A GARDENER plagued by cat droppings didn’t take the problem lion down.
The Kirklees woman turned to a novel approach to deal with the pesky pussies.
She has placed lion dung around her garden to scare off any visiting felines.
The unusual approach works by tricking domestic moggies into thinking that a rather larger member of the cat family has already marked out the garden as their territory.
Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing came up with the idea to help one of its tenants in the Spen Valley.
A spokeswoman said yesterday: “One of our tenants has been troubled by neighbours’ cats routinely using her garden as their toilet.
“There has been quite a lot of publicity about the effectiveness of lion excrement as a deterrent, so we thought we would try it to see if it works.
“It’s widely available at garden centres and online so, if it’s a roaring success, we’ll be able to recommend it to others who might be similarly affected.”
The tenant asked not to be named for fear of alerting her cat-owning neighbours to her unusual defence against their pets.
Examiner gardening expert Graham Porter said yesterday that lion dung was a good way of keeping out moggies.
“It’s known to work because cats are scared of cats,” he said.
“But I don’t know how long lion dung lasts. Is the aroma washed away when there’s a shower?”
Mr Porter added there was a better – but pricier – way of persuading cats to stay out of your garden.
The Netherton man said: “The only thing that really works is an ultra-sound system that sends out a signal which we can’t hear, but which scares cats away.
“The only problem is that it’s quite expensive.”
Mr Porter believes cats are a major source of tension between neighbours.
He said: “Most gardeners have a problem with cats coming into their garden, attacking the birds and scratching trees.
“Cats can sit on the fence but we can’t – we’re either pro-cat or anti-cat.”
Feline charity Cats Protection told the Examiner that lion dung was one of several humane methods it recommends to gardeners.
A spokesman said: “Sprinkling lion dung-infused pellets around beds and borders is one way of deterring cats from toileting.
“Alternatively gardeners could use chicken manure, taking care to use Soil Association-approved products instead of fresh manure.
“Gardeners can also try covering parts of the garden that they do not want the cat to toilet in with stone chippings, pebbles or small rocks, or cultivating shrubs closely to prevent cats from finding a place to dig.”
For more information visit www.cats.org.uk or call 03000 12 12 12.