Even when you find one that does work, you should still consider trying another recipe after a week or so to ensure the cats don’t get used to the odour and start ignoring it. Before using any type of natural cat repellent you should first clean the area of any cat litter or spray. The average cat has 40 times more odour cells than us and they find many essential oils unpleasant. These include lavender, peppermint and orange. Mix 1 part of any of the above oils to 3 parts water in a spray bottle and give it a good shake.
For problem spots you can try soaking cotton wool balls in one of the oils and putting them in and around the area. Next morning you will need to strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and then add half a cup of vinegar and a dozen drops of Tangerine essential oil. Place your cat repellent in a spray bottle and give it a good shake before use. Squeeze a lemon into a litre of water, add 2 dozen drops of eucalyptus oil and give it a good shake. Eucalyptus acts as a repellent to several animals including cats and they are supposed to find citrus off putting. Certain dried herbs you can buy in the big supermarkets can also be effective as cat repellents. Sprinkle dried Rosemary or Lavender around your bedding plants or other problem areas for a quick and easy way to put the cats off using the area as its litter tray.
Citronella oil is the home made cat repellent I had most success with. Although best known as a mosquito repellent cats find the Citronella odour very distasteful. Mix 1 part Citronella oil to 4 parts water and spray liberally in the trouble spot. Although I have tried to use only natural ingredients you should still try to avoid spraying directly onto your plants. I have come across several recipes that included boiling Cayenne or black pepper with other ingredients. Pepper can cause injury to a cat or other animals eyes and I would not recommend it. Similarly, you will come across plenty of people advising the placement of moth balls in your garden to keep cats away.
Brian told us how he uses Listerine mouth wash where a cat leaves its mark as it eliminates the smell and puts the cat off when he returns. I use it undiluted on the spot where the neighbour’s cat made his mark. It really eliminate the smell, never use vinegar or ammonia on a cats urine, it just make the smell worse. Joseph from America had great success with his own concoction which he was good enough to share. The pharmacy there gave me a free syringe to use to extract the oil from the bottle. It is the plunger type that measures in ml and tsp. I took 1 whole lemon and ran it through a juicer but a food processor works just as good.
I then strained the mixture through cheesecloth and poured it into a 16-ounce spray bottle. 2 tsp of oil from the bottle and put it into the spray bottle. I filled up the rest of the spray bottle with water from the tap. I shook the bottle vigorously before spraying in the areas where the neighbours cats were continually spraying and defecating on my property. Thankfully, the mixture worked wonderfully. I respray every Saturday morning, and it has been working faithfully for more than three months now.
Debbie from here in the UK is finding Citronella seems to work best against her neighbourhood cats. I have been using Citronella oil mixed with water and it is very successful so far. The cheapest way to do it is to buy the essential oil. There are gel’s on the market specifically for dog and cat repellent however it ends up being pricey as it doesn’t last long. Citronella needs topping up every couple of days. I have been told to put lemon slices around the plants too as it will deter fouling. I will add them to the above list.
Also, you can read my reviews of some of the better known commercial cat deterrent options available by clicking below. I was wondering if any of these was safe for home use without causing any harm to cats? One of my cats has a carpet pulling problem and I’ve tried pretty much everything I could to try to tackle it even store bought sprays and nothing. I’m willing to try one of the recipes you have but I just want to make sure it’s ok to use indoors. I’ve never tried any of the above indoors but if I was to I think I would go with the lavender as I find it a pleasant smell while many cats don’t. I thought it was interesting that cats, in general do not like lavendar. My cat enjoys it and comes up on my lap while I am filling lavendar eye pillows. Seems to calm her down. I have cats destroy my veggy garden many times over the years and will no longer tolerate it. I understand your frustration Stoshy. However, mothballs are poison to YOU and your FAMILY. They will get in the soil and end up in your plants you EAT, thereby giving you POISON. So, please, for your sake, use something else. People like you are the reason why everyone should just keep their cats indoors.