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Cat faeces in my veg patch

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    Posted by dirtyrob (U14395261) on Thursday, 9th June 2011

    Bubble Works, after reading your nonsense, your village is missing their idiot! smiley - doh

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    Posted by thedogcody (U14659366) on Thursday, 9th June 2011

    wow - it's a cat, not vermin or anything similar. Cats do run around and yes, they may use your garden as a toilet. Once they start, it's difficult to stop them as they are a creature of habit and will use the same place over and over again.

    Most of the time they dig the deposits in. So they are giving you free fertilizer. Toxopoplasmosis is a real problem, if you are pregnant, but if you ever had a cat as a pet, there is a good chance that you are already a carrier, so I wouldn't worry too much about the small chance of catching it. I have never heard of it changing behaviour in humans - if it makes people like cats more, I think some people on this board could probably do with a dose of it. That study with drivers in accidents? Did you know that eating bread will turn you into a violent criminal? How come? Well, all criminals that were interviewed admitted that they had eaten bread in the last 2 weeks before comiiting the crime....
    They tested drivers that did have an accident, but they disd't test drivers that didn't have one. So the study was worthless.

    Now, how do you stop them from using your garden? Get a dog...or be out there for 2 weeks 24/7 with a water gun and deter them from using the garden as a toilet (after 2 weeks they have found another place and wont bother you again - at least the same cat wont...another one may move in). Twigs, sticks, heavy planting and compacted soil all help as well. Bark Mulch is the worst idea, they love that stuff. But cocoa bark mulch would work well, they don't like that stuff (don't use if you have a dog!).

    I have one cat, that doesn't stop 4 other cats to use my garden as a toilet - the bark mulch areas are the worst affected. I am going to switch to cocoa bark as soon as I can afford to, as all that nice fertilizer encourages the weeds and flowers to grow in the bark area and it looks bad. I ignore any presents in the flower beds, if necessary I dig them in....

    My cat refuses to use the indoor litter tray for solids. And considering what fuss-pots cats can be with a litter tray I am always amazed that 4 tom cats manage to share a small bark mulch patch outside with no problems. It's not like I ever clean it.......

    I do understand that it can be annoying if they keep digging up your veg patch. You had plenty of advice how to stop them from using it. Cats are good for you - they relax people when they purr, they adore you, because they chose to, not just because you feed them and they keep your garden free from real vermin, like mice, moths and several other insects. They also keep squirrels out of your garden and these guys are a lot worse when it comes to digging!! 
    Bubble Works I am sure you are a lovely person who obviously loves animals - but in my experience they do not dig it in they leave in a pile of earth for me to find and I cannot consider it free fertilizer- I consider it a health hazard as would most people!
    I wouldn't ask you to clear up after my dog -just keep your cat out of other peoples gardens - take responsibilty for having a pet -you may do this already but the owners of the cats that come into you garden do not!
    Not everyone likes or keeps pets and yes some people do consider cats are vermin.
    Geoff.

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    Posted by Vixxihibiscus (U13865184) on Saturday, 11th June 2011

    Bubbleworks...

    HIGH FIVE!!! I'm in Team Cat with you smiley - biggrin

    Seems they're worse than Marmite!

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    Posted by thevodkarose (U13048111) on Sunday, 12th June 2011

    There are some very small minded people on show here.

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    Posted by Barney_pl (U13897738) on Sunday, 12th June 2011

    Please can anyone advise me? I have a small veg patch in my back garden which the local hoard of cats have confused with a litter tray! I am removing between 3 - 5 deposits each morning, I am concerned that my veggies will not be fit for consumption? I would welcome any hints on deterring these deposits and am I wasting my time growing food if it cannot be consumed!   I have had cats for thirty years, with keen gardeners as neighbours, and have never had a problem as they also had cats. When I moved here in Jan 2009, I was without a cat, as my elderly cat had died a few months earlier.

    I dug new beds and borders, and had no problems with my local furry creatures till this spring, when one took a strong liking to my raised salad bed. Every morning, it was heartache (and backache!) to rescue or replace the damage, but at first, as there were no poo parcels, I blamed blackbirds.

    Once I realised it was a cat, I used long pea sticks (it wasn't easy to find them, but eventually, I ran them to ground at Wilkinsons, 98p for ten) and put them in sloping, crossing formation along the rows wherever the salads were too small to resist cats.

    It has worked. It is a simple solution that doesn't look unsightly, isn't expensive, doesn't create a problem with harvesting, and is recyclable, as I move the pea sticks on to the new rows when the previous sowings are large enough to deter the cats.

    edsmom, don't throw those veggies away, Wash them thoroughly, and they'll be fine!

    The fact that so many of you object so strongly to cats isn't really relevant. All the hot air blasting around these forums whenver a cat problem is mentioned doesn't change anything, and just creates bad feeling. So what's the point?

    The point is that edsmom needed an answer to her problem. Pea sticks are simple and effective to use, so I humbly suggest that she tries it to see if hey work as well for her as they have for me.

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    It was a statement - what she did was illegal under our laws
    If you want the law changing - you have to use the power of the ballot box.
    Simple really.......

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    Posted by Don Kidick (U13987773) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    It was a statement - what she did was illegal under our laws
    If you want the law changing - you have to use the power of the ballot box.
    Simple really....... 
    Or not get caught! smiley - ok

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    I'm surprised the BBC is allowing you to use their website as a platform for recommending illegal acts
    Whatever next,?

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    Posted by Don Kidick (U13987773) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    I?m surprised people get so wound up over vermin.

    If it was a rat problem we were discussing everyone would want to contribute on the best ways to irradiate the little darlings. But just because we are discussing cats people get on their high horses.

    Why do people like cats? They?re horrible!

    Why do people think they are ?clean?? They like their arses; them like their paws and then wipe their face with the shi. Infected saliva! Dirty little ?*%. Then to top it off, after they have contaminated their feet with their own dirt and by killing various other little creatures people let them into their houses to climb all over their furniture and worktops (WHERE THEY PREPARE FOOD).

    So I?m sorry if I upset anyone but creatures like that are worse than rats, and I will not take any advice or argument from people who are willing to tolerate the things I have mentioned above.

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    Posted by Don Kidick (U13987773) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    I'm surprised the BBC is allowing you to use their website as a platform for recommending illegal acts
    Whatever next,? 
    Not surprised anymore are you? You post this and then mysteriously my posts disappear! I wonder why?

    Donít have to be Sherlock Holmes to work it out do you

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    It wasn't me!
    My feelings have always been to let posts stand so people can see what has been said - I realyt think it's better that way, honestly.
    Either your opinions have offended someone or the Beeb doesn't want to be accused of getting involved with illegal acts.
    Take your pick - I'm non the wiser......

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    Posted by thedogcody (U14659366) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    This has all turned rather unpleasant-can we just keep it light and respect other people's opinions- please!

    Geoffsmiley - hug

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    Posted by dirtyrob (U14395261) on Monday, 13th June 2011

    If cats were not pets, they would be seen as vermin, a pest, an annoying animal that uses your garden as a toilet, while damaging veg seedlings and plants in the process. People treading in cat $h1te, children falling in it while playing. Killing wildlife just for fun, not to eat. Breeding and multipling at will.

    The council will happily give the ok to get rid of rat infestations, problem urban foxes, even problem birds can be shot if a extreme problem exists. A dog will be killed if it cannot be controlled, owners prosecuted for it as well, but cats and their owners are exempted from any type of law.

    If a law was in place that you could only have two cats per household and that cats would have to remain in doors at night, i'd go for that. If cat owners failed to comply with either, then your kitty would be taken away, rehoused if found a home, or of course put down. That would be a start.

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    Posted by lavenderpink (U12834937) on Wednesday, 15th June 2011

    Please can anyone advise me? I have a small veg patch in my back garden which the local hoard of cats have confused with a litter tray! I am removing between 3 - 5 deposits each morning, I am concerned that my veggies will not be fit for consumption? I would welcome any hints on deterring these deposits and am I wasting my time growing food if it cannot be consumed!   Me too ... love all creatures but cat doo is unpleasant when trying to keep your plot nice anyhow i put strong curry powder around where the cat visited and it must of worked as i havent seen any more deposits ..a pal told me this so give it a try .

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    Posted by MerryDebsGarden (U14906111) on Wednesday, 15th June 2011

    I keep my soil well-watered, and I must say that we haven't had that nuisance since. For me it is a simple solution.

    Another one I often hear works is chilli pepper water: a low-cost affair. Get some decently hot chillies, like those small explosive hot Italian peppers, grind and put in water. The next part, putting that in a water pistol and shoot at the cat as soon as you see it, is the time-consuming bit. But they learn quick!

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    Posted by diggingdoris (U13981971) on Thursday, 16th June 2011

    I do sympathise, but as a cat owner I know it is impossible to control where it goes unless you keep it indoors 24/7. My cat likes to tiddle in my greenhouse but I've stopped her by putting twigs all over the the soil between plants. The prickly twigs work best, and a water pistol is an effective deterrant . My veg patch is clay soil so it is not very finely dug, therefore it doesn;t get used by her. The easier fine soil will be a heaven sent toilet patch. You should try all the suggestions on the numerous replies. I'm sure you'll find one that works!

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