How To: Make a Homemade Cat Repellent - Home Remedies for Repelling Cats

Make a Homemade Cat Repellent - Home Remedies for Repelling Cats

How to Make a Homemade Cat Repellent - Home Remedies for Repelling Cats

Are you searching for a homemade cat repellent solution? This article will cover natural indoor and outdoor deterrents for every scenario where cats are causing trouble. The first part will cover home remedies for training cats to stay away from furniture and other restricted areas inside your house. The second part will cover outdoor repellents for keeping cats away from your garden, plants and yard.

Step 1: Indoor Repellents for Training Cats

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and water at a 1:1 ration. The vinegar can also be substituted for an essential oil such as citronella, lavender, peppermint or lemongrass (1 part oil to 3 parts water). Either one will make a fantastic cat repellent spray. Just spray it where your cat likes to hang out. It will neutralize the area and your pet will become disinterested in returning. Always test homemade recipes like this on a piece of fabric to make sure it does not stain furniture.
  1. You can also use aluminum foil or sandpaper to protect furniture, carpets and counter tops. These items provide an unpleasant surface to walk on. Double sided tape also works great as a cat repellent. They have a hard time tolerating the feel of these surfaces on their paws. This is an easy way to train them to stay away from certain areas of your home.
  1. Finally, cats don't like to get wet. You can't always be on patrol but if you catch your pet in a restricted area, just spray them with a water bottle. This is the simplest home remedy of all. If you continue to repeat this process, it will deter them from returning to the area. This is not a sure-fire way to repel them but it will help aid the training process.

Step 2: Homemade Outdoor Cat Repellents

  1. Prevention is the best first step. Try to eliminate the factors that are attracting cats in the first place. Get rid of the bird feeder, put a lid on the sandbox and keep tight fitting lids on the garbage cans.
  1. Since cats have superior smelling abilities, they are extremely sensitive to scent based cat repellents. As I mentioned above, you can make a really simple homemade remedy out of essential oils. I recommend using peppermint oil for repelling cats outdoors. Just mix 3 parts water to 1 part oil into a spray bottle and apply to necessary areas. You will need to reapply the solution as it wears down from the outside conditions.
  1. Adding string to the top of your fence is also a great cat deterrent. This will make it very uncomfortable for them to cross or walk along. If you have a wire fence, applying oil to the top will provide deterrence as well.
  1. Another method that works extremely well is tying a disposable aluminum pan to a stake in your yard. As the wind blows, this homemade cat repellent will provide soft noises that will make the intruders very uncomfortable.
  1. Finally, this is not necessarily a homemade remedy but it is the most effective outdoor deterrent available. When all else fails, a motion activated sprinkler will get the job done. When an animal walks into the path, it sets off a startling alarm and sends a quick spray of water at the intruder. These have proven to be the best repellent for cats, deer, skunk, raccoon and other wildlife. Again, it is not homemade but it is a safe and natural solution.

Step 3: Give Yourself a Pat on the Back for a Job Well-Done!

Using a homemade cat repellent means you know exactly which ingredients you are spreading around your home. It is safer for you, kids, pets and the environment. It will also save you a great deal of money. If you have any natural cat repellent recipes that you have had success with, please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks and good luck!


Thank you for the great advice. I have also heard that cinnamon oil and lemongrass oil combined is a great way to keep cats from remarking. I have a 10 year old male cat, Biscuit, who s been neutered when he was a year old. He doesn't have any medical problems but likes to urinate on my bath rugs in front of the toilet. The vet seems to think it's his way of showing dominance even though he is neutered. I was reading the back of a bottle of marks no more @ Petsmart and the two main ingredients in the bottle is cinnamon oil and lemongrass oil. I plan to make a bottle myself and I will let you know how effective it is at deterring King Biscuit lol.

Peppermint oil is NOT safe for cats.

Essential oils is so new to the world that many vets don't realize (or haven't done the research) on what oils are safe or not safe for pets. Peppermint oil can cause pneumonia in cats and other issues with digestive system, neurological issues, and liver damage. Most essential oils are not safe for cats at all. There are so many more options that are safe for animals (see my link above). Please please don't put peppermint oil out to deter the cats.

From the ASPCA regarding peppermint oil and cats:

I think it's fine for you to want to deter the cats, but not at their health expense. Coffee grounds would do it! Or citrus peels!

i have heard of Cyan Pepper repelling cats is that one safe?

I have found cayenne pepper is really good but it's very hard to buy it in bulk now as you have to replace it after rain or wind, often. I used to buy it for my neighbours who had a vegie garden which my cats loved to dig in during the day. They HATED the cayenne pepper and after a number of bags to my neighbours it eventually worked. I now have the same problem where I am living. Have also been looking for other ways as there are many stray cats living a round the area. Outside of the house (front) it just stinks.

On repelling outdoor cats, could not read past #1....."Get rid of the bird feeder". I bought my home on over an acre 25 years ago because it is in a major bird migration flight area. Since then I have many new neighbors who own cats. Most are not neutered so many kittens have become feral and moved into barns and sheds. They and pet cats screech all night, have made my garden a toilet and have killed baby chickens and songbirds before I could run them off. I have tried to appeal kindly with the neighbors about this problem but each one answers with a variation of "that's how cats are". I would never harm an animal, wild or domestic, but why do cat owners, and you apparently, believe that I should give up something I love so that others can have cats?

Totally agree on the cat problem Donna. I have problems with the neighborhood cats. I don't live on a large acreage but I feed the birds and love watching them. When we bought our home we put up a privacy fence to keep our dogs enclosed as required. Our neighbors cats climb the fence to come after the birds and the rabbits that visit our back yard. While they hunt they also dig and urinate. When talking with one neighbor to try to get them to keep in their cat for a few days so the yellow finches babies on our front porch could get big enough to fly away we were told that is just a cats nature and he wouldn't keep it in for birds. Why we must control our dogs while cats roam free is maddening to me. I believe cat owners should be required to build outdoor enclosures on their property if they want to let them outside; not only for the neighbors rights but the safety of the cats. It has become in my nature to shoot a bb-gun at cats.

Would the movement sprinklers work? I don't think you should get rid of your bird house. As a bird and cat lover I know where the dilemma is... Where is your bird house? On a pole? in a tree? Maybe there's something we can put on or near it so the cats don't go there. What if you tried growing citronella plants or some kind of plant they hate around the perimeter of where you're trying to keep your chickens?

While I understand cats may be "maddening" to some, I am a cat lover & have 12 cats on 2 acres mainly due to rescue. Cats cannot be contained in a yard like dogs. Their nature is to roam & prowl. All of my cats have been fixed, have their shots, etc. They have cat doors in & out of the house. To try to build some sort of containment would be a major undertaking for any cat owner. In talking with my neighbors, I told them if they were being a bother, to spray them with a water hose. For many folks, their pets are loved like they were their own children. Where I live, it is against the law to shoot cats with anything, including a bb gun. You may want to check your local laws, and/or consider that bb guns can maim a cat in many ways, and/or check your own humanity and pursue other ways to deter them.

I'm not trying to be rude, BUT...PISS on the cats!! I have worked my tail off detailing my yard! Dug it up turned the soil so can plant new grass seed...And you seriously want me to think of the dang cat! Ummmm, total bullshit! I think not! If the cats want to pay for the cost of all I've done and put the I have, I MtIT think of

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