Stop Cats Pooping in Your Garden Once and For All
The Problem: Neighborhood cats in the garden
For years, we have been trying to figure out how to stop cats pooping in our garden. We tried spreading red pepper in the yard and citrus peels and coffee grounds, and the neighborhood cats didn’t care at all. They just kept using our freshly weeded garden as a litter box. In the summer the smell could get really nasty. We didn’t want to spend money on a motion-activated water sprayer, so we pretty much gave up.
Eureka in a YouTube cat video!
A few months ago, we happened on this YouTube video of cats being scared by cucumbers:
After laughing at those poor cats, we got to wondering if cucumbers in the yard would keep the cats away.
An Experiment: Real cucumbers in the yard
We had bought a bag of those little “cocktail cucumbers” at Costco, and couldn’t eat them all so put a few of them around the garden.
Unbelievably, it worked! For the first time in years, the cats stopped pooping in the garden! Just.stopped.pooping. We still can’t believe it worked, but it did, until the real cucumbers rotted. Oops.
The Final Solution: Fake cucumbers from AmazonThe problem with the real cucumbers was that they don’t last of course. They fall apart after a little while. So we looked on Amazon for fake cucumbers, and tried this one. We bought four of them, and placed them around the garden randomly, and it worked beautifully!!
Here’s what they look like, and you can click on the image to see the cucumbers on Amazon.
Fake cucumber on AmazonHere’s the URL if you have trouble with that link:
The fake cucumbers are $3.99 each, and they are made of plastic and foam. The outside is a hard plastic to okay to leave in yard in the rain.
True Story: The cats no longer poop in our yard
After trying everything to keep cats from pooping in our yard, we found this is the first natural cat repellent that works. No poop after three months! It’s also cool because it’s cheap and you don’t have to put any chemicals in your yard.
We thought someone might steal the cucumbers for some bizarre reason, but so far so good. In three months, we’ve still got three of the four. And we would totally buy some more. No more stinky cat poop to pick up is well worth it.
We don’t know if this will work for everyone, but it sure worked for us. If you try it, let us know how it worked for you 🙂
Here are few other ones we found on Amazon. We haven’t tried them, but they might work for you:
Box of 6, for $34.95, made of “high density poly foam.” We haven’t seen this one yet so not sure if they would work outside:
Here’s the URL:
One more kind
2 pieces for $8.80, on Amazon. Made of “eco-friendly foam” and notes it cannot be washed so maybe only good in a dry place.
Here’s the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Box-Artificial-Simulation-Vegetable/dp/B00MNBJ5QO/ref=as_li_ss_il?tag=yowa09-20&linkCode=li2&tag=yowa09-20&linkId=399eaf597018535d8ae9af6b04782c29″ target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ src=”//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B00MNBJ5QO&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=yowa09-20
We just spread them in the yard, like this:
We dirtied them up a little bit to make them less attractive to random folks passing by 🙂
*If you’re asking yourself why this info is on the HeelHealth website, it’s because we wanted to let our friends know about it, but don’t have the bandwidth to make a whole new site 🙂