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Deodorizing Outdoor Cat Waste

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Cats are using my front garden as a litter box with the result that, if I open my two windows in the family room, my house smells like a litter box. I have shoveled out the area and sprayed a cat repellent, but the smell is really persistent. Any ideas how to neutralize the smell of cat waste on dirt? Thanks.

Kathrine from Gaithersburg

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By pam (Guest Post)06/29/2007

sprinkle baking soda all over ground, spray diluted vinegar on top. cats won't pee (in the house too) where there is vinegar smell

Editor's Note: This might also kill any plants so make sure you don't sprinkle and spray it near them.

By jsham (Guest Post)06/28/2007

I don't know about clearing up the present smell. But to eliminate the potty stop just put out the rinds of citrus , i.e. oranges/lemons. I just throw out the peelings as taken from the fruit. If you don't like the looks of the pieces of peel then just run them thru the blender with enough water to grind them up as much as desired and sprinkle it over the area. This needs to be repeated periodically until the cats get the message and find another place to go potty.

By Babette [33]06/27/2007

Do not use a baking soda the salt in it will KILL your plants,Orange peelings will keep the cats out of the area.

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By Kim Churchman [3]06/27/2007

The waste products need to be digested by soil bacteria, and they will actually feed your plants. So I would suggest you add lots (4-6" deep would not be too much) of active compost which is full of friendly bacteria, and maybe an inch of grass clippings under it for the chlorophyll, like a breath mint for your garden. You won't smell anything but clean dirt!

By Michawn [16]06/25/2007

I don't know how to get the smell away but I do know what stopped the cats from the neighborhood pooping in a neighbors yard and my kitties from scratching up our flower beds. Chicken wire or fencing, I bought some wire garden edging and laid it flat with a fine layer of dirt, they can't scratch it up, no pooping.

Maybe a nice thick layer of baking soda, then some wire (to keep them out for good) then a fine layer of dirt to cover up the soda?

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