Cats are cute to keep around as a pet but they naturally have urges. If not properly trained, cats can make a mess out of everything.
Of course, you don’t want outdoor cats to cause havoc in your space either.
That’s where you should incorporate effective natural cat repellents. Opting for enthusiastic homemade recipes simply repels the animal.
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Specific Safety Measures
Using just any recipe isn’t exactly a smart move for a conscious person. You ought to know the relevant factors in checking for cat deterrents.
- Several spray recipes can harm garden plants. Be careful using any of the problematic solutions.
- Mothballs are somewhat lethal for sick/ill cats. You better save the cruel idea of killing the cats.
- Always check for regular kitchen items to crate repellents. It literally possesses no lethal threat.
- Concentrated essential may cause physical harm. Always try to use a diluted solution sparingly.
Let's learn about effective all-natural homemade cat repellent recipes.
1. Using Orange or Citrus Juice to Deter Cats
Oranges have a distinctive smell to deter wild cats right away. Even orange peels can suffice the method of action. A combination of lemon, tangerine & lime peels should work excellent.
Lemon Orange with Dish Soap Spray
- 1 Cup Orange Peel
- 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
- Lemon-Scented Dish Soap
- 2 Cup Tap Water
Boil the water first to add orange peels after slight cooling down. Allow the mix to sim for about 20 minutes. Remove the bowl from heat to leave the solution for about half-hour.
Fill a spray can with the normal temp-reached solution. Adding a bit of dish soap with lemon juice will empower the deterrent. Its intensified smell requires spraying along the possible entrances.
a simple orange/citrus juice with water works well You can also consider lemon juice, cranberry juice & orange juice with rosemary. Mixing with the water in fixed proportions pushes the effectiveness further.
2. Powerful Repellent Recipe for Everyday Items
A natural cat repellent should feature a distinctive, detectable smell. Using lemon instead of lime seems a great option to enjoy pleasing scents. Adding an equal portion of black pepper or cayenne pepper should induce further repelling action.
Garlic, Lemon, Pepper-Based Repellent Spray
- 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Tsp Dried Mustard
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Crushed Garlic Clove
- 3 – 4 Drops Lemon
- Household Tap Water
Combine cayenne pepper, cinnamon & dry mustard in a 2oz spray bottle. Now blend the garlic clove to add the lemon drops in the bowl. Gently whisk everything to craft a uniformly proportioned solution.
Fill the remaining can space with water to shake vigorously for dilution. Likewise, always shake the mix before using the spray solution. And you may consider onions to replace garlic for a slight modification.
3. Using Powerful Vinegar to Keep Cats Away
Natural deterring power of vinegar makes it one preferable choice for many. And the recipe is extremely simple to require next-to-nothing at home. Its notably strong scent actually disgusts the intruding cats right away.
Vinegar Soap Cat Repellent
- White Vinegar
- Clean Water
- 1 Quart Dish Soap
Mix the white vinegar with water in equal parts in a bowl. Simply fill a spray bottle, container, can with the prepped mix. Swish the bottle gently to combine the ingredients well for inside
Now add the dish soap directly into the spray solution. Seal the container opening to shake vigorously for a uniform blend. Of course, you’re to shake the solution well on every application.
No need to worry about white vinegar in your kitchen. Even apple cider vinegar should do fine to suffice the method. But its dilution with water doesn’t require any liquid dish soap.
4. Using plants to Repel Cats Naturally
You should start growing plants to contain naturally deterring cat smells. Coleus Canina, rue, lavender, chives remain some of the popular choices.
Planting effectively repelling Rosemary is another excellent option. Of course, you’re to cover your open space using the plants alongside the border.
You can even extract rosemary or lavender scents for different homemade projects. Extracting essence to mix with water delivers spray solutions.
Adding further items will induce further power to the solutions. You should consider using white or apple cider vinegar alongside liquid detergent.
5. Changing Ground Conditions to Prevent Cats from Coming
Growing mulch, gravel, or pine cones in the garden does the trick. Cats generally don't like to walk on the plants due to textures.
Meanwhile, you can keep coffee grounds blended with citrus peels. The mix eventually becomes a cat repelling combo by itself.
However, always use citrus rinds with coffee grounds. Take time to blend the ingredients well to pour the mix into a spray bottle.
6. Using Motion Activated Sprinkler to Wet the Cats
Despite being costly, you can install a sprinkler system in your yard. It’s particularly effective in covering large open spaces or too many cats to deter.
Also, another straightforward way concerns hosing the cats upon seeing. Cat's don't like to get wet & wetting the animals should keep deterring.
7. Making Powerful Repellent Spray from Essential Oils
Essential oils have lots of applications when it comes to indoor projects. Likewise, it can provide powerful all-natural cat repellent for use. You need to consider lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, citronella oil with/without apple cider vinegar.
Essential Oil Repellent Spray
- 1 Part Essential Oil
- 3 Parts Tap Water
Prepare a solution in the defined proportion with water using one essential oil. Blend the ingredients well to contain the mix in spray bottles.
Spray the possible entrances of the bugging cat or directly on the cats. Not to mention, you can check for variations by yourself by combining two.
Adding eucalyptus & lemon to the mix should provide a better result. Likewise, involving liquid dish soap should notably intensify the solutions.
8. Making the Surfaces Difficult for Cats
Protect your expensive furniture, carpets, countertops by using aluminum foil or sandpaper. The foil’s unpleasant walking surface annoy, repel, deter the cats.
Of course, you can take a double-sided tape into account for aluminum’s replacement. Its sticky surface should keep the cats away from entering your property.
9. Using Electronic Devices to Deter Cats
It’s not exactly a preferable or humane way to deter cats. Still, you can invest in electric mats to induce mild shocks.
The trick is particularly useful for stubborn wild cats in your arena. Keep the shock level low to frighten the animals.
10. Naturally Effective Cat Repelling Combination
Different natural items come with effective repelling specs to help you out. But cinnamon, rosemary & vinegar always remain on top for versatility. Combining the ingredients for a spray should suffice your action against cats.
Cinnamon Rosemary Vinegar Cat Repellent
- 2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tsp Dried Rosemary
- ½ Cup Vinegar
- ½L Clean Water
Boil the water to directly add the cinnamon and rosemary. Blend to mix everything well to leave the combo overnight.
Mix the vinegar; you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray can shake well for use.
11. Using Mint Extract to Repels Cat
It’s another simple yet considerably effective mix to deter cats. And the method requires no expertise or special items to accomplish the objective.
Mint Extract Repellent
- ¼ Tsp Mint Extract
- Household Water
Simply mix the mint extract in a bowl with water. Pour the prepped solution into a spray bottle for application. However, you can replace mint extract with a diluted mouthwash like Listerine.
12. Using Alcohol to Make a Powerful Cat Repellent
You may possess rubbing alcohol to suffice different DIY projects at home. It’s time to try the universal cleaning product to wipe clean the intrusion.
Alcohol – Oil Cat Repellent
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Distilled Water
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Add ten drops of essential oil directly into the alcohol-water solution. Shake well to create uniformity before putting the mix into use.
Expert Tips to Keep the Recipes Effective
There are still some special tips from experts to keep the cats away. Following the suggestion should ease eventual lurking.
- Eliminate all the cat-attracting factors like bird feeders. Tightly seal the garbage cans; change the ground conditions of the backyard.
- Place string or wires along the top of your boundary wood/fence. Another effective method concerns oil pouring to the wired fences.
- Tie an aluminum pan in your yard to make soft noises in the wind. Cats should feel uncomfortable right there to skip intruding.
- Spray deterring solutions to include vinegar, essential oils & dish soap. The repelling power can intensify any usable recipes.
- Wetting or spraying water on the cats is also very effective. Installing a motion-activated sprinkler with/without does the trick.
- Extremely deterring essential oils work better in glass bottles. Preparing a spray container should induce max repelling power.
- Heavy or even moderate rain can wash the repellent aroma/fragrance. You better keep spraying the places at regular intervals.
Using any of the discussed methods should relief you from wild cats to bug. Check for your resources first to narrow down the possibilities. However, always start with a mild-level action to prevent any lethal issues.
I used peppermint oil and my cat loved it, rolled around on rug to get all the scent on her!!!