Cats are much-loved pets but can use gardens as toilets and predate on wildlife.

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Quick facts

Common name: Cats
Scientific name: Felis catus
Plants affected: Flower beds and vegetable gardens
Main symptoms: Excrement left on the soil surface or partly buried, often with a pungent smell
Most active: All year round

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