The Responsibility For Cat Poop

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My sister and I still laugh our heads off when we reminisce about our childhood days and how our mom would rid the backyard of dookies left by our family dog: she went around with a garden trowel, scooping up poop and flinging it over the fence onto the busy road on the other side. Occasionally we would hear someone honk their horn, angry that dog poop fell from the sky onto their car.

Well, if you were to look in my backyard today, you would see piles of cat dookies in my flowerbeds. And once, I found a furball's present left on our back door step. You would think I own a cat, but I don't!

Images of my mother and her solution to the dog poop bring a smile to my face as I imagine flinging the cat poop over the fences onto our cat-owning neighbors' yards. No... that wouldn't be nice. So, I decided to write this poop report instead.

For three or four years, we've had a sandbox in our yard for our kids to play in. I've warned them with hellfire, damnation, and eternally losing their sandbox if they did not keep it covered when they weren't playing in it. But every summer for the past three or four years, they forgot to cover it, and all it would take was one night without its cover to become a kitty-litter box. So we'd have to find a way to dispose of the contaminated sand, disinfect the box and toys, and refill with new sand -- a real pain in the patootie!

A few years ago, my older child came inside from playing in the sandbox to tell me his fingers smelled like poop. Yeah, you guessed it: he forgot the sandbox cover the night before, a kitty found it, and his fingers found the poop -- so gross!!

Yet I just don't have the heart to deprive my kids of a beloved backyard activity. So I decided that this year, I will have to invest in a motion-activated sprinkler to guard the sandbox from cats. It just fries me to no end that I must take the responsibility to keep cats out of my yard, when it really should be the cat owner's responsibility to do so. That's just not right.

If you own an outside cat, you would have to be extremely naive to think that your cat doesn't wander into neighboring yards to do its business. A dog owner who allowed his dog to do that would probably not get away with it for long -- and rightly so. I wouldn't want neighbors' dog poop in my yard any more than I would their cats. But why is it okay for cat owners to do this?

I've thought about talking to my neighbors, but I really don't know how to do so without causing tension. Other than their outside cats, they are nice neighbors. I've thought about trapping the cats that come into our yard and taking them to the pound, but knowing my luck they'd probably see me loading their cats into my car. But here again -- why is it my problem to take care of my neighbors' cats? Why must I buy devices to keep them away? Why must I buy traps to trap them and take them to the pound, or put up with the poop? The answer is, it shouldn't be my responsibility or come at my cost to contain someone else's cat.

So: if you are a neighbor who owns an outside cat, please consider the effects on your neighbors because of your decisions. I know I'm not the only one in this neighborhood who is upset about this problem. Please consider finding a way to keep your cat on your property, whether that means you need to keep your cat in your house or get an invisible fence system. Either way, the inconvenience and the cost should be yours and not your neighbors'. Otherwise, you might have neighbors who like my mom's solution to getting rid of poop in their yards...

35 Comments on "The Responsibility For Cat Poop"

Anonymous Coward's picture
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Yep, I put up a cat proof fence around my yard to keep my cats in and "stranger cats" out of the yard. It works great--not to mention the peace of mind I have that my kitties aren't in the street.

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Your mad at your neighbors because you can't keep the lid on your children's sandbox at night or teach your kids accountability? Cats are not the only critters that like sand. If you set traps you might find more then kitties the next morning.

I like your mother's solution - return to sender via aerial bombardment. One solution to garden bed dookie is to sprinkle capsicum powder around your flowers. Most cats learn to stay away after an incident of flaming paws, ass and nose.

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One of my earliest memories was of a shared sandbox experience with the little boy next door. Not only did we find cat poops in the sand but the little bastard bit me. I didn't know whether I should fear salmonella or rabies. I was only about four and the experience was traumatic.

You are on the right track with the motion detecting sprinkler. I checked out a site on parenting in Berkley and the sprinkler was highly recommended.

Do not place to much blame on the poor pussy cats. Just imagine that you had to go yourself and suddenly you were confronted with a dazzling commode with a plush soft seat with a warmer for the comfort of your buns. You would, I dare say, plunk your butt down post haste and pump out a log.

On the bright side, the turds are easy to find if they are always in the sandbox. We had, when I was a child, an old cat who suffered from diarrhea and used to booby trap our yard. She would extrude a loose and foul stool and proceed to hide it by strategically covering it with one leaf. Many were the times that I hopped on one foot to the well that I might cleanse the area between my toes, either that or an amputation was all that could bring relief.

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Any short of shotgun will do the trick will very little need to aim...just point and shoot. If you'd like a little more skill, go with a rifle. Either way, pooop problem solved. It'll also have the added benefit of making your neighbors think twice before coming over to complain...no need to risk an arse full of buckshot when it's easier to just keep the kitties inside.

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Deadeyebrown, you sir are an asshole. The cat is only acting on it's natural instinct to take a dump
while you are seem to be acting on your instinct that you are actually an important part of the ecosystem.

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Betty, set a live trap for the cats, and use them for ass wipe, I save thousands of dollars a year with this method, and a good absorbent cat can last for years with proper care and maintainence.
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The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

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This is what I use:

http://www.gamousa.com/Catalog.aspx?Product=235

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We had an old tractor tire in the back yard as our sandbox. Mom and Dad would yell at us kids (all the kids in the neighborhood!) for throwing "sand" out into the grass. We had to search for cat poop daily before we could play, but it was always solid stuff.

And CEP... YOU'LL PUT YOUR EYE OUT!!! ;(
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Let the dog out.....they think cats are the magic chocolate factory!!!!
Just kiddin although is it sad but true.
It's the urine that's more gross though.

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Any sensible cat owner would keep their cats indoors. Indoor cats have no problems with getting run over by cars, problems from run-ins with evil teenagers, fleas, worms, ticks, fights with other cats, drinking antifreeze or other toxics, oil drips on the fur from hiding under cars, burns from napping on warm engines during the winter, eating parasite-ridden rodents/birds/insects and subsequent health problems that cost a lot at the vet and distress the cat, getting chewed on (or worse) by dogs and other larger animals, AND (drum roll please...) THE POOP IS THE OWNER'S PROBLEM 100% OF THE TIME. It doesn't take a genius to figure this out: Cause & Effect: Cats Outside = Problems for Non-Cat People. If you love and value your furry friends, keep them inside! ---Captain Craptastic!!!

----Captain Craptastic!!!

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My father had a different solution to the problem. He was a complete nerd when he was a kid and he and the other neighborhood nerds decided one day that they were sick of their little brothers and sisters finding cat shit in the sandbox. So they devised a plan.

Now my dad was a total nerd, as I have already stated, and one of his favorite hobbies was chemistry. Particularly the chemistry involved with model rocket fuel and explosives. He and his friends, one of whom was into electrical wiring, rigged up a sort of remote-operated mine for the sandbox.

The boys loaded their mine in the sandbox and then hid in the bushes, waited for the obnoxious cat to come by and use it. The minute said cat came to the box and dug down, bending down to lay a nice steamer, the boys fired their trigger and set off a small charge. The charge was not enough to seriously injure the cats, just enough to singe their fur a little.

The boys spent most of several afternoons doing this until word must have gotten out among the neighborhood cats not to use the sandbox on Oak Street. Several months passed before a cat turd showed up in that box again.

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Humbunger, if you've forgotten to do anything in the past week, then you know how a child can forget to do something also, and is even more likely to. Give the little gnoshes a break.

I LOVE your motion-activated sprinkler activity, but I HATE those electric fences. They can be a great harm to your pet. If your pet happens to get outside of it and is being chased by a larger animal, it might be afraid to come back in. If it's terrified of the fence already, and a larger animal comes into your fence, your cat has no place to escape the yard. The collars can fritz out and shock your pet.

I actually think if you see the neighbor's cat going in your yard, that it's totally acceptable to toss the cat poop into their yard, and I wholeheartedly suggest it. I suggest that you do this every damned day.

And just for once, I'd like to see people upset at the cats take their frustration out on the OWNER instead of the cat.


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I suggest you get a paint ball gun and sit outside in the dark for a night. I did it to a racoon that kept knocking over my garbage. After you paint him orange a couple of times they may learn to stay clear of your yard, but then again some animals are just stupid and just keep showing up to get pwned. I sometimes look forward to hearing rustling in my garbage!

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Here's what we've done with a former neighbor's kitty shitty problem:

1) Super-soaker full of vinegar - we sent them fuckers back home smelling like a pickle!

2) Collect the cat turds in a bag, set bag on door step, light bag on fire - tried but true.

3) Line the perimeter of the garden with mothballs - not very effective

4) um, I'll post more later (after my appointment with my therapist!)

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Thanks Daphne...You have a heart of gold when it comes to treatment of animals. I eat meat but still think animals deserve humane treatment always. Visited you zoo online and loved the site. If you ever crave a relationship with a disgusting, fat,
ugly, old, bald, poor
married man, I am available.

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I'm a cat lover. My cat is an inside cat who likes to play or lay outside sometimes. My cat always comes inside to her litter box to poop and pee. I have watched her and never understood why my cat won't let her natural instincts rule and go outside. Maybe it is because she lived inside for years before I let her taste the outside. I think its cute. It is like watching a kid swimming in the pool get out to run to the potty. My cat has manners. So don't assume that every cat that gets to roam a little is an outside pooper. Don't be cruel to animals or it will come back to you. Go to the owner of the cat and state your case. The cat is only being a normal cat. Why don't you just run outside and shoo them out of your yard. Not shoe them or poison them or shoot at them or shock them. There is something warm and comforting about seeing a cat in the window or lounging on a tree branch. If your kids are still playing in the sand box then they are too young to hold the sole responsibility of covering the box. You, as the parent, the one who pays for the sand and box should go behind your child to make sure the cover is on the box. It is no different from checking their homework or behind their ears after they have bathed themselves. Kids are kids and cats are cats. Be nice to both. You never know, you might find yourself locked out of the house or homeless and needing a clean place to poop.

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Couple of options here: BB/Pellet gun, traps, electic fencing or wires running through. I do like the home made land mine ideas. But what ever you choose, quickly skin the kitty and throw on the grill on medium to high heat for 10-12 minutes and use an A-1 or BBQ sauce. Tastes like chicken! Here kitty kitty!

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Let me back up a second. The problem we had with the neighbor's cats' poop was actually more of a problem with the neighbor herself. She was fucking insane. She hated dogs, and thought she was a cat herself. She would scream at my dog if she came near the end of our driveway (she didn't even need to leave our driveway to incurr the wrath of our psycho neighbor), then she'd hiss at her like a cat. When her cats started shitting in our garden we asked her to keep her cats in her own yard (which is across the road). She claimed they were free spirits and could roam wherever they chose to. Yeah, free spirited cats, but our dog was an "abominable creature" according to her. We tried every diplomatic effort to keep the peace with the bitch but she systematically pissed off just about everyone in our town. We finally just said fuck her and the cats she rode in on!

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Hey shitwit, it just occurred to me that a neighbor might one day address me with this problem. Mr. Beasty (one of our cats) loves to go outside, because when we got him, he was wild and had been abandoned. It's really hard to remove that desire from a once-wild cat. We live in a country cul-de-sac, so he's pretty much safe from cars and predators (there are lots of trees to climb and he's had his shots).

What do you do if one of your cats is pooping in the neighbor's flower bed? The only answer I can come up with would be to go clean up the neighbor's flower bed myself on a daily basis to save my cat from them reacting in the manner some of the posters here might. If it meant that I had to buy them mulch once a month, I'd do it. What's that, like 4 bucks? That's cheaper than litter.

Lucky for me, Mr. Beasty, Nomad, and Tweaky stick around the cul-de-sac faithfully and pee in the little wooded area in the middle of our turn around, or I'd be buying mulch!

P.S. Chief Thunderbutt, you sound alot like the husband I already have. hehehe.


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Betty, I'm having similar problem as yours and is seeking for help actually. The day before yesterday I found poop-like stuff together with vomit-like stuff on the garden bed next to my swimming pool. This morning I found solid-poop, even closer to the pool, on the edge.

I think it's a cat and will he/she come again to make it his/her habit to do 'business' around my swimming pool ?

I don't want to clean the poop everyday, how can I keep them out and make them 'not doing' their business ?

By the way, to all cat's owners - pls control your cat and TEACH them properly as we teach our children !!! ( we won't let our children pee / poop in other people's yard and ruin their beautiful garden !!! ) If your neighbour complain, pls do something !!!

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Dear Anonymus Victem,
There is not a lot you can do to educate a cat.
Cat's prefer a soft place (flowerbed, lawn,
litterbox) when it is time to take a dump. I have never known a cat that prefered to shit on the tile or concrete surrounding a swiming pool. You are, I can only asume, being visited by a very special cat. Hose it's poop away with reverence
and be thankful you can aford a pool for this very special cat to foul.

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daphne's picture
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If you do have a flower garden and expect cats, try burying balloons. Cats will hit the balloons with their claws... BOOM.. and the cats are scared away.

This has worked for me in the past..... but you must remember to pick up the balloon pieces.


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Oh, POO on You!

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So mature!!!!!!!!! I have 4 cats and I have been told by my next door neighbour that you put lemon juice and/or wedges round the garden they dont poop in it!!!!! As for it being the cat owners responsibility for your kids not putting the lid on their sandbox that is stupid!!! I had my sandbox taken off of me because i left it to many times and kittys pooped in it....made me respect my things!!! Not that your kids will with a get rewarded for not doing as you are asked. Cats are free to roam for a reason.....they are not daft like my dog is they need stimulus from outside!!! Why not try puttin the lemon round and maby a little do as I say or it goes with your kids!!!!!!!!

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And to think I thought I was the worst neighbor in the world. I'm like Mr.Rogers compared to some of you fucking pricks._______
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I swivel my chair around, I see a cat asleep in front of the fire, 1 snoozing on the beam above the fire, (the warmest place) 1 sacked out on the bed, several more I can not see are somewhere, and a German shepherd 2 feet from me. (as he always is) All rescues, all welcome to be inside or not. The revolving door of rescue, nursing, and placement has slowed some, but still goes round. A cat's gotta doo, what a cat's gotta doo.

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What about a cat butt plug for out door cats ?

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It's not the cats burying their poop in my garden - it's some mindless joker who obviously has a lot of time...also no respect for private property, because s/he stirs the sh.t both in the front, as well as the back of the house...the association is not fenced.

Incidentally- I love animals- when they are well behaved- my neighbours pets should not become my problem

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Cat poop is really toxic and I hate that my neighbors leave their cats outside all the time to shit in my yard, in my garden (That has a nice big fence). It's so disgusting. I love animals but this is ridiculous. I live in an urban setting where houses are close to each other. In the country, I am all for letting cats live outside. Why should cat owners not feel responsible for their pet's poop? You have to pick up dog poop, why not do the same for your cat? Poop is poop. Cat owners who live in close quarter neighborhoods - please wake up and take responsibility for your cat shit.

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You should check your local animal control laws, Fed Up, because in many places a family cat can be ordered to be kept inside if a neighbor complains that the cat is a nuisance.

For instance, we lived somewhere a few years ago where a neighborhood cat was sitting on another neighbor's twenty thousand dollar truck and scratched the hood. Because the truck owner complained, the cat owner was ordered to keep the cat inside.

I suggest you first talk to the cat owner, telling him that his cat is not welcome on your property and you are giving him notice that he has to keep the cat off your yard. If he refuses to help, go to the city and make a formal complaint. He might even have to compensate you.

We have a cat who has crapped in our neighbor's side yard. I offered to buy mulch and replace the mess on a weekly basis, but she really didn't care what the cat was doing because the cat only did so infrequently. Had she demanded that I keep my cat off her property, according to our local laws, I'd be obliged to do so.

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responsibility for cat poop ? is that an oxymoron ?

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So this idea has worked for a while now, I don't own a cat but i have plenty of them pooping on my carport sleeping on my porch and vehichles every night.. So, i decided to borrow my parents small rottweiler i tied him up in 2 places for a couple weeks just during the day... lol thing is some of these cats live w/ dogs or are use to seeing them on a short leash. well mine wasn't on a short leash. Minus 1 cat which i don't think was fast enough the other 3 have yet to return in 2 months lol.

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Okay... well you have OCD big time. You don't have to buy sprinklers.. its called proper parenting and having a cover, so use it! Is it really that hard to threaten to take away your kid's allowance or somehow punish them for not closing the cover. Make it your own responsibility to every night before dinner (or after) check the cover and if it is not on right, get your kids to put it on. Cats have the right to roam and pet owners have the right to let them out too, but you and your mother do not under ANY circumstances throw poop onto someone else's yard!!!!!!!

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I took your Mom's route last night after having to deal with the neighbor's cat using my garden for over a year. I have asked them to deal with it numerous times. Each time they just clean it after I have to ask a few times and claim they put pepper down regularly. They also like to say that it isn't cat feces but raccoon feces, raccoons don't bury their feces.

On one occasion my young son got out of the car and stepped in the cat crap. What set me off was the odor from my garden was so strong. I could see all the clumps of dirt due to the urine. I cleaned the garden out and flung all the clumps and poo onto their driveway for them to clean up. I am not proud of what I did out of anger. I am so tired of the lazy neighbor not being a responsible pet owner.

If I owned a cat and had a neighbor complaining on a regular basis I would be a good neighbor and would take action and keep on top of the problem. I guess not all people have that courtesy.
The good thing is that this got his attention. Yes, our friendly neighbor relationship is not ruined but he purchased some high frequency gadgets to deter the cat from the area. Too bad he didn't do something sooner!

Outdoor cats are a nuisance and it should be the owners responsibility and not that of the innocent neighbors. Not to mention cat waste is dangerous to children.

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I have a cat who is part indoors part outdoors. She spends the nights inside, but during the day I let her out to roam. This is important because I'm often not home with work and my cat would bounce off the walls if I didn't let her out for a bit.

The neighbor and I are on very bad terms at the moment because of the cat. We share a small garden that runs along the outside of our units. It's basically one long strip and runs outside my house and past her house. The cat naturally thinks that it belongs to her.

When we first moved in my cat pooped a lot around the garden strip, I guess to stake her claim on the property. The neighbor brought it to my attention and since then I basically trawl every day for cat poop to get rid of it. Regardless, there are times when I'm not home and she poops and the neighbor sees it before I can get to it.

There's really nothing I can do about this. I can't be in two places at once. I've made a commitment to pick it up when I see it and I generally look twice a day.

My neighbor says that she once found poop on her car. Cats don't poop on solid objects unless they're trying to pick a bone with you so if it was my cat - and I'm not convinced it was as there are so many around this area - then the neighbor obviously upset her somehow.

I also this week found dry poop outside my door. Now I know for a fact that there's been nothing in and around my neighbors house for weeks because I've checked every single day and not found anything. So if she found this bit of poop somewhere and put it outside my door I am very very upset.

Note to non-cat owners. If you've raised this issue with the cat owner, and the owner has made sincere efforts to manage the problem you do NOT have the right to get angry and fling cat poop at their house. If you do, you should be prepared for your relationship with that person to break down. I am very unhappy at being made to feel so uncomfortable in my own home. I have the real estate owners permission to have a cat on the property and I have the right to let my cat out during the day.

I know cat poop can be unpleasant and smelly, but we're also only human and there's no way for me to follow my cat around 24 hours a day to pick up her poop as she does it.