Keeping Your Cat from Using Garden as Litter Box

Because cats like soft, dig-able soil, every year my flower gardens were at risk of my cat using them as a litter box and digging up my new seedlings, flowers or plants, but I found an answer!

Last year I bought sand (nothing fancy, just two of the cheapest bags I could find) and made an outdoor litter box by dumping the sand into a small pile, behind a stand of plants growing up a trellis, so she would feel safe to go out in the open.

I brought kitty outside and placed her in the 'kitty sandbox' and she immediately knew what to do and went to the bathroom! Occasionally we will go out and scoop up hard pieces, but the weather makes it largely self cleaning and there is no smell! This saves us time and money since she goes more outside than inside in the nice weather and reduces our buying of as much litter as in the past.

I have never seen her go in the garden again, to use it as a litter box, but she does check out the rabbit that lives in there. :) I have never seen any other cat use the box either since I think they avoid another cat's fecal scent.

Now my plants can grow unimpeded by my kitty!


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August 11, 20152 found this helpful

This is brilliant. Well done.

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August 12, 20150 found this helpful

You must live in a fairly rural area, and this is a great idea if you have cats that are allowed outdoors. It would never work where I live, though. In the suburbs, cats live longer and healthier if they're kept indoors. Moreover, I could never have a sand litter area like that in my backyard because properties here are too small, and my neighbors would complain long and loud about any odors, or flies it would attract! It's nice that you can let your cat out, and this is an ingenious idea for keeping her out of your garden. You got my vote - good luck!

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful

For those trying to use coffee grounds... forget it. We dry out coffee grounds in front of a fan every day for planting.


Our cat has, on more than one occasion, tried to use it as a litter box.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

Yup, coffe grounds did not work. Sigh

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November 6, 20163 found this helpful

Pardon me if this sounds too harsh to all cat owners but in my neighborhood (suburbs) too many cat owners let their cats out to spray all over other people's belongings or shrubs leaving an awful ammonia odor. I also watch them torture the adorable, defenseless chipmunks which results in death after 1 hour of the cat "playing'' with it. Don't get me wrong, I like cats, coming from a family who had cats as pets, my favorite getting hit by a car after he escaped from the house - but I feel they should be kept safe in a house or tether them safely in your yard if you want them to go out.

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July 29, 20190 found this helpful

My neighbors cats have been using my yard as a litter box. It's really getting to be too much.

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