Well, my sod is up and taking well. I had the rest of my back yard
hydroseeded, and that is a wait-and-see. I say all of this to say that when
I went out to water the grass yesterday, I saw cat pooh on the grass. Yuk!
My dad said, speak to the owner of the house that the cats are from, but I
am not sure who's house it is.
I am trying to find out if there is something that will repel the cats from
my yard, some chemical or something besides a privacy fence.
I am already on the lookout to find who's cat it is, but I get the feeling
that he/she won't stop letting the cats out. They tend to come out in a
Also, I have deer footprints in my backyard everyday, I have never seen the
deer, but the lawn guy keeps pointing it out to me. I can't tell for sure
if the 'pooh' is from the deer or the cats (another reason I waited on
talking to the neighbor) but judging from size alone, I am guessing cats, so
if there are any suggestions on reasonable ways to make the deer stay away,
please let me know.
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
I remember coming across a pet repellant based on a garden water
sprinkler that is activated by a"pet sized" motion detector. Quite a
few pets and wild animals do love water so it might not be that
effective. Do a search on the Web.
Hideocams and video recording equipment are very affordable and easy
to set up for automatic home surveillance these days. A videotape of
the particular cat doing its toilet on your lawn will be irrefutable
evidence to identify its owner and let you do your diplomacy.
Deer crap is usually piles of round stuff, not long like a cat's. Good luck
keeping deer away. Plant catalogs (and people here) may be able to suggest
certain plants that keep them away, but for many people, a tall fence is the
only thing that works.
Cats are often another story. Mine was an outdoor cat. She rarely, if ever
used the litter box inside. She chose a couple of out of the way spots
around the shrubs and buried it so well that it was never a problem. I guess
I was lucky. But, two neighbors' cats weren't as cooperative, at least
initially. It took a while to train them to avoid my yard. I did it by
stationing myself comfortably in the yard with a lawn chair, a book, and one
of those super-soaker water toys - the kind that'll spray 30-40 feet. When
the cats arrived, they got splattered. Frankly, I didn't think it would
work, but after a few days of this treatment, the cats stopped jumping over
Be glad you're not dealing with dogs. Because they're so intensely stupid,
they learn where you don't want them and then go there repeatedly, until
you're forced to take drastic measures.
Yup. I've never seen a cat pooping out in the yard. In my yard, the
poop is skunks, raccoons, woodchucks and the occasional opossum.
Oh, yeah, and the guy from a block over and two blocks down who
"forgets" to pick up after his dog. I know who you are, you lazy
shithead, and the day I catch Rover in the act, you'll be wearing it.
Just a couple of hugh piles of mixed fall leaf shreddings and lawnmower
clippings I keep in the far corner of my yard. I let time and the worms do all
the work, and if I get the urge, or see an immediate need for finished product,
I'll spend a little time every couple of weeks turning it to accelerate the
I have 1 of a 10 "shrub spray" sprinkler zone out there just to keep it moist.
comes on for 45 minutes 2x a week. But the cats (mine and I'm sure others) love
to do there business in it, and their "business" doesn't seem to break down,
I've learned NOT to assume any lumps in the finished product can be broken up
by hand... ;-)
You might want to look into a couple of those heavy duty brown plastic bins.
Addressing the current issue, the ones I had did a fine job of keeping
animals out - the lids are quite heavy. And, I know we had raccoons.
The bins also serve another purpose. Because the hold the sun's heat, they
add almost another 2-3 months to the composting process, at least here in
If you cut your lawn correctly, it'll be high enough to hide the poo and you
will step in it. Poo on your carpet is not fertilizer. Poo on your car rugs
is not fertilizer. Please don't spread this lie. It makes people think it's
OK for the neighbor's dog to foul everyone's property.
It's not even fertilizer. It's much too strong to be used as
fertilizer and it kills plants. Feces from carnivores such as dogs and
cats should never be used as fertilizer unless it is heavily processed
-- a novelty like "ZooDoo" say. Even dung from herbivores such as
cattle and horses needs to be dried for some time and mixed with plant
material before using as fertilizer, or at the very least it needs to
be plowed in.
Since you have not seen any cats and you don't know cat dung from deer
dung, I suggest it could be from any of at least a hundred different animals
that you have not seen.
Good news is that if it is a domestic cat, it is highly unlikely they
will be leaving you any more once the grass starts to grow. They like soft
dirt. They also tend to bury their dung so it would seem unlikely that is
is a cat. I would suggest dog or wild animal, like rabbit, fox, etc.
You might try sprinkling a few drops of cheap perfume around where you
don't want the animals to be.
The cheaper the better. (Try the dollar store).
Most animals (both wild and domestic) can't stand the smell of it and will
head the other way when they get a whiff of it.
Don't go nuts with it. Just a drop every foot or so where you don't want
Most humans can't smell it after an hour or so, but animals with their
acute sense of smell will (depending on the species) smell it for weeks. A
fair size bottle should last through the entire summer season and beyond.
For the cats, I'd use a "Have-a-Heart" trap - you can usually borrow them
from the local animal control folks - they'll pick up the captured cats and
take care of them - in a humane manner.
You also mentioned deer- it sounds weird, but my sister has had excellent
results with using small bags of human hair (from the barber shop, etc.)
placed on the ground around the area where they're eating your stuff -
shaved Ivory soap also repels them very well.
If you like venison, there are other solutions . . .
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