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Cat poop in the garden!

Morning fellow gardeners!

I wanted to ask you if you think cat poop is going to hurt my garden? Since hubby dug up the vegetable plot to prepare it for spring planting, the cats are finding it's a lovely spot to do their business. I was wondering if the poop they're leaving there is going to hurt our seeds when we plant in a few weeks. Should we try and remove the poop? Should we be trying to stop them pooping there? If so, WHAT will stop them pooping there?


PS I'm Australian, in case you were thinking "duh, spring planting is over with, we're in summer!" ;)


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Aug. 23rd, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
You need to worry about trichinosis and other possible parasites from cat poop.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
No. Cat poop, unless its huge quanitites won't hurt anything. The likelyhood of catching somethign from it is pretty small but just wear garden gloves as per usual. Once you put the plants in, and there's foliage in the way, they should stop. Unfortuantly, they may scratch up your seeds so you might want to put the seeds under a cage (even a tomato cage on its side might deter them).
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Cayenne pepper will stop them. Even if they didn't want to poop there, for a cat, there's nothing more fun than digging and then rolling in the dirt, especially if you can destroy something while you're at it.
Aug. 25th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

Second this! Dump a ton of cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your garden (just be careful not to get any on your hands / in your eyes! It HURTS!). The cats'll try to cross and do their business, then go to lick their paws or rub their eyes later and will never repeat the experience. Oh, you might have one or two stubborn one's that'll give it a second try, but I guarantee, after that, you won't have any more cat problems! =)
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't like cats pooping and digging in my garden. It bought flies and my seeds were strewn about so they didn't grow. I used chicken wire and plastic net mesh along with putting down fresh orange and lemon rind every few days until the cats moved on to another spot. Now if I could just figure out how to keep them from pooping in the grass I'd be a happy girl. :) Who's cats are they? That might determine the best way to discourage them. The pesky ones at my place are strays. It's said that they don't like the smell of mint and lavendar but I bought mine so late in the season I never got a chance to test that.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
They're our cats, and I really wish they'd come inside and use the litter!
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Then if you eat oranges and lemons maybe give the citrus peelings a shot. It really did work at my place as did the chicken wire layed on top of the soil and mulch. When the plants started to grow in they stopped I guess because they had no room to squat.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll try this, as we eat a lot of oranges. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Cool. Let us know how it works. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
In my experience, nothing will stop them. I regularly clear out a small carrier bag of cat poop out of my front garden - there are a number of cats in my area and they all think my regularly dug soil is just peachy as a toilet.

Of course, I don't share their view, especially if I happen to pull a weed without my gloves on. I wouldn't mind if I owned a cat, but I don't. And no, I don't want to get one myself because they never use their own garden...

I'm not being much help, sorry. I have tried pepper and some stuff called Lion's Roar (dried lion dung pellets) which was supposed to scare them off. Both reduced it, but didn't stop it. Neither did a mulch - but with veggies, you couldn't really do that, either. *sigh*

Aug. 23rd, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
The chicken wire and netting helped me. They didn't like not being able to dig and kick up the mulch.
Aug. 24th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Cayenne pepper can work wonders. Even when we just shake the little container with the cap still on, our cat gets the message to NOT do whatever we caught him doing!
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