What can I do about my cats pooping inside my flower beds and inside ?

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 21, 2021

    Hi Maura, if it's something new that your purr babies have started doing, please take them to the vet to check if there isn't something wrong. If they've always done it, it may be because they feel insecure and/or want to mark their territory, especially if your baby is a male and there are a few cats in the family. Do you have a litter box? If you do, clean it every day. Cats are fussy little creatures and you can also look at getting a few kitty toys to keep them busy. WRT your flower beds, we planted lavender in the areas where we don't want our cats to poop - they don't like the smell. Lemon Thyme and Rue also works. Hope you come right.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 21, 2021

    For the inside, keep the litter boxes very clean, you may have to give them separate boxes if you have not already.

    Outside, yes plant things they don't like the smell of, also as a deterrent, put down wire mesh, like chicken wire between your flowers. Another thing you could do is attach a motion sensor to the end of a hose, when they come near, it sprays them. They do not like to be wet.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Nov 21, 2021

    Are you feeding them near their litter boxes? Sometimes is their food is too close they will refuse to use it.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 21, 2021

    buy cheap red pepper flakes at dollar store and spread it around flower beds and in flower pots it won;t hurt your plants but cats hate the smell as well as squirrels and chipmunks

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 21, 2021

    We have five feline friends living with us and the most important thing is to keep the litter box clean. Cats are very clean creatures and don't much like using dirty litter boxes. Also, if you have a few cats it helps to have more than one litter box. We have 3 large litter boxes made from large plastic storage bins for our five cats and they work well. And we have them in 3 separate locations in the house. The little litter boxes sold everywhere are just too small to keep our cats happy. Our cats are mostly indoors, but when they do go out we don't mind if they go in our gardens. But if it's a problem, some good solutions have already been suggested.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 21, 2021

    You should have one litter box per cat. Those boxes need to be cleaned at least once a day.

    If the peeing behavior is new ask yourself what have you changed. Cats don't like change they like routine. The change could be as simple as you trying a new cat litter.

    If you don't want them in your garden try a motion activated sprinkler. Amazon has several to choose from.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 21, 2021

    You could use plastic forks from the dollar store to place around your outside plants to keep the cats out.

  • Lay down some chicken wire in your flower beds and lightly cover with mulch. The cats won't like it because they can't scratch without their claws catching on the wire.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 22, 2021

    Spray the area with a cat deterrent. I used one on my Christmas tree from the pet store. Sorry but I forgot the name.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 25, 2021

    Hi Maura: Those cats! Are they pooping in your house, too? Good grief! For outside, what I did was put those lava rocks in my flower beds. They come in a few different colours and the cats don't like digging in them, let alone walking on them. Plus, if the beds are under your bedroom windows, in the summer, when the windows are open, you can hear if anyone is walking there :) For the inside, clean the area very well with a product that has an enzyme eater, like Odormute (my favourite and is non-toxic). Then, spray the area with a fabric spray, the cats will hate it and, more likely than not, avoid the area. I have 3 cats and 2 cat boxes that I clean several times a day. Sometimes, if you change the litter, they get hissed off and won't use it. If you want to change the litter, introduce the new litter into the old about a 1/4 at a time.

  • I would mulch the flower beds.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 26, 2021

    One of the natural ways you can stop them from leaving deposits on your lawn is to scatter scents they don't like. Cats are incredibly sensitive to smell so strong scents such as lavender, peppermint or cinnamon are great for keeping them away. Choose one of these scents, mix with water and spray around the garden

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 27, 2021

    You could build some sort of cat sitting area outside. You could enclose that so the cats could look around and enjoy the fresh air but be inside a contained area where they would be much safer and not have access to you flower beds.

    Outdoor Cat Enclosures Help Keep Your Cat Safe Outside

    https://www.cat-lovers-only.com/outdoor-cat-enclosures.html

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 28, 2021

    I've given up trying to keep them out of my flower beds. Plus honestly, it is good fertilizer. As for indoors - sounds like they need a litter box that is either cleaner, or more easily accessable.

  • I suggest to use plastic fork or some chicken wire in covering your flower beds. This will help keep cats out from them.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 17, 2021

    Cats do not like change. Have you done something that is not normal. Could be as simply as buying a differnet type of litter or not cleaning the litter box often enough.