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Effective Cat Repellents

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Jun 10, 2019
Sometimes, it is imperative to deter cats from ruining your yard. Here are some useful homemade as well as commercial ways to keep cats away from your garden.
It may have so happened that you worked hard and created the perfect garden, only to have it ruined by some cat. All the effort that you took went to waste because of a feline.
It is at such times that it is necessary to deter these animals from ruining your garden by using some repellents. These are not meant to kill or harm the cats, but simply discourage them. These repellent options are listed here.

Indoor Repellents

Cats make great pets as they never bother you with an extra need for affection and love. They know how to keep themselves entertained and spend most of their time sleeping. However, scratching off your precious furniture and curtains is something you would not appreciate.
You may continue to scream and shoo the cat, but she will go on about her business as usual without a flicker of a whisker. If you want to save your house from being torn down to shreds, you need to use an indoor cat repellent.
There are many natural repellents that you can use safely in your house. It won't cause any health problem in either your family members or your cat. These are easy to make and safe to use.

Sticky Paws

Cats hate to get their paws sticky. If you want your cat to keep her paws, especially her claws, off your couch, the best way to do so is to use sticky tape. You need to place a cardboard covered with two-way sticky tape on the corners of the couch.
The next time your cat comes over to scratch the couch, she will get deterred by the sticky tape. Consistent use will fend off this habit and just the mere sight of the cardboard will keep the cat away.

Vinegar Spray

You need to mix one cup vinegar with a cup of liquid soap and one cup water. Fill the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it around the house. The soap water helps retain the vinegar smell that naturally repels felines. The smell continues to linger around for quite some while, keeping the cat off the areas you do not want it to visit.


Cats hate citrus fruits, especially their smell. You can cut slices of oranges, lemons, and even grapefruits, and place them around the furniture tops and table corners. Cats avoid coming anywhere near these places.

Essential Oil

You can use lemon grass, orange, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, citronella, and lemon-flavored oils to keep your cat away from places you do not want it to visit.
Just fill a spray bottle with one quart water and add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Mix the water and oil properly and then add 20 drops of any of the mentioned oils to the water. Mix thoroughly and spray the contents around the house. Make sure you keep shaking the bottle each time you spray as oil and water do not mix.

Outdoor Repellents

You may also need to keep cats away from your backyard and garden to protect your lawns and plants. Cats uproot plants while trying to dig and even use it as a litter box. There are many homemade outdoor repellents that are simple and easy to prepare. These also serve as good natural fertilizers for the plants.


If you have observed cat behavior carefully, you will find that they avoid water. They do not like to get their fur wet. You can use a water gun or sprinklers to sprinkle water on the intruder.
It is obvious one cannot be sitting in the backyard 24/7 with a water gun in hand. Thus, you can invest in commercial sprinklers that sense the presence of an unwanted visitor. The sprinklers send out a water blast, keeping the cat off your yard.

Predator Scent

There are commercial sprays and powders available, that bear the smell of a predator. Cats fear coyotes, foxes, and bobcats. When they smell the scent of either of these predators, they will keep away from your yard. And these commercial predator scents cause no harm to your plants, children, and other pets.


You can grow certain plants in your yard or garden. A natural cat repellent is Coleus canina, the plant commonly known as 'scaredy cat plant'. It is also effective against dogs.
Other plants that can be used include lavender, pennyroyal, rue, etc. You can even grow certain herbs around your yard fence like garlic, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, citronella, etc.


Cats have a strong sense of smell and you can use smells of different natural products. You can sprinkle dried rosemary, lemongrass oil, lavender oil, dried mustard, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, cayenne pepper around your yard and plant beds.
Just sprinkle the dried powder of rosemary, mustard, or cayenne pepper in your yard or dip cotton balls in the oil and place them around. This will help keep cats away from your yard or garden.


You can use dried blood or bloodmeal fertilizer to fertilize your plants. This will help provide nutrition as well as keep cats away from problem areas. You can even place used coffee grounds around the problem area to keep cats as well as slugs away from your plants.
There are also many commercial repellents available that are effective in keeping stray cats away. However, going the natural way is both safe and easy.