Cats are generally quite private about their toilet habits and will clean up after themselves by burying it afterwards. Stop this from happening in your vegetable plots or borders by finding a designated toilet spot and training your kitten to use it by placing a litter tray there when you first begin letting them outdoors.
To stop your cat rolling in your borders, use stone chippings or a moisture retaining mulch material such as manure because cats don’t like damp soil. Alternatively, use plenty of ground cover plants to cover soil.
Plant cat-happy plants such as catnip, or lavender. Cats enjoy these scents and it could help stop your cat from straying too far away from your garden and too near roads or other dangerous areas.
Create a play space with some old fencing or an unwanted log for a scratch post. Make sure there are plenty of shaded areas in your garden where your cat can also shelter from the elements.
Protect wildlife such as birds from your cat by keeping them indoors at dawn and dusk. Don’t place bird boxes and feeders low down on tree trunks where your cat can easily get to. Also, if you have a fishpond you may want to cover it with netting.
Cats are territorial and conflicts with neighbouring cats might be a source of anxiety for your cat and stop them from going outside altogether.
If this is the case, try to deter other cats from entering your garden by adding plastic mesh to the tops of your fences. Male cats are more dominant and less likely to be threatened by other cats so consider this when buying or adopting your cat.