Anti-Cat Poop Garden

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Introduction: Anti-Cat Poop Garden

About: 30 Year Retired Electrical technician from the Royal Canadian Navy

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
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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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    20 Discussions

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    raeaa
    raeaa

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I am curious whether you always install as pictured, or if you have to surround plants to prevent digging at the base of your flowers? I have a 1' x 5" flower bed that both cats and dogs get into. I am considering using your design and cutting flower pot size squares out to allow planting but to prevent cats and dogs digging between the flowers.
    Thanks again!

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    Okispider
    Okispider

    2 years ago

    too dangerous...

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    lilysmile
    lilysmile

    4 years ago

    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

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    kalefranklin
    kalefranklin

    7 years ago on Step 2

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

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    KarmellaH
    KarmellaH

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 2

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

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    KarmellaH
    KarmellaH

    5 years ago on Step 2

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

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    Foxtrot70
    Foxtrot70

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    RoBear613
    RoBear613

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    "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".

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    grannyjones
    grannyjones

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    chichimus
    chichimus

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Screamo
    Screamo

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    damoelld
    damoelld

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    tries all the 'friendly' versions, but wanted something that would still last after a rainstorm or hungry crows/ raccoons

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    paravou
    paravou

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I see a big problem with this, the spikes not only are Harmful to animals but also to any person not wearing shoes or if someone Kneels on it while weeding. Can we say a serious ouch. even with mulch on top the spike can hurt and people are much heavier than animals resulting in embedding the spikes further into whatever body part in contact with the spikes.

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    damoelld
    damoelld

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Spikes are not harmful to animals, they are smarter than the average bumpkin who would kneel on the wire knowing its there. If they didnt know its there they are peeping through my windows and deserve pain. Cats are very light footed ( I have 2) and have never seen them step onto something without gingerly testing unknown footing first.

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    knex_mepalm
    knex_mepalm

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fill up a bottle of water and make sure the bottle is transparent, place in the middle of he garden. This phenomenon kept cats away form my house during vacation...and I never knew why...

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    anazania
    anazania

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is the only method I found that works 100%.  Once the wire is installed there is no maintenance.    Plants will happily grow through the holes.  If you need to plant large seedlings, just cut a few of the wires to form a suitable planting hole.

    Cats like to scratch in some kind of liter before they do their business. I don't make the 'spikes' as I have found that they try scratching it once and then find that it's not the right dumping ground.  That said, I recommend that you make U bends (about 10 cm long) from some sturdy wire to stake it down.  The first time I placed the wire on the ground it was summarily removed.

    A thin layer of mulch disguises it quite well.  Don't use bark from nurseries, the pieces tend to be too large which just gives more scratching material and defeats the whole object of the exercise.


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    itsmissmia
    itsmissmia

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I put down bird block netting http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Gardener-604-BirdBlock-20-Foot/dp/B00004RA0P that I bought at Orchard Supply Hardware for less than $10...make sure to get some u-stakes to hold it down...$3 for a pack of 25. Lay it over your flower bed, stake it down and trust me, your cats won't be interested. It's not as much fun scraping around when they're getting their claws caught in the netting. It's 100% safe and it allows your flowers the opportunity to grow. Good luck!

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    fangfriends
    fangfriends

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I tried this over my potted plants a few years ago, but the chicken wire kept popping up. I'll have to try it in my garden beds next year, however.