How To Stop Cats From Pooping In Your Yard
This video explains in detail why cats choose to go to the bathroom in your garden, and goes on to describes several useful methods in which to discourage them from doing so.
Hi. My name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity.
And I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care. Hi, I'm going to talk to you today about how to stop cats from pooping in your yard. And by this, we mean cats going to the toilet in your garden.
So why do cats like using your garden to go to the toilet so much? Well, that's because cats in the wild tend to prefer nice quiet outdoor places where they can feel private and clean to go to the toilet in. So, that may just be that there's a place in your garden which fits the bill just perfectly for that cat. It's important to know that it's a cat's natural behavior and that cats are free roaming creatures, and they are protected by law.
So, they don't necessarily respect human boundaries, so they don't necessarily know it's your garden they're going to the toilet in. If it is your cat that you're having a problem with, a good idea is to provide it with somewhere it's going to prefer to go to the toilet in. Equally, if it's a neighbor's cat and you know who they are, you can speak to them about providing their cat more preferable places to go to the toilet.
The kind of things that cats like, they like it to be quiet and private and they like to use the same kind of substrate, or soil, or cat litter, that they were used to when they were kittens. Sometimes different areas can be good. Cats tend to like dry and sandy places, easy to dig up places.
So, maybe you can also talk about having a latrine cut into your garden, a place that is specifically for the cat to go to the toilet in. So how can you stop cats from going to the toilet in your garden? There are a few humane deterrents that you can use. Cats don't necessarily like loud noises or short, sharp noises.
So, yelling at the cat, clapping at the cat, there are electronic things that you can use as well that emit high pitched sounds which can deter cats. There are also electronic things that can squirt little bits of water sometimes. Sometimes using soft water pistols can be quite useful.
Don't use high pressure ones or super soakers. And do be careful of the eyes, as this can hurt the cat. But sometimes cats find water very unpleasant and that can be a great deterrent.
There are landscaping things you can do in your garden as well to deter cats from coming in. Using high, close bordered fences can be useful. Planting your garden with close bordered shrubs, sometimes spiky plants can be useful.
And if your problem is with cats spraying up against your wall, sometimes planting tall, spiky plants in those areas can deter them also. If you want any more information on this subject, log on to cats.org.