Keep Cats Off Your Lawn

As you probably know, cats like to bury their poop which is why they are attracted to our freshly raked borders and forked raised beds. Although not common, it has been known for some male cats to forsake the burying part and instead take a liking to doing its business on your nice lawn.

You can almost picture Tom sniggering in the general direction of your bedroom window while he takes his nightly dump in the middle of your lawn.

Update: There is growing evidence that cat poop is a serious health risk so please use gloves and wash thoroughly after disposing in the trash.

keep cats off your lawn

The best cat deterrent for a lawn in my opinion has to be one of the water sprayers such as the Contech Scarecrow (expensive but will last for many years) or the Pestbye Jet Spray Repeller (a cheaper and less well made version of the Scarecrow).

A couple of reasons for this, the main one being that cats get used to the ultrasonic deterrents so you have to keep moving them around and it’s hard to know exactly what area they are covering but with a water spraying deterrent you can easily test and adjust its coverage area to ensure your lawn has full protection.

Cats very quickly learn to keep well away from the protected area because they hate getting a soaking.

A sonic deterrent won’t work on all cats. Just like us their hearing range changes as they get older so they may not even hear the noise given out by the deterrent and if they do, it might not be the horrible noise a young cat hears. With a cup full of water heading their way, trust me, all cats run.

Just 1 Contech Scarecrow is enough to protect all but the biggest English garden lawn and for the larger lawns, several can be linked together. The Scarecrow will also protect your lawn from foxes and other critters too.

Other things to try

Keep the grass well mown during the Summer, the shorter the better and plant some cat repellent plants in your surrounding borders such as Coleus Canina, lemon balm, lavender and rosemary.

Cats are creatures of habit and so you should find they are doing their business in the same spot on your lawn. If they are, during the winter when you can’t keep the grass short try to discourage them from the problem spot with some of the odour deterrents sprayed on the spot.

One reader suggested cutting a cane up into 6″ lengths (150mm to you youngsters), wrapping tin foil around one end and sticking the other into the ground to create a barrier around the problem area. She had excellent results and puts it down to cats not liking the shiny tin foil.


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  • Graham French says:

    I have heard that orange (or any citrus fruit) peel is a good way of keeping cats away. Has anyone any experience of this? I’ regularly wake up to see that a cat has messed on my lawn, or in the flower beds overnight, and the smell knocks me sick when I go to clean it up If this trick does work than the smell of orange is more pleasant than the smell of the cat droppings

  • Traci says:

    Orange peel does work I’ve used it in the past

  • Richard says:

    I’m considering more aggressive methods as all else has failed. These cats are bloody determined to shit on my grass. In as little as 2 days up to fifty piles of crap can accumulate on this 10 foot by 8 foot patch of grass. I have tried sprays. Not working. Tryed most methods available and all failed. Put chicken wire over the garden box, they shit over the top of it. These cats and dogs, as it’s both, are clearly possessed. This is rediculous. I’m very tempted to order conibear traps at this point.

    • mary henderson says:

      use citronella essential oil 20 drops with full water bottle purchased at home depot shake well and apply. pick up poop and remove dirt before spraying, use every 3 days. I had 8 cat poops per day in my yard now 1 poop pick up every 6 days.. the smell is strong but it works use a mask gloves and eye wear . I spoke to my neighbors about the cats pooping up my yard .They became angry and wanted to physically fight , I called the police and told them what happened . I was told by the police to spray my yard with whatever works to keep them out and to trap cats and turn into the animal control my neighbors called the police on me and lied about me saying something to their kid the police spoke with me to let me know their complaint was not believable.Both of my next door neighbors own cats and are very angry about me spraying. no one cares about cat poop in my garden yard and cats scratchingthe bark on almond tree and climbing .tree. I now have a fungus on my almond tree The cat owners sit and watch the cat climb and scratch my almond tree and laugh. I want to enjoy my garden and yard again. I will chip up front areas and install chainlink fence and in the back garden I have used chicken wire which is working no poop noted in the wire area. I also purchased wireless cameras. I need to show the courts what is happening. I will not tolerate this any longer..

  • Carol Starkes says:

    I have a neighbor with 7 cats. For over 50 years I have fed birds and squirrels. Newly retired and love finally being able to watch the birds and squirrels. Their mother cat had 5 kittens. Refused to give them away. Now everyday they are outside the fenced in garden with the feeders inside the garden, killing birds.
    I’m done. They use my yard as their home. Neighbors don’t really care. Caging and taking to an animal shelter is my resort. I will not spend my retiring years without the pleasure of watching birds and squirrels.

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