- Pets and Animals
Stop cats from crapping in your yard
Do you have strange neighborhood cats crapping in your yard? Don't you hate the stench and cleaning up after someone else's nasty cat? After reviewing a lot of posts on the internet, I decided to try spreading crushed red pepper over my yard. And "voila" no more cat crap, no more stench and no more worries. If this didn't work, my next step was going to be catching one of the buggers in a trap and tying a noose around its neck, to leave it swinging from the branch of a tree as a warning to all the other nasty critters. However, thanks to a $5 bag of crushed red pepper bought at the local Asian (Korean) supermarket, the problem is fixed. It was just too easy!
For background, I learned that some people tried using coffee grounds, with marginal success. Others flamed about 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. I think that cats are damn smart animals, and one whiff of crushed red pepper and they tell all their friends, "Hey, this place is off-limits now, so let's go crap in someone else's yard." Not my problem anymore. Well, almost actually. After about a week, one furry bugger crapped again, so I refreshed the red pepper, and have done so a few more times at about 5-7 day intervals. Now I find the odd poop once a month or so. But I can live with that.
Cat lover's consider this:
An alternative (albeit expensive) solution...
If you are the kind of person who prefers expensive high technology solutions to cheap simplicity, then read on. One of our kind readers pointed me at the "Bird-X YardGard Electronic Pest Animal Repeller." For only $125, you can pain kitty ears with high frequency just when they are searching for the ideal spot to toilet. One may argue that it is money well spent, but I recommend you try the $5 crushed red pepper before rewiring your house to provide electronic deathrays to your yard.