Any cat owner knows that these animals are sometimes capable of causing damage in the house … Does your cat have an annoying tendency to squat your pillow, scratch your plants, or eat your houseplants?
Or, if you have a non-castrated male, he will surely mark his territory in places that are sometimes inaccessible and difficult to clean. Against these disadvantages often encountered, a repellent can be useful to put an end to bad habits of your cat. Here are some examples of effective natural cat repellents!
White vinegar, a champion for keeping cats away!
White vinegar, that magical product that is used for so many things around the house, is no slouch when it comes to repelling cats. If your cat has peed inside, it is recommended to wash the soiled place with white vinegar slightly diluted in water: this mixture is not only sanitizing, but will have the power to prevent the incident from happening again. in this location.
Indeed, the strong smell of vinegar displeases cats, unlike that of bleach which, although commonly used as a cleaning product, attracts them! If your cats regularly come to the wrong places to relieve themselves, fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar and spray a dose every day. The smell is also annoying for humans, but it is 100% effective. This is the best trick against repeat “pissing” cats, and is safe for pets.
Natural mustard or pepper repellents
Mustard is an excellent repellent against cats: just dilute a few spoons of it in water, and use this mixture in places where your tomcat is wreaking havoc, in your flower beds for example. You can use a spray to sprinkle the repellent all over the place and repeat the operation every two days or so.
Pepper also has good results in warding off cats: use freshly ground black pepper for maximum effectiveness, or failing that, a commercially purchased pepper grinder. Just sprinkle the places frequented by your cat, or those in the neighborhood, where their presence is not welcome! The only drawback: the smell of pepper does not last over time, it is necessary to sprinkle them regularly to keep them away permanently. You can also dilute two tablespoons of crushed fresh pepper in a cup of hot water, let stand then mix well before filtering everything. Spray the solution with a spray bottle.
Lemon and other citrus based repellents
Lemon and citrus fruits in general (orange, tangerine) are not appreciated by cats. If the essential oils of orange and lemon can be dangerous if misused, it is safe to use a homemade zest repellant. Bring lemon or orange zest to a boil in a liter of water, infuse for ten minutes then filter. Once cooled, spray the resulting mixture around the house. Repeat the operation as often as necessary – plus it smells good!
Essential oils, to be handled with care
You can use any citrus essential oil (orange peel, lemongrass, lemon, tangerine) to keep cats away. However, these should be used with caution because they can become toxic beyond a certain amount. They are to be used widely diluted in water, for example, 5 drops of essential oil of lemon zest in 500 ml of water. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils are also very effective as a natural repellant, but can be dangerous as well. Never spray directly on the cat or on your plants if they are eating them! To protect them, it is better to place a cotton ball soaked in a few drops of essential oil in your jars, this will be enough to keep your cat away without endangering him.
Coffee grounds, useful for protecting the garden
This trick is very easy to do, moreover, coffee grounds are an excellent fertilizer for the garden. Collect your coffee grounds in a container, then place the grounds in places where cats are wreaking havoc, for example around your flower beds or at the foot of the plants concerned. In the house, you can do the same by placing the coffee grounds directly in the flower pots. Repeat regularly to maintain the effectiveness of the device and remove the grounds if it starts to mold.
Onion and garlic, effective and easy to use
To protect your flowers, just rub the edge of the tubs with a fresh onion cut in half! The smell being strong, this trick is to be avoided inside the house but very useful on the balcony or in the garden. You can also push here and there cloves of garlic, cut in half to release the smell, into the soil of the plantations. Their scent is sure to scare away cats!
Anti-cat aromatic herbs
The rosemary , the lavender and lemon thyme are easy to cultivate aromatic and effective as anti-cat repellents. They can simply be grown in the garden alongside the plantings to be preserved. Alternatively, the dried rosemary and lavender can be used in a spray bottle, after steeping for several hours in 3 cups of hot water with a little cinnamon. Strain the mixture and add a little white vinegar. Shake everything well. Your homemade repellent is ready to use.