m away activating the cat repeller to emit a high frequency sound, irritating to the cat and almost inaudible to humans
  • Easy set up - Includes zinc coated ground stake and tab for fitting directly to wall or fence. This cat repellent is fully weatherproof, you may leave outside in all weathers.
  • Effective or your money back – if you are not satisfied with the performance of this cat deterrent return within 45 days for a full refund
  • Requires 4 x AA Batteries (not included) battery life varies depending on activations but feedback from customers varies between 6 weeks to several months – (see questions section below)

This device, which operates in a manner similar to a motion-sensor sprinkler, will emit a very high frequency sound when it detects something in front of it. The noise, which is almost inaudible to humans, is extremely deafening to cats, and as a result, they should be encouraged to leave the garden. Although they will cover a smaller area than a sprinkler, it is important to either purchase multiple devices or try to determine where the cats are entering your garden and place one in that location to ensure they are effective.

They are excellent for the following reasons:

They are simple to install – simply insert the batteries, complete any simple assembly that may be required, and then place them in the garden. They require little maintenance (although see the disadvantages below)
Humans are not disturbed by the sound.

The disadvantages are as follows:

Batteries should be replaced on a regular basis. It is necessary to inspect the device on a regular basis.
This item requires precise positioning, and finding the optimal location may require several trials.
The outcomes are unpredictable, as they are with all of these methods.

Chicken Wire

Suregreen PVC Coated Chicken Wire | 600mm x 10m | 50mm Holes
  • Size and Measurements: This chicken wire is available in three different heights - 600mm, 900mm and 1200mm with lengths ranging from 10m, 25m and 50m. Each roll size has both 25mm and 50mm aperture options to suit small and larger animals
  • Material & Features: The chicken wire is manufactured from a galvanised steel that has been coated in a protective green plastic. This PVC coating makes it safer to use with animals and the green colour is more subtle in outdoor environments as it seamlessly blend into your garden
  • Applications: For our 25mm hole chicken wire we would recommend using it on runs for chickens, rabbits and other small animals such as guinea pigs. The chicken wire with 50mm holes is ideal for enclosing poultry and can also be used for garden fencing. PVC Chicken wire is ideal for when crop protection is required to be discreet and blend in with hedges and grass areas
  • Easy to use: Our chicken wire is provided as a roll for easier transport; simply unroll and cut to your required length. We would recommend using wire pliers as they will easily cut even the thicker wire gauges. The wire is also flexible enough to be manipulated by hand to any desired shape
  • Safety first: When cutting and bending the wire to size, we would recommend using gloves to protect your hands from any sharp and jagged edges

It goes without saying that if the cat is unable to reach the location where it wishes to relieve itself, it will have to find another location to relieve itself. Although placing chicken wire around your flower beds may detract from the appearance of your garden and cause your plants to suffer, this method has been found to be effective in preventing cats from pooping in a specific area. Cats like to dig before and after going to the bathroom, so if they are unable to do so, or if they have the hard wire under their feet when they are trying to go, they are likely to move on and go to another location.

It is always worth putting down chicken wire as an initial deterrent – while also experimenting with other methods – and then removing it once you have determined that the cats have stopped coming into your garden in the hope that the other methods will be sufficient to keep them away in the future!

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