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#1 of 4 Old 05-28-2006, 06:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Over the past year, the local cat population has exploded, and unfortunately, they have all taken up residence in my backyard. So there is a horrible, horrible smell when I open my windows. I put down pepper flakes to deter the cats from coming back, but I need something to get rid of the smell. Also, it seems like the smell has attracted yucky flies, too. :

Anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to use anything potentially toxic to my family, but the smell is really bad enough for me to consider going that route.

Thanks in advance!
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I seem to have the same issue,but only with 1 cat(other dead).Besides getting a trap(free loaner usually from city) and catching each(then calling animal control) I would suggest planting some very fragrant bushes.Once you rid the area of the cats you could spray some of that (expensive) urine neutralizer.It does help,but I would not want to spend the $$$ till the cats were gone.

To keep the cats off the yard you can lay down chicken wire. I read they hate stepping on it.Cats don't like citris smells,but those don't last long.
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Cats do dislike citrus smell - you could soak some shards of terra cotta pots in lemon or orange oil and scatter them around. It should take some time for all that oil to work it's way out and wash away. The enzyme stuff will help a little, especially if you pour it on heavily and then cover the area with plastic for a few days so it won't evaporate (though that would kill your plants or grass).
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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to try the "recipe" posted here and see how that works. I'm hoping the garlic/pepper smell will overpower the kitty smell, and keep the kitties away for the moment.

I think I'll finally make that call to the animal rescue folks in the morning. I saw one of the kitties in my neighbor's yard yesterday and she is VERY pregnant. On one hand it's cute, but it also means more cats to use my yard as a litter box. :

If that recipes doesn't work, then I'll move on to the citrus. Thanks, again.
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