Source: Mirror (Extract)
Posted: September 30, 2023

While it’s a lovely luxury to have a garden, it can often result in animals coming in and making it their own. One particular menace can be cats as when they poop in your garden, it means they’re marking their territory and will likely return to do it again.

Not only is it unsightly but it can also wreak havoc on flower beds, crops and borders. Even though their mess might be easy enough to get rid of, it actually poses a bigger problem than just being a nuisance. Unfortunately, because cats are carnivores, it means their faeces contain parasites.

Their faeces can carry a host of infections which can then be transferred to your or the rest of your household. This can include the likes of toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidiosis – and the symptoms aren’t pretty. Toxoplasmosis symptoms include headaches, fever, muscle aches and pains and swollen lymph glands, especially around the neck. Severe toxoplasmosis can even cause damage to the brain, eyes, or other organs. Meanwhile, cryptosporidiosis can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, and a host of other problems.

To see if a cat has been in your garden, you need to look out for holes in the flower beds, small mounds of soil and paw prints. While deterring cats from gardens can be difficult, it thankfully isn’t impossible. Carlos Garcia, son of the founders of Total Clean, has shared how to stop cats from pooping in gardens.

“Cats can be discouraged from using your garden as a litter box by placing rough materials like pinecones or chicken wire on the soil’s surface,” he told Express.co.uk. “You can also plant strong-smelling herbs like rosemary or lavender, as cats dislike the scents. Motion-activated sprinklers are also a great way to startle cats away from the area.”

Another great option is putting crushed-up eggshells in soil, as it can feel unappealing under a cat’s paws. As an added bonus, it will keep other pests like slugs away from plants too. Cats will be discouraged if there is a natural barrier made of twigs and branches between the plants as well. They like nothing more than freshly turned over, soft soil so ensuring soil is hard and uncomfortable should keep cats at bay.