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valcarmo72 03-26-2013 07:21 PM

Cat pooping on lawn..
OK...I am sick of these stray cats POOPING on my lawn. I can't use cayenne pepper because I have a 4 yr old who love to be in the yard. I have to go outside and scoop up and rinse off the poop before she goes out. NO I won't buy a pellet gun and they will not go in a trap. Tried that. Does anyone have any ideas...don't forget the children. I tried Heartz repelent but its to strong it even repels the kids...LOL any thoughts would be great.

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creeper 03-26-2013 07:30 PM

A sprinkler with a motion detector. They will soon stay away.

Mothballs are supposed to be a deterrent, but you'd have to make sure she didn't think they were mints

NestHI 03-26-2013 07:43 PM

I have heard the sprinkler with a motion detector will keep most household animals as well as wild ones away.

valcarmo72 03-26-2013 07:57 PM

I have to try that. I found one that's called the scarecrow. Motion sensor water sprinkler...

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retired guy 60 03-26-2013 08:00 PM

I agree with creeper. A motion activated sprinkler will keep the cats away. Here is an example of one:
If posting this link violates the DIY Chatroom rules, I guess it will be removed. I have no interest in the product or the vendor.
Cats don't care much for getting a snootfull of water and you won't harm them. So it's a win-win situation, except for the expense of the device. I feed feral cats (they are neutered/spayed and get vet care if needed) on my deck and hard to say why, but there is no cat poop in my yard or on my deck. Once in the past year and a half, I saw a cat dig a hole, urinate and then carefully cover the spot. Are you certain cats are responsible?

creeper 03-26-2013 08:14 PM

A happy healthy cat doesn't want to soil his own quarters. They either think of your yard as a giant dining room or they are burying it without you knowing

retired guy 60 03-26-2013 08:41 PM

They are certainly happy and healthy so I'd say your explanation is right on the money. It started with one hungry cat and then word got out that I was running a cat cafeteria. There is a lot of controversy over feral cats. I understand why people object to them. Mine aren't breeding and are disease free. Plus the yard has no squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs or mice. And no cat poop.

valcarmo72 03-26-2013 09:32 PM

Guaranteed its cats. I see them all the time. In my neighbors my grass. I have nice tall fescue that I take really good care of. It's like a rug. They live to scratch at it and when they kick back...grass gets kicked up. Not sure why they love it but they do. And I would not hurt them but they need to go poop somewhere else. Gonna try the sprinkler..Thx a bunch.

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valcarmo72 03-26-2013 09:33 PM

Even tried Orange and lemon peels...they hate for a while but they come back when I mow and pick up the peels..

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Ocelaris 03-27-2013 11:38 AM

We had a problem with feral cats in our last house, which we tried a number of things. We tried an ultrasonic pest repeller, which worked fairly well, but I think it annoyed the neighbors... Despite it being "inaudible to humans" you could still kind of hear it. But crank that puppy up and I felt it was fairly effective. But we had to turn it off because of the close proximity of other houses, and there was a day care center behind our house. We ended up getting rid of the problem by planting prickly things around the borders, basically their entrance/exit was blocked by creeping junipers and roses, and for us that was the best deterrent. Not sure if that's applicable to your case, but you might look at those two alternatives.

BigJim 03-27-2013 11:53 AM

I have heard moth balls work, is this true? We have the same problem, a neighbor will do nothing to keep their cats from breeding and the neighborhood is over run by cats. The animal control here is a joke, they won't come out unless an animal is attacking someone. Cats track our car up with mud also, not to mention killing all the birds and squirrels.

creeper 03-27-2013 06:05 PM

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retired guy 60 03-27-2013 06:08 PM

I am sorry your neighbor is irresponsible. You have a right to be angry at him/her. I hope you see the cats as innocent victims despite the problems they are causing. Trap/Neuter/Release really works. The cats don't reproduce and when fed by volunteers, they ignore birds and squirrels. I suppose you considered talking to your neigbor. Maybe that would help.
Your nonlethal approach will teach your children compassion and will make them better human beings, in my opinion. :thumbup:

creeper 03-27-2013 06:49 PM

Retired Guy:
I like you. You seem like a kind and gentle non violent soul and I agree that animals must be treated humanely.

But i once had two well fed happy brothers. One was fat and charge. The other was skinny and wiry and was an excellent hunter for the sheer sport of it. I had to put two bells on a collar and it still did not stop him from catching blue jays that were almost as big as him. Blue jays are an aggressive bird that will fight a squirrel for a peanut.

Ocelaris 03-27-2013 07:42 PM

I had a huge reply written, but basically BigJim, the no-kill, neuter/spay/release programs require years of time and thousands of dollars to feed, befriend, trap, spay/neuter, and give these animals a better life until they expire naturally. I couldn't afford the time or energy, nor convince my neighbor to act responsibly. I suggest building a huge fence the can'ts can't climb (that's sort of what I did, and it mostly worked). You might try reporting the neighbor to groups that might help, but basically I tried that, and they all suggested strongly that I should maintain the colony until it's eliminated, which was impossible with my neighbor enabling their reproduction without spay/neutering.

There is a huge debate going on these days about the problems cats (both domestic and feral) pose to wild bird populations, and an Audubon author in an op-ed piece criticized the method and suggested using tylenol to poison the cats (apparently it's very poisonous to them). Basically Alley Cat Allies bombarded the Audubon society with complaints and they put him on administrative leave. He apologized and the reinstated him, but just be aware there is a lot of heated debate.

You can get the free handbook from Alley Cat Allies, which I did, and I have come to disagree with their methods, but maybe that's something you want to look into.

Article on the guy who brought up the big debate:

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