Bamboo skewers, three bucks for a hundred.
No cats get speared because when a cat is looking for a congenial place to poop they sniff around instead of leaping in eyes shut.
They come sniffing around and if you’ve placed your skewers well, they realize it’s too much bother and go somewhere else.
It’s great for planters like this, but if you have a larger garden I’m afraid you’re going to have to invest in a fence if you have the same infestation of pooping cats.
…it won’t be next to a tree. And it’ll be in a 30 gallon pot, not a 3 gallon pot.
I planted the thing on a whim because it sprouted in the vegetable basket after I bought it at the store & forgot to eat it for a week or so. When it reached for the tree I decided to look up its growing habits online.
It will probably grow few or no chayote in this little pot. We probably won’t find out until Septemberish when/if it flowers.
That’s how garden adventures go.