We love cats. Just stating that upfront. They’re soft, furry, loving, gentle (most of the time), and often hilarious. But what we don’t love is cat poop. On the lawn. It’s gross. It stinks. It attracts flies. If you step in it you wonder who’s died, and it can even be dangerous to health (especially important if you have children using the lawn). It’s just not pleasant.
But how to stop cats pooing on the lawn?
Luckily there are a few ways, and these tips come straight from experience from our marketing expert who lives in a cat-heavy neighbourhood and had cats pooing on her lawn on a very regular basis. As we all know, once there’s one cat poo on the lawn, all of the other neighbourhood cats think it’s fair game, so it’s essential to stop / prevent this quickly.
WHAT DOESN’T WORK
- Putting plastic spike strips (like these) along fences doesn’t work. Cats are extremely resilient and will just learn to walk around / on top of the spikes. Do no waste your money there! Moreover, you will be legally obligated to inform all of your adjoining neighbours about your intention to install them, and not install them if they object.
- Certainly do not use any metal spikes as these would be extremely harmful to cats.
- Chilli pepper. Okay, this one might work (chilli powder will irritate a cat and may put them off returning) but again it is cruel, so please ignore any articles online telling you to sprinkle your lawn with it.
WHAT DOES WORK
- These battery powered Pestbye Waterproof Ultrasonic Cat Repellent / Repeller with Ground Stakes are brilliant for stopping cats pooing on a lawn. We have three covering our lawn (pointing in different directions) and never get a single cat poop whilst they are on. The only time we have a problem is if the battery has run out of power and hasn’t been replaced. They are a little pricey at £21.99 each, but they WORK, and it’s worth it if you want to do away with cat poo forever. (description of how they work below).
- Coffee grounds! Next time you make coffee be sure to keep the grounds. All you have to do is sprinkle them over the lawn. Cats don’t like the smell and will be put off from going on the lawn. If you don’t make coffee at home, you can usually get coffee grounds from Waitrose supermarkets – just outside the entrance they usually have a coffee grounds bin where you can fill up for free. Ask in the store if you can’t see one. This might be different during Covid as the Waitrose coffee machines have been switched off, so check in store.
That’s it! These are the best tips we’ve found (from a lot of trial and error), so take it as a recommendation.
About the Pestbye Cat Repellents:
- Frequency makes it uncomfortable for cats
- Motion sensor covers 80 degree arc, to a distance of up to 23ft (7m)
- Total unobstructed working area of 184sq ft stops cats fouling your garden
- This cat repeller is the quickest fix for cats in the front and back garden
- Fully waterproof repellent, they can be left out in any weather
The PestBye Battery Operated Cat Repeller sends out a very loud noise at a frequency that cats can hear but is too high for most humans to hear. This is both annoying and frightening to the cats, but does not affect birds. The repeller is also effective for dogs and foxes.
The cat repeller is the quickest fix for cats in the garden. Battery powered, it’s easy to install by pushing into the ground using the stake supplied, or it can be screwed to a wall or fence.
Fully waterproof, it can be left out in any weather.
Why the motion sensor?
The repeller comes complete with an infra-red (PIR) motion sensor which turns the device on when a warm body enters the controlled area. This has an important purpose other than saving battery life: researchers have found that cats can become desensitised to the noise if they realise that random sounds are not associated directly with their presence in the controlled area. With the motion sensor, the cat learns to associate the noise with its own movement and is much less likely to stop being afraid of the noise.
This repeller device allows you to change the output frequency, enabling you to have the most effective solution for your particular pest problem. Listed below are the types of animals that this repeller can be used against and the most effective setting for each.
Working from left to right (from the smallest dot to the largest):
Cats – Between 3 – 5
Dogs – Between 3 – 4
Foxes – Between 3 – 6
Squirrels Between 2 – 7
Rodents – Between 2 – 7
Insects – Between 2 – 7
Roaches – Between 9 – 11
What area does it cover?
It covers an 80 degree arc, to a distance of up to 23ft (7m), giving a total unobstructed working area of 184sq ft. Unlike most other repellers this allows you to cover a smaller area with the sensitivity dial. The repeller will give you the full 7m if the dial is fully round to the right to decrease the distance turn to the left; this will help to increase battery life as the repeller will cover the distance you want it to.
How quickly will it work?
If cats have a habit of feeding and fouling in your garden, it can take 14-28 days to deliver the full deterrent effect. ‘Occasional’ visitors will usually be stopped within 7 days. If you have a dog, the dog may be affected if it is allowed in the same part of the garden. The sound doesn’t travel well through walls and fences, so it won’t affect a dog in the house, or a neighbour’s dog. Of course, as with all methods involving animal behaviour, we can’t guarantee effectiveness in every situation; however, our own experience and the feedback we get from customers suggests that this device is effective in almost all situations.
Will it affect birds?
Not at all – you’ll be able to welcome the birds back to your garden.
Occasionally, children and some adults may be able to hear this device. If this happens it will usually only occur while children are in the garden.