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    • TrixA
    • By TrixA 25th Aug 16, 9:56 AM
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    How to stop cat using doormat as toilet
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    • 25th Aug 16, 9:56 AM
    How to stop cat using doormat as toilet 25th Aug 16 at 9:56 AM
    We're having a really unpleasant problem with a cat (at least we assume it's a cat - we haven't actually caught it in the act) defecating on our front door mat. It used to happen occasionally, then became more and more frequent, to the point where last weekend we resorting to throwing away the doormat, thoroughly cleaning the front of the house and liberally applying the product 'scoot'. This stopped the behaviour for about a week but yesterday it happened again - this time in broad daylight when it previously happened mostly at night or early in the morning. I'm really at my wit's end, it's absolutely revolting and we can't afford to buy a new doormat every week. Does anyone have any experience getting cats to stop this sort of behaviour? Unfortunately we live in an urban area with lots of cats, including a number of spraying tomcats who I suspect are responsible for this as well. We don't have a pet ourselves as my OH is allergic.
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    • Laconic
    • By Laconic 25th Aug 16, 10:02 AM
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    Scat mat. Replace your doormat with one. Won't happen again. Get a second doormat for wiping your feet inside the house.
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    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 25th Aug 16, 10:45 AM
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    Get off crystals have worked well on my lawn
    • TrixA
    • By TrixA 25th Aug 16, 2:56 PM
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    Scat mat. Replace your doormat with one. Won't happen again. Get a second doormat for wiping your feet inside the house.
    Originally posted by Laconic
    I had to google Scat mat, but it appears that this product is only for use indoors?
    • warehouse
    • By warehouse 25th Aug 16, 3:00 PM
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    Could you set up a camera to keep watch so that when you eventually spot the guilty party you could perhaps set off some sort of water spray? Yes it might take some setting up and a little patience but think of the satisfaction...
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    • TrixA
    • By TrixA 25th Aug 16, 3:10 PM
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    Could you set up a camera to keep watch so that when you eventually spot the guilty party you could perhaps set off some sort of water spray? Yes it might take some setting up and a little patience but think of the satisfaction...
    Originally posted by warehouse
    I'm envisaging a scene out of the movie Home Alone, but with cats instead of burglars In reality I would probably end up soaking the postman.
    • Laconic
    • By Laconic 25th Aug 16, 3:46 PM
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    There are outdoor versions of scat mats. As a cat has to stand there to poop, it'll convince it in pretty short order to find someplace else.
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    • TrixA
    • By TrixA 25th Aug 16, 4:32 PM
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    There are outdoor versions of scat mats. As a cat has to stand there to poop, it'll convince it in pretty short order to find someplace else.
    Originally posted by Laconic
    I can't find these outdoor versions - can you post a link?

    In any case I can't see that this would be practical given that the location is a doormat - I'd probably just end up shocking myself or visitors to the house.
    • thriftyemma
    • By thriftyemma 25th Aug 16, 5:16 PM
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    I had a similar problem, but with my own cat on an indoor mat.

    I'd go with the suggestion of removing the outdoor mat, at least for a while. Hopefully you can break the habit of the offending cats, and then return it. But you could get a mat just inside your door for a few weeks.

    You also need to thoroughly clean the area. I know you said you have, but did you use bleach? Bleach, and "...with bleach" cleaning products will contain ammonia. This smells almost exactly like cat wee, and will actually encourage cats to go there. I suggest using something like "Wee Away", or similar pet odour and stain remover. It's not hugely expensive. But if you don't want to buy any, try something like washing up liquid to clean it.

    Once it's thoroughly clean, you can make the area smell very unattractive. Cats generally hate the smell of citrus. You can buy citronella sprays, or I used lemon essential oil (dirt cheap on amazon). As it's outside, you can apply pretty liberally, and keep applying every day as the smell with wear or wash off.

    My cat took about a week to lose interest in weeing on that spot. So I would keep applying the citrus smell for at least that long. One last thing, if your outside mat is a coir type mat (hairy bristles), they can often mimic an area where a cat would naturally go. I would swap to a rubber mat. Not so great at cleaning boots, but much less attractive to cats.
    • prowla
    • By prowla 25th Aug 16, 6:54 PM
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    I've often wondered about scattering drawing pins about.

    Another option would be to acquire a motion detecting dog barking machine!
    • Mupette
    • By Mupette 25th Aug 16, 10:54 PM
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    wash it down with bio soap powder to get rid of the amonena

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    • Prothet of Doom
    • By Prothet of Doom 26th Aug 16, 12:25 AM
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    Our cat often poohs on the back door matt, inside. The dog has attempted to roll in it once, and I have ruined 2 pairs of slippers, and also had slimmy pooh between my toes.

    She has also taken to poohing in the plant pots on the patio, in the middle of the grass.

    She is viscious and scares the dog and visitors.

    I fear the solution is to kill her. Or get a one way cat flap. Or move
    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 26th Aug 16, 11:22 PM
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    What about a door mat of this sort? It doesn't look comfortable for a cat and is washable.
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    • hubb
    • By hubb 7th Aug 18, 3:49 PM
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    I am having the exact same problem and if we take the matt away it poos on the flagstones. NOTHING works.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 7th Aug 18, 6:24 PM
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    We had a neighbour's car decide to relax on our front doorstep every day.

    Despite having three dogs entering and leaving the house it did not deter the cat.

    I had to chase her way to bring the dogs out or let them out of the car to go into the house. But she just came back.

    She lived 2 doors up , along with a dog, so was not scared of the dogs.

    Spikey rose prunings worked to deter her from using the front garden as a toilet.
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 7th Aug 18, 6:39 PM
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    Ultrasonic repeller?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Set-Activated-Waterproof-Repellent-Ultrasonic/dp/B01ID8T3IK/ref=pd_aw_sbs_86_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=D1E EGNN5MCJ590T2JJB0


    Jackson Galaxy on My Cat From Hell uses something similar. He also uses motion activated compressed air cans.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 7th Aug 18, 7:38 PM
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    Try sprinkling olbas oil on the mat. Most cats really hate the smell.
    • iamtati
    • By iamtati 24th Nov 18, 2:45 PM
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    Change the mat and put some vinegar on a new mat.
    • Claddagh_Noir
    • By Claddagh_Noir 24th Nov 18, 2:54 PM
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    Citrus should do the job hopefully.
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