How To Discourage Cats from Pooping in Yard?

How To Discourage Cats from Pooping in Yard?

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Tess Wilson
Dec 15, 2015

Q: This past summer, I received two stray cats in my backyard. They are very loyal, friendly, and caring. I have grown attached to them as my pets. However, now they're pooping everywhere in my backyard. I recently redecorated my yard with fancy rocks and dirt, thinking that would make them do their business somewhere else, but it hasn't. The smell is horrible and there are flies everywhere now. (I know that perhaps I should've just bought a litter box, but my family says that it's best that I avoid cleaning a random cat's poop. This is for my health, honestly). The methods say you should spray repellents and all sorts of things. But I'll feel so guilty afterwards because they're so loyal and caring towards me. I love them with all my heart...

Although, there is a chance that I would do it to get rid of the horrible odors., my neighbor has cats and she sometimes feeds mine when I'm not home. I know they will still be doing their business where they are being fed, so I would still be dealing with odors and poop. I don't know what to do!? Please help!(thank you!) -Sent by Jenny

Editor: Well, the deal here at Good Questions is that I will pick your submission in exchange for a puppy photo, but your story has touched my heart. And that is a cute kitty! Readers, do you have any advice for keeping the strays from pooping in Jenny's yard? What about tips for kindly, humanely encouraging the cats to make their home elsewhere?

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