Homemade Cat Repellent
It doesn’t matter how much you love cats, there are always going to be certain places that you don’t want them to be. Since cats have very little respect for boundaries, it can be hard to stop them from doing exactly what they want. Fortunately, it’s possible to use natural remedies to deter them from visiting certain areas while keeping them safe. The following homemade cat repellents can help.
Try sprinkling some dried mustard, cayenne pepper, rosemary or coffee grounds to keep cats out of flower beds and other outdoor places. Cats tend to dislike certain smells more than others so you might need to experiment a little, or use a combination of different things.
Using an eye dropper, apply cinnamon, citronella, lemon, lemon grass, lavender, orange and rosemary essential oils to cotton balls. Tuck the moistened cotton balls into the corners of closets or rooms that you wish to keep your cat out of. You might also want to place them at the base of your potted plants.
Steep fresh or dried herbs such as lavender, rosemary or cayenne pepper in boiling water for five minutes. Strain the mixture and put the liquid into a clean spray bottle. Spray this infused water on baseboards, floors, furniture, counter tops or in closets or bedrooms where you don’t want your cat to go. The scent shouldn’t be detectable to humans, but will be very strong to your cat. You will need to spray these areas every week or two for this method to be effective.
To keep cats out of your garden areas, border them with citronella, rue, lavender, rosemary and garlic chives. These are attractive plants that will act as an invisible keep out sign to neighborhood cats.
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