Training cats to poop outside is one of the best ways to avoid using a litter tray, however, sometimes it can mean bad business for your garden.
If you have surrounding neighbours with cats that love to explore or even have cats of your own, you may find that they start to use your plants and bushes as their own personal litter tray. Nobody likes that.
Garden projects can take years to tailor and kitty litter is never something you want to be picking up on top of your weed killing and lawnmowing routines. You don't need to get annoyed at these kitty cats, though, because there are some things you can add to your garden that will warn off these pesky intruders.
Best five ways to deter cats from your garden
If you're struggling with unwanted cats messing in your garden, then there are some easy remedies you can use to naturally deter them. Here are some of our top tips:
Natural deterrent scents: Cats have an amazing sense of smell and citrus, lavender, peppermint, and cinnamon are particularly uncomfortable for cats. If you start to plant some of these scents around (aka invest in a lavender plant!) then it will naturally warn them off.
Repellent pellets: If the natural scents don't work, you can get a similar option through repellents, pellets, and granules easily found on the pet market. Don't worry, they're humane and all you need to do is shake them all across your garden.
Motion-detection sprinklers: As it says in the name, investing in some sprinklers that are motion-detected will simply give any naughty trespassers an unexpected squirt of water when it senses them on your lawn. Easy and efficient.
Sound-motion detectors: These detectors will spot any movement and let out a high-pitched sound inaudible to humans to deter off any kitties. They're slightly smaller than the sprinklers so maybe a better option if you want something unnoticeable.
Uncomfortable grounding: If all your plants and flowers are feeling the brunt of cats coming into your garden, you can secure off the area with a different grounding. Using things like chicken wire or twigs around your plants will make it hard for cats to walk on and will stop them from going there for some relief.
So with all of this in mind, we've found the best things on the market right now to stop cats pooping in your garden. Using all of the tips above, check out our selection below.
The best products to stop cats pooping in your garden UK 2022
Waitrose Garden Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Plant
Best natural plant to deter cats
Remember we said about using natural scents to warn off cats? Well, grab a bunch of the popular lavender plant and plant it around your outdoor areas - not only will it help to deter cats, but it looks great, too. Cats hate the smell of lavender, so they're a lot less likely to poop in bushes or areas with this beautiful flower.
Thompson & Morgan Coleus Canina 'Scaredy Cat', 12 Jumbo Plug Plants
Best 'scaredy cat plant' to deter cats
Our second choice for a natural repellent is the 'scaredy-cat plant' which, as it says in the name, is a great deterrent to scare those cats away. It's part of the mint family and produces a strong scent that cats hate. Easy to grow, you can just place these in the sun in a pot or border. Available in a pack of 6 or 12.
GET OFF My Garden Cat & Dog Repellent
Best cat repellent crystals
These GET OFF repellents are jelly-like crystals with strong a scent that you can place around your plants, bushes and grass up to approximately 71 square metres. Even better, it works in all weather conditions.
Defenders Cat Scatter Granules
Best garden granule cat repellent
Another cat pellet option, these Defenders Cat Scatter granules prevent everything from scratching to digging and fowling. They're biodegradable and repel cats with their scents. Easy to use, just shake and go.
Cat Repellent - 0.5kg By Silent Roar
Best cat repellent with lion dung essence
This Cat Repellent by Silent Roar is particularly impressive, made out of the essence of lion dung. Cats will naturally associate this scent with predators and even the biggest cats will avoid these areas. One application lasts up to three months.
Tech Max Battery Operated Cat Scarer
Best solar-power cat scarer
Looking for an eco-friendly option? This Tech Max cat scarer is solar-powered and long-lasting and is one of our top options for a sound-motion detector. With 360-degree sensitivity, it will cover a 300-square metre area all around.
Defenders STV415 Jet-Spray Pond & Garden Protector, Green
Best jet-spray cat repellent
For protection over your garden - including ponds and water features - invest in this Defenders jet-spray protector. Working as a motion-detection sprinkler, it will cover a radius of up to 10m with an adjustable height.
Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler
Best luxury cat detection sprinkler
Want to splash out on a motion-activated sprinkler? This Orbit 62100 is a high-end repeller with unique day and night detection, giving you 24-hour protection. It's a more expensive option but it's definitely worth your money.
Pestbyeu00ae Battery Operated Motion Activated Waterproof Cat Repellent
Subtle but powerful, these Pestbye sound-motion repellers are perfect if you want to hide them away in your garden. They're small but cover up to 32ft, with their specialised HyperResonance Frequency.
Defenders Mega-Sonic Cat Repeller (Web Exclusive)
Best mega-sonic cat repeller
Want no messing about with your sound repeller? This Defenders cat repeller is mega-sonic and has internal rubber seals for water resistance. A good option if you want more for your money as it covers up to 100 square metres.
Wilko 10m x 60cm Wire Garden Netting
Best wire netting for uncomfortable grounding
Still stuck on what to choose or just want an easy solution? Grab some of this Wilko wire netting, which you just place over areas of pots, plant beds or bushes to give that uncomfortable grounding we talked about.