A family has moved next to my friend and their 3 cats are coming into his garden and using it as a toilet. He's just spent a small fortune on artificial grass and updating the area and now it smells strongly of cat urine. Are there any products he can buy to deter the cats from using the area as a litter tray? It's very unpleasant to sit on the patio now because of the smell. The neighbours say there's nothing they can do to stop them. Joyce
Many people think that the strong, obnoxious smell from cats is urine. In fact it is the marker sprayed only by the tomcat to define its territory and attract females. You get this when neglectful owners don't have their male cats castrated. Assuming the cat is feral, your best bet is a cat trap. Put paper on its floor and a trail of cat food to the release plate. Make sure you catch the right cat (!) and release it somewhere far away near restaurants where it will scavenge for food. Don't worry, tomcats will always survive, especially feral ones.
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Read the op PatCon, new neighbours with 3 cats moved in, no mention of feral toms and I doubt the new neighbours would be happy about their pets being trapped and released miles away.
Although, as I detest cats, maybe not a bad suggestion after all
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Can't help with deterring the cats from coming into your yard, but I can tell you that the only thing I have found that will get rid of the smell from the urine is Vanish. As a cat owner, I love this product. I use it when I wash the bedding for my cats and have even used it to clean up an accident in a cloth-lined suitcase. For the grass, I recommend that you mix up the vanish powder in a big bucket of water and spray it all over your artificial grass. Let it sit for an hour or two and then hose it all down.
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Does the garden have a fence/wall around it. If you put a tight wire/string just above the surface attached to screws will deter cats and do them no harm as they do not like touching it. Used this for years and seldom get cats or birds sitting or worse on wall/fence. If you stretch it really tight it can hum/buzz in the wind which is also a deterrent.
I will pass on your comments, thank you. The neighbour said all cats have been neutered. My friend has just put a new fence up and he's attached pigeon spikes to stop them climbing over but it doesn't seen to be working. The neighbour said to throw water if he saw his cats in his garden but they seem to be using it during the night so difficult to catch them! He's just trying to find a safe way to deter them.Joyce
We got a water spray it atached to the hose pipe and would just spray water when a cat walks past it was very good can't remember the name but have a look on Amazon ,also white vinegar will get rid of Tom cat smells I just put some in a spray bottle with water ,,,
Can't give a solution for the artificial grass area but if there are flower beds, cover the earth with decorative stones. This will stop the cats using the earth as their toilet. I have done this along with stones in potted plants and now they go elsewhere.
We have cats, all neutered. In order to limit them visiting our neighbors gardens to use as loo we have installed 2 large covered cat litter toilets which we clean out daily, they are always well used. Not sure if it solves the problem but it does limit it. You can purchase them from the pet shops locally.
Should feral toms come around we mix biological washing liquid in water and wash down where they have been. The bio wash destroys the enzymes in the toms spray and they tend not to come back. Plus our dog chases any cat visitors away. HTH.
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