Anti-Cat Poop Garden





Introduction: Anti-Cat Poop Garden

I Like Cats and I Like Gardens!
But....I HATE Cat Poop!
I have tried everything to deter the furry little beasts from using my garden as a dumping ground (pardon the pun). I have found a non-toxic, animal friendly, long lasting and inexpensive way to discourage the furry felines from leaving their not so desirable presents in your garden or flower beds.
I grew tired of scooping the mini-loafs out the flower beds left from the neighbors cats, but it's illegal to trap the little buggers, and I didn't want to hurt them. I tried all the other things I read; Cayenne pepper (works until the first rain washes it away) or mothballs (not so much luck). And short of wiring up a low-current (non-lethal) fence or motion sensor water gun, the cats would win. Not acceptable!!
I own two cats (they stay indoors) and I know that they HATE to poop in anything that is wet or step on anything that sticks to or pokes their feet, so Voila, the perfect solution.
Chicken Wire!!!!
That's right, it's cheap, readily available and easily converted to any shape, and for this purpose all it takes is time to convert it into anti-poop wire.
Now comes the little time consuming part.

Step 1: Chicken Wire

First start by buying the chicken wire (1/2 inch wide by 1 inch long openings) long enough to cover the area you want covered. I cut it large enough to cover the area not yet filled with plants that is the only dry spot under the overhang of the roof.

Step 2: Cutting the Wire

Using a pair of wire snips, also known as side cutters, start on the second row from the edge (the first row helps it to hold the shape).
Cut one end of every second wire square and bend it up 90 degrees.
The next part is a continuation of the first, BUT....where you skipped a wire on the first row this time you will cut it on the second row, and where you cut a wire you will skip it.
Every time you start a new row alternate.
Here is an example of a section of wire. 'C' will mean cut and 'S' will mean skip

Notice that along the edges the wire is left whole, this reinforces it.

In the photos the wire stands out, but when it is given a light spray paint coating of brown, it blends right into the dirt it sits on. Feel free to paint whatever color works for you.
Since installation, almost one year now, Our flower beds have been poop free!!
I hope this solves the dilemma facing many owners of gardens everywhere.



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    Try using De-Fence spikes. They are a specialized and effective type of spike strip made specifically for deterring cats and raccoons from areas. :) they are really simple to install. Hope that helped

    wouldnt the chicken wire alone stop cats from digging? do you really need to take the time to make it a spike strip?

    The spikes would keep the cats from attempting to poop in the area. Sometimes they will poop without digging.

    Brilliant! I wish I had seen this before buying those pricey pigeon spikes. I will try this at the end of the week.

    I'll need to try this. I live in a rural area and deer and rabbits are a problem. An alternative might be a type of mat that has a cattle fencer attached, once stung by voltage they shouldn't return.

    "An alternative might be a type of mat that has a cattle fencer attached"

    Being in contact with the ground, the electricity will not flow; it's "grounded".

    Plastic lattice looks great and can be cut to fit inside containers.
    Wood chips are nice on the ground--cats don't like them.
    I would hate for a toddler to fall on the spikes.
    Eyes are irreplaceable!

    wood chips... not so much. Neighbour's cat picks the wood chips around our outdoor table to leave its deposits. Have talked to them several times to no avail. Also crouches on them to hide and kill the songbirds at my feeder. kitty is close to becoming a statistic.

    much effort, but great result.

    Just stick some grass and flowers in the litter box :D