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How to Stop Cat Crap

Updated on December 29, 2012
Cat Scat Mat
Cat Scat Mat
Martha Stewart / Freddy Krueger
Martha Stewart / Freddy Krueger
Flying Vampire Kitten
Flying Vampire Kitten
Beach defenses called Czech Hedgehogs.
Beach defenses called Czech Hedgehogs.

Howard's article "Stop cats from crapping in your yard" made me laugh about using crushed red pepper "being bad for kitty eyeballs, and that if the pepper gets in their eyes, they may gouge their eyes out with their claws. I guess this would solve the cat crap problem too ."

There are many homemade recipes to discourage cats from using your lawn as a cat litter box. Some people have tried just one method and it worked the first time. The following are scents that are known to repel cats.

  • cayenne pepper
  • cinnamon
  • curry powder
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemon grass
  • mustard
  • Orange
  • Citronella
  • Vinegar

The following are methods that involve placing objects all over your backyard and front lawn

  • prickly pine cones
  • gravel that is sharp and pointy
  • grow garlic chives
  • coffee grounds
  • dried out tea bags with Deep Heat
  • moth balls
  • fake rubber snakes
  • cat repellent crystals
  • bottles laid on their sides half filled with water
  • lion manure, (pellets which are basically bits of lion dung)
  • plastic forks stuck upright

There is even a suggestion for hibachi skewers stuck upright in the ground. Are there flying vampire kittens from the movie 'The Lost Boys' or Vlad Tepes, (Dracula), impalement method for cat control?

I can imagine the Halloween Lawn Diorama on the Martha Stewart/Freddy Krueger show of a tastefully arranged cat deterrent of tiny sharp toothpicks stuck upright in the ground amidst Ponderosa pine cones that spell K-I-L-L amongst planted lavender & Rosemary herbs. On the 'Stewart/Krueger Show', Martha/Freddy would be talking to the audience by turning towards the camera and say,"These oils will not only deter cats - they will also fill your lawn garden with pleasant smells."

During the night a cat steps onto to the sharp toothpicks, gets pepper in it's eyes and begins clawing out it's own eyes out, stumbles but doesn't impale itself on the hibachi skewer because a flying cat vampire was already caught on it. The next morning, the neighbors will comment how tastefully the Ponderosa pine cones that spells out K-I-L-L in the grisly Halloween scene is the Pièce de résistance that made it the winner in the local front lawn Halloween design competition.

After finding out all the options that a person can do to make cats stay out of the yard - there is one suggestion that I like to add; laying out Jacks, miniature versions of the beach defenses shown in the "The Longest Day", called Czech Hedgehogs.

Human Zombies by Cat Spore

Toxoplasmosis is found in cat scat and may be damaging to a mother's fetus if the mother had no prior exposure and defensive antibodies to cats during the first trimester. In humans may cause several kinds of mental disorders.

The toxoplasma gondii infection in the brain causes self destructive behavior in rats by remaining in areas where there is cat urine which increases the chances of the rats to be eaten by cats and thus begin the life cycle over again.

Robert Sapolsky said "neuropsychological testing on men who are Toxo-infected, showing that they get a little bit impulsive." - which means more risk-taking such as speeding on a motorcycle. Sapolsky also noted that, "Schizophrenics have higher than expected rates of having been infected with Toxo" and the military are looking into Toxo for the troops to do things that are self destructive.

The German article in Naturwissenschaften, states that women with toxoplasmosis give birth to a higher percentage of boys.

Cat Litter Parasite May Raise Suicide Risk


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    mynameisnotpaul 5 years ago from Kentuckeh'

    This title is hilarious. Moth balls work wonders on repelling cats too.

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    ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

    kims3003 - man! that is so bad! I have only one idea ( not advertising) but before resorting to razor wire on top of your fence (you do have a fence - yes?) then check out for ideas to make your own cat proof fence topping. ( yeah it's mighty ugy - but not smelling.)

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    kims3003 6 years ago

    I have a next door neighbor who at times has as many as 40 cats. They have lived next door for 14 years. I have lived in my home for 7 years.

    The cats use a side of my back yard for a liter box. Try to imagine how deep in crap the area is after this many cats have used it for 14 years!!

    When first moving in I removed three 33 gallon trash containers of the crap in this area and I could still have removed much more if I dug deeper but simply was too worn out and discouraged to do so.

    Most of the 40 cats remain indoors however this still leaves about 10 to 12 of them who like to be outside and use my yards for liter boxes and areas to "SPRAY" on the items I have outside such as my planter pots, swing, door mats, lawn mower, Arcadia glass window, front door, etc, etc. and God forbid anything I might leave outside that I did not intend to - by the time I retrieve the item the next day - it has been sprayed on. Its so so so very gross.

    In the last 3 to 4 years they have also started to use my raised flower beds for a liter box where I grow vegetables, flowers, etc. We NO LONGER eat any of the vegetables we grow.

    Yesterday I shoveled at least 15 piles of it out of the front yard which I had just done the week before when removing 25 or more piles plus many disgusting "thrown up hair balls"!! The neighbor also has 2 dogs who they let out the front door at least twice a day to go to the bathroom. Every single time they both run to my front yard to go to the bathroom. So now you add this to the problem.

    Last night when I was out front cleaning my car - the 2 dogs were let out and ran to my yard - I made some noise to get them to leave however one of the dogs was in the middle of doing his business. I went to walk across the street to the mailbox to get my mail and stepped in a pile of sh_t on my sidewalk. I discovered the dog had run out of my yard and was going to the bathroom as he ran - leaving 4 pieces of it along my walkway. Its so so gross.

    I live in a nice HOA run neighborhood - middle to upper class. No one around me has any issues with this - because of the fact I am the only one or the main place where the cats and 2 dogs go.

    Have contacted every place I know to see what can be done to at least minimize the problem. Told by every place that we do not have any laws in the city which I live regarding cats - only dogs.

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    ptosis 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks for the tip Lady Guinevere - but now I know it's more than one person with these community cats - I walked by a different apartment and they had the door open - Pee-U! it stunk!

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    Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

    Has anyoe thought of Spay.Neuter these cats? They tend to stay in the yard of whom fixed them. Get the lillt ol lady a number to call in her area at SPAY TODAY.

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    ptosis 7 years ago from Arizona

    KStyle - it's cats for sure. I have studied this crap and researched the whole stinky business. There are 12 strays in the area because little ol lady is feeding them.

    IdiotsDen - Yup can you tell that I'm a dog person? Rather trap the real Kat-Man-Poop than on PC.

    Thanks for your comments!

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    KStyle 7 years ago

    try putting a bowl of water in the area of concern, they usually are smart enough to not do their business where they eat or drink. Are you certain it's a cat? Maybe it's an armadillo or lizard. Don't sweat the small stuff!

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    IdiotsDen 7 years ago from Hyderabad

    I like cats only in pics. The flying vampire kitten too..!! Lol!

    Mean while, you can also try to trap this clever cat.


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    Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

    Thanks I will look into it.

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    ptosis 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks - I was laughing myself writing this.

    The CatStop Ultrasonic Cat Repellent by Contech is $54 @

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    Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

    This was really funny and I am sorry that you didn't get my e-mail about the outdoor cat litter box. I would love to know where and how that siren thing works because I have a cat that loves to piss on my counters and I have tried all the sprays and hot sauce and all that crap and it didn't work. I have the one that is a canned spray and it stopped working the next night. What a piece of crap and waste of money.

    I voted this up and useful and funny!