I talked to my neighbor today about the cats roaming around our house and using it as a litter box. He said that his boys really liked the cats and they fed them whenever they came around. (I was actually wishing he would say that he didn’t like them pooping, too.) Unfortunately, he wasn’t very helpful, and we kept our conversation brief and forcedly friendly. I don’t think either of us want an enemy for a neighbor, even if it is just over cat poop. I wouldn’t normally have a problem with this…I mean, everyone poops, right? Problem is, Teddy loves these tasty little morsels. They are his treat of choice any time he gets into the backyard. We never know where the cats might decide to do their business. I think we should be able to let Teddy in the backyard without having to clean his mouth out every time he comes back in. I had a few thoughts, and I’d appreciate any feedback.
1. Catch the offending cats and send them to SPCA (bad – b/c I’d be on the neighbor’s bad side and I might be responsible for the cats’ death if they didn’t get adopted.)
2. Keep buying $10 boxes of pwdered repellent that only lasts a week and doesn’t work very well. (already tried it…if you miss a square inch in the mulch, that’s where the cat goes.)
3. Cover the whole yard in rocks. (costly and heavy.)
4. Never let Teddy outside (umm, no.)
5. Watch Teddy very closely outside (not easy to do…you can’t catch him before he finds the goods)
6. Let Teddy live outside most of the day for a week and see if any cats decide to come back. (has potential…but would they come back when Teddy isn’t there?)
7. Put covered litter boxes around the yard and hope the cats go in them instead of the mulch and dirt. (has potential, but still expensive. Also, would I have to be cleaning litter boxes for cats that aren’t even mine?)
Any suggestions you have would be appreciated. I’d like to know what you’d do in our situation.