How to Prevent Cats from Making Your Yard a Litter Box

Is a cat using your garden bed as its personal litter box? It can be frustrating to find cat poop next to your flowers and vegetables, but you don't have to resort to trapping or relocating the kitty.

If you’re in the same situation, here are a few ways to discourage cats from using your garden as a bathroom.

They’re safe and humane, and will keep the cats away without harming them (or harming your plants).

Alternate (decoy) cat toilet


The idea is to create a contained area where cats will do their business without disturbing your plants. Choose an out-of-the-way spot in your yard, fill it with oh-so-tempting catnip, and add a sand-style litter box.

Citrus peel


Cats are supposedly turned away by the sharp smell of citrus peels, such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Toss the peels around your raised beds and plantings, and let the cat’s powerful sense of smell do the work.

Strong-smelling herbs


You can plant wildly fragrant herbs around your raised beds and most prized plantings, or grow them in containers so they’re portable and easily moved when you have a new cat problem.

Plant coleus canina


This unusual but attractive flower (an herb in the mint family) is meant to smell like a skunk, and it only gets worse when it’s brushed against.

Natural obstacles (pine cones, branches, etc.)


Cats like a nice and even ground when they go to the bathroom, so pine cones and branches are off-putting.

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