A litter box is a collection box for feaces and urine for cats, or other pets like rabbits, small pigs, and dogs. These are essential items for your pet if you do not want to allow them outside to excrete. Keep your home clean and smelling nice with a good litter box.
If this is so one can train the cat to go outside to do their business. Although after some time this might become a problem with you as you have to clean up the mess outside. The cat may decide to poop everywhere from the house path to your garden making the area outside unclean and smelly.
Naturally, cats like roaming around and might find your garden to fit their place of preference to consider as their toilet.
Cat poop can contaminate the soil with disease hence the worry when they go to your garden to poop.
Why do cats prefer a Garden as a Toilet Area?
The garden can be a quiet place which your cat prefers.
Cats also love a place with fresh soil, easy to dig up when covering their toilet waste and your garden may fit this.
The garden is an attractive and well-covered place that will provide the privacy your cat is looking for.
Regardless we have several ways to prevent cats from pooing in the garden. We will show you ways to use to deter your cat from using your garden as a toilet spot from homemade ways to purchased products.
Ways of Preventing Cat from Pooing in the Garden
1. Odor Repellent
Cats do not like certain smells from vinegar, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, and crushed pepper among other smells.
Crushed pepper can be poured again in the garden in case of rain so as to deter the cat away from there. Particularly it is an effective way to keep cats out of the garden as it irritates the cats.
One can sprinkle the pepper on the ground or on the plants with a spray bottle after mixing with water. The scent will irritate your cat and repel it.
Also, you can fence your garden with rosemary which cats hate hence will keep the cat away.
2. Cat Deterrent Devices
Use Motion Sensor, Deterrent or Noise
Cats love a quiet place like a garden, hence if you shout at them when you notice he is going to the garden it will stop going there.
Besides you can install a motion sensor that can alarm it when it gets near the garden hence scaring it. These products emit an unpleasant sound at a frequency cats can hear but humans can’t. Importantly the devices can be bought and placed on the ground in the garden and when your cat gets close it makes a sound scaring her.
Moreover, you can use a splashing hose placed on the ground which splays water to deter them from going to the garden which can be activated by a motion sensor. Cats do not like getting wet hence will avoid getting near the garden.
Use Spike Mats/Chicken Wire
Use Cat Scat Mat to keep Cat away from Garden
Lay down material before landscaping your garden that is hard for the cat to walk on like spike mats and wire mesh (chicken wire). Ensure they are no naked wires pointing out to avoid injuring the cat.
Have holes in it that are large enough for plants to grow.
When you notice your cat is going to poop in the garden, the most effective method is to block access. Use a chicken wire fence or wire cage around your bed, or floating row covers.
These will prevent the cats from digging in the flower beds, it is one of the less expensive methods to keep cats away from the garden.
Cats prefer to walk on soft, loose soil and will avoid prickly surfaces. Make your garden beds less inviting with spike mats. These spike mats are soft enough hence will not hurt the cats, but their texture will keep them away.
4. Cat Fence
Cat fences come in different types from:
Cat owners can use lattice fence to lay on the ground before planting in the garden. The gaps in the lattice fence will deter your cats from roaming into your garden.
Low Voltage Wire Fence
An electric fence of low voltage will not harm your cat but will keep her away from the garden. The fences shouldn’t be very high, 10 cm in height is high enough to keep the cat away. This type of fence can be purchased from a hardware or home supply store. One needs to keep children away from the electric fence and install it well.
Fence to Act as a Barrier
Cats can squeeze in small areas and having a barrier fence around your garden need to be 1.8 m in height with 5.1 by 5.1 cm to keep your cat out. Nonetheless to make the garden less attractive plant odor repellent plants, that the cats hate or pour herbs with scents that repel them.
Cats like digging up fresh soil, mulch your garden and heap the soil on top of the fresh soil. It will make it hard for the cat to dig in and hence give up on the garden. By this, you make the soil uncomfortable for cats to walk on by using rough-textured mulch or sprinkling prickly pinecones throughout your garden.
Use Sticks in the Garden to Confuse the Cat.
Cats mark their territory by urinating and excreting faeces at their selected areas. Hence if the garden is the place your cat is frequenting to poop you need to remove the scents from the garden.
Once you sprinkling cat repellent in the area to remove the scent you can use stick or chicken wire fence to seal the area off.