Top 10 Recipes to Deter Cats
Article by Bob
Would you like to deter cats from using your flower beds or garden areas as their personal litter box? Do the cats dig up your garden or flowers? Here are some things that you can do to discourage them.
You can love cats and enjoy having them around, but when they become destructive, or just a nuisance, and you end up spending most of your spare time trying to get the smell of cat spray off of your garage or shed, then it is time to deter these cats by nicely telling them to “Back Off”.
It is unfortunate that some people dislike animals to the point of wanting to, or actually causing harm to cats (or other animals). Cats do not intentionally harm things, it is just their nature to leave their scent and mark territory (usually the males). Dogs do the same thing by urinating on everything that they see. There are humane ways to deal with trespassing cats.
The following are some repellents that you can quickly whip up that will deter your furry visitors.
1. Mix vinegar, liquid hand soap and water in equal parts. This you can then distribute over whatever areas that you wish.
2.Rosemary is a natural cat deterrent, and you should not see cats near it. Plant this herb near where the cats are causing problems. You can also make a solution of rosemary extract and water that you can use as a spray.
3. Garlic, pepper, and lemon mixed with water is another deterrent. some people add hot pepper such as cayenne to the solution, but “Hot” solutions are not “Cat Friendly” and might cause cats harm. So use modestly. Make sure that the garlic is crushed well. It is best to let this remedy set for 24 hours so that the solution will strengthen. Strain off and use the remaining solution for the spray.
4. Another solution is to plant a Coleus. There is one type that is called “Scaredy Cat (coleus canina)” This will grow almost anywhere, and if crushed will give off an unusually disgusting odor. Cats usually stay away.
5. You could also try mixing together 15 drops of lemon oil, 2-3 drops capsicum (liquid cayenne pepper), 15 drops of eucalyptus oil and 3/4 quart of water. Mix well. Spray this on furniture, carpeting, upholstery and plants. Be careful about using too much cayenne. Also, if you use this inside, beware of getting ANY of this solution anywhere near your cat’s litter box. That is, unless you really want to start scooping your couch.
6. Lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and rosemary extract mixed with a bit of water is another excellent cat deterrent.
7. The juice from a green orange and strong coffee will also work to deter cats, as the citrus is stronger and not as sweet.
8. Chop or grind up citrus rinds, and use coffee grounds in the soil of your beds to discourage your feline neighbors.
9. Grow herbs. Put in citronella, rue, lavender, rosemary or garlic and chives. These are attractive, and are natural cat repellents.
10. Onions by themselves will repel feline trespassers. You can use the juice as a mix alone, or as a spray. You can also add some crushed garlic to the solution. As a spray on plants, it also will provide some natural protection against predatory insects.
Remember, making a natural cat repellent relies on a cat’s keen sense of smell. If you find that one is not working, try one of the others. Even cats are individuals with different likes and dislikes.