Asked on Oct 12, 2015

What can be used to deter cats from using a yard as a litterbox?



My daughter has purchased her first home and has been doing a lot of yard work. She is having problems with the cats in the area using her yard as the community litter box. She has 2 new puppies and does not want to use chemicals. Any help would be appreciated.
8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 12, 2015

    Since there are many ways to deter the cats I have found this website for you.pets, repellant tips.

  • Michaela Karen Davies
    Michaela Karen Davies
    on Oct 12, 2015

    we have had the same problem here.either spray lemon all around or if you can get a ghost chilli or another strong chilli put it around the outside of the property. chilli works the best. Good luck Michaela x

  • Cbr2587810
    on Oct 12, 2015

    We use mothballs...keeps cats, raccoons, etc., away and doesn't seem to bother our dog.

    • Denise Boyce
      Denise Boyce
      on Oct 14, 2015

      @Cbretches Using mothballs to repel pests in the garden presents a danger to children, pets and wildlife that visit your garden. Ingesting even a small amount of the toxic chemicals in mothballs can cause serious harm that requires immediate medical or veterinary attention. Mothballs in gardens also present a risk if you breathe the fumes or get the chemicals on your skin or in your eyes.Using mothballs in gardens also causes significant environmental problems. They contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both of these chemicals are highly toxic and can get into the soil and groundwater. These mothball hazards may even harm the plants you are trying to protect. Mothballs contain insecticides that are controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency. This makes it illegal to use them for any purpose or by any method that isn’t specified on the label. Mothballs are labeled only for use in closed containers for the control of clothes moths. Sorry to be such a downer. ] =

  • Heather
    on Oct 12, 2015

    I use black pepper. I get bulk size containers of common black pepper and sprinkle it in those areas the cats like to use. This is generally a place with soft dirt or sand. Cats (and dogs) don't like strong smells, also pepper won't hurt them other than make them sneeze. You may have to reapply the pepper after rain or watering until the cats learn to stay away. I also like to use pinecones. The roughness discourages digging for animals. I live around pine trees, so cones are a natural design element for me too. Good luck!

  • Jeanette
    on Oct 12, 2015

    i put orange and lemon peels all over my garden to keep my neighbors cat out and it worked he has not used my garden any more for his bathroom.

  • Pis2225486
    on Oct 13, 2015

    Cats abhor strong smelling anything. I have two cats and a food garden with no fencing... So, I built them an outdoor litter box just for them on the other side of the house. Since these cats aren't yours, try spraying anything with strong smelling essential oil, like rosemary, cinnamon, etc. The good news is that once they learn to keep out, they'll remember... but no time to delay! The longer they are allowed to do it, the harder it will be to retrain them! Also, since you have to dogs, brush them and put their dog hair around the borders of your property... a little scent can go a long way! Good Luck!

  • Cynthia.pieters
    on Oct 13, 2015

    Thank You for the help, You have given me several options. Time to cook up something in the backyard.

  • Cbr2587810
    on Oct 14, 2015

    The mothballs are in closed containers with perforated tops. There is no danger to any child or animal. The cats still don't like the smell.

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