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Unread 04-17-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday morning as I was going out to work, I caught the neighbor's cat pooping in one of the flower beds were I live, so I shoo'ed him away. Of course, I don't want to do anything to hurt the cat because I'm not that kind of person, I have two cats myself, so what should I do? Is there some kind of harmless spray I could use on the beds? Should I spread gravel or maybe turn it into a rock garden, or maybe plant cactuses there? My neighbor is not very responsible about her pets. Last summer her dog kept hopping the fence and pooping in my yard. It looks like she doesn't provide very adequate toilet facilities for her pets, so maybe that's why her pets use my residence for a toilet. I'm getting pretty peeved about the whole thing, and pretty soon I might have to report it to the animal shelter. Any advice? Thanks.
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If it were me I guess I would ask myself, in the whole scheme of things how important is it really? It won't hurt the plants and cats usually bury it.

An alternative to doing nothing would be to get some animal repellent and spray the area. I don't have one to recommend but I'm sure someone else here does.
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Well, the problem is that this flower bed is right by my basement suite kitchen window, and the dirt is sort of packed, making the droppings hard to bury...maybe I could just dig up the bed to make the dirt loose and tolerate it. My main concern is that dog crapping on my lawn...that most certainly will NOT be tolerated! There are laws governing proper supervision of dogs and they are to be obeyed.
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I'd first try to reason with the owner, then, failing that, call animal control... Or as you said, tolerate it. Whatever you do, don't plant cactus.. I've seen firsthand what cactus can do to cats, and it's not pretty.. It'll just make things worse for you.... Not to mention it's extremely cruel for them. It's not the cat's fault they go where they do, after all.
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You're right AK, a cat could get hurt just brushing past a cactus...I would never do anything to intentionally hurt a cat or any other animal.
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If it continues I would talk to the neighbor. I've heard that putting ground black pepper on plants keeps certain animals away!
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Amethyst, the next door neighbors have long since mended their ways and moved out, but your idea sounds like a good one for future neighbors and their pet problems and I'll keep it in mind. Thanks.
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If it continues I would talk to the neighbor. I've heard that putting ground black pepper on plants keeps certain animals away!
ground black pepper? wow, first time i heard about that.
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The simplest thing is to use an animal repellent except you have to keep reapplying it until the cat changes its behavior. They're usually inexpensive. However, I wouldn't figure it would be enough of an issue to worry about.
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