Discouraging Cats From Using Yard as Litter Box


My son and daughter-in-law just purchased a house and the cats around their house seem to think that it is their own litter box. Is there something that can be put out to repel them, without harming them.

By Jerry from Greenwood, DE


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By Myrna 15 1,062 11/19/2009

This link supplies helpful ideas to discourage cats from urinating in yard.


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By kathleen williams 76 1,662 11/19/2009

Put moth balls all round the yard or spray it with water & pine oil or sprinkle hot pepper sauce all round it, good luck.

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By Dena Roberts 35 491 11/20/2009

NO hot pepper sauce! It burns their eyes so badly that they will actually scratch their eyes out to get rid of the pain. They don't like the smell of citrus.. So save your citrus peels, chop them up and scatter them around, or spray something citrus on your fence, if you have one.

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No moth balls either! They are highly toxic to all animals, humans of any age and the environment (especially if anything edible grows in the yard). They are meant to be used 'only in a closed storage area' for clothing'! They can also cause respiratory problems!

Anything citrus will help greatly to repel the cats but needs to be refreshed after a short time or after rain or snow. Over time the cats simply won't bother entering the yard anymore so placing or spraying the citrus won't need to be done forever ;-)

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