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Topic # 194907 29-Mar-2016 16:36
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Some of our driveway is bark with native "weeds" in it, and recently the cats have been defecating in the bark, which attracts flies and smells awful. 

 

How can I discourage them from "going" in this area? I heard a bottle of water on the lawn stops dogs.. Doubt the same thing works with cats though.


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  Reply # 1522348 29-Mar-2016 16:41
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Irrigation triggered by motion sensor.





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  Reply # 1522349 29-Mar-2016 16:41
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Considering the bottle of water thing was a joke by Country Calendar (iirc) I am pretty sure it won't work for cats.






 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1522351 29-Mar-2016 16:43
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Here we go, queue all the cat haters.

 

And the bottle of water stopping the dogs, pretty skeptical about that - http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/lawn.asp


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  Reply # 1522352 29-Mar-2016 16:44
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Cats don't like mint or citrus, so anything containing those will deter them.  There are proprietary products in DIY and pet shops, although some are not cheap.  You usually have to reapply them after rain.  You could also get a dog.


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  Reply # 1522363 29-Mar-2016 16:51
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our cats have taken to pooing on the gravel courtyard outside ... which is a major pain as I don't want them to not be welcome in our yard, I just want them to use their litter tray!  Contrary animals, cats are


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  Reply # 1522376 29-Mar-2016 17:12
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Timms trap baited with catnip?





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  Reply # 1522377 29-Mar-2016 17:19
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Bamboo skewers poked into the dirt about 5-10 cm apart. You can take them out again once you break the habit.


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  Reply # 1522383 29-Mar-2016 17:28
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Hi. 

 

Some of our driveway is bark with native "weeds" in it, and recently the cats have been defecating in the bark, which attracts flies and smells awful. 

 

How can I discourage them from "going" in this area? I heard a bottle of water on the lawn stops dogs.. Doubt the same thing works with cats though.

 

 

 

 

It is also a serious health hazard.

 

It was suggested to me that moth balls help but I have no experience with it. Most things don't work.





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  Reply # 1522387 29-Mar-2016 17:33
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Skunk Shot. Developed in NZ by chemists at VUW. Costs about $25, and was also used in US to keep vagrants out of buildings, so don't expect to have a sweet-smelling garden.

 

Better option may be to place a litter box nearby then slowly move it towards where you want them to go once they start using it.

 

Best option is motion-sensor garden sprinkler, as suggested above. You're probably stuffed if you have water restrictions, cats will arrive in bulk on "no sprinkler" days. 


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Email Gareth Morgan see if he can offer any ideas

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  Reply # 1522417 29-Mar-2016 18:09
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In related news, does anyone know the legality of using a Timms Trap within a residential area. 

 

 





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In related news, does anyone know the legality of using a Timms Trap within a residential area. 

 

 

 

I certainly hope it's not. 


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  Reply # 1522440 29-Mar-2016 18:52
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Do you have garden areas that have soil? 

 

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Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray with citrus-scented fragrances. Coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats. Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue over the garden.

 

 

 

Move their droppings to a suitable garden soil area, maybe they might gravitate to there?

 


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In related news, does anyone know the legality of using a Timms Trap within a residential area. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using those in suburbia to catch cats is just wrong full stop

 

 





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In related news, does anyone know the legality of using a Timms Trap within a residential area. 

 

 

 

 

Animal Welfare Act Regulations prohibit the use of leg-hold traps (such as gin traps) in residential areas and within 150 metres of dwellings or places where there are likely to be pets

 

Only hold traps are banned, Kill traps are fine.

 

 

 

You can hire Timms traps from the Hamilton Council. You should  inform your neighbours that you have set Timms Traps on your property and advise them to keep pets off your property.

 

http://www.hamilton.govt.nz/our-services/animal-control/feralcatspossums/Pages/default.aspx


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