Introduction: Friendly (but Effective) Cat Repellent

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Learn to make friendly (but Effective) cat repellent with ingredients you have at home.

This spray is safe to use on your furniture and all other indoor and outdoor items and plants. This spray is great for training your cat or repelling the neighborhood cats.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

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You will need rosemary (fresh or dried), lemon juice, and white vinegar .

Step 2: Add Rosemary

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Add rosemary into sprayer container

Step 3: Add Lemon Juice

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Add lemon juice into sprayer container.

Step 4: Add White Vinegar

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Add white vinegar into sprayer container.

Step 5: Add Spray Top and Shake!

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Add spray top and shake! Cats hate rosemary, vinegar, and lemon. They will run away!!


ShaunP2 (author)2015-07-17

Other ingredients you can add are lavender, and lemongrass (one of the plants they make citronella from), or anything with a citrus sent I.e. Orange peel.

Btw, lemongrass is a common outdoor plant which you can grow yourself, and its roots are edible.

JenS43 (author)ShaunP22016-05-19

If you mean essentail oils, those are dangerous to cats.

Jsoa (author)2017-10-15

Can i use this one for raccoons ?

Now i use LIGHT IT by Fulcrum 20034-104 Motion Sensor Porch Light, from here -

but want something to make by self.

KristaH11 (author)2017-02-16

is it safe to spray on indoor plants

AreEmBe (author)KristaH112017-06-27

No. Vinegar is a great non-toxic weed killer for your yard, between cracks in concrete, etc. Do not spray it on your indoor plants. If your cats are getting into your indoor plants, lightly crunch up some tin foil and place it on top of the soil, covering the soil from the stalk of the plant to the edge of the plant container. Cats HATE foil! And it lasts a very long time, no offgassing or toxins in your air.

bxgirlinseattle (author)2017-06-27

Vinegar kills plants.

mary.beheler (author)2016-06-28

I use raised beds for gardening, and when I filled one with fresh potting soil, some critter got into it and dug up everything, plus emptying some smaller containers, three nights in a row. I'm not entirely sure what critter, cat or raccoon, was doing it but I solved the problem with forks. I bought a box of 100 "everyday" plastic forks and planted them tines up in the dirt. What ever was digging dug just a tiny bit of dirt out of one container, the stopped, and I had no more damage when I added even more new raised beds and containers. So, I consider forks an effective "organic" cat deterrent.

PattyT31 (author)mary.beheler2017-06-07

THANK YOU!!!! I saw your comment and tried it last night and the cats have stayed out of my vegetable containers. I will use this tip every year for my garden now. THANK YOU!!!

CnithC (author)mary.beheler2016-11-26

Are you not worried about the plastic leeching baddies into your soil? Maybe try the potato starch forks?

MargaretW (author)2017-02-19

What are the measurements for the ingredients, or is it just guesstimate how much to put in?

tdolly (author)2017-01-28

How do you keep the rosemary from clogging the sprayer?

JohnB1041 (author)2017-01-12

Completely useless. Sprayed it everywhere. Next day fresh cat poos everywhere. Does not perturb them at all.

Iamgoingtobe (author)2016-12-26

What are the ratios or measurements?

theempress21 (author)2016-12-05

What are the measurements/ratios you used?

kiwipommiegirl. (author)2016-11-16

I must have a go with this one,have tried so many remedies without any success so far! Thanks :-)

Henkfish (author)2016-09-26

I made up the mix as instructed, put it in my spray bottle, and promptly plugged it up...solid. The mix is now steeping, after heating it up in the microwave. I will then FILTER IT, and then put it in the spray bottle. More later when it does it's thing

FiresandAAD (author)2016-06-05

Does it affect dogs?

ElaineR25 (author)2016-05-31

How come I don't see the quantities required for the citrus spray??

lillybee (author)2016-05-27

Can i use malt vinegar, as i have this in the house already?

markisinlovehodgson (author)2015-05-14

I put cat repellent Down on my garden but the cat still dumps where it is lol

You can use coffee grounds for your garden. They not only repel cats, but have various benefits. I personally have a dog at home and I use coffee grounds in my pots and garden. Here's a useful article if you want to read more about it:

thanks grace will try that i did put netting up but still they get through someone also said bottled warter works

I used the above method & bottled water also but it doesn't work.

:/ Hmm, try pouring a barrier of the repellent around the garden instead of spraying it. I hope it helps!!

CariE2 (author)2016-04-30

I want to try this on my neighbor's cat who keeps eating my birds and bunnies. I have a lot of feeders and this cat is driving me nuts. Will this harm the squirrels and bunnies that come into my yard? I don't want to get rid of them.

WendyK16 (author)2016-02-25

So just guesstimate ratios? Could I spray on curtains too? Thanks

KaylaG14 (author)2015-11-26

Will it keep them out of the christmas tree?

heneryj (author)2015-05-12

Did u test it out yet?

AwesomeA (author)heneryj2015-05-12

I use this to keep neighborhood cats off my patio. It worked for 6 months for me!!!!

Aphsa paolah (author)AwesomeA2015-08-30

I want him out of my garden, I saw it peeing in one spot. How I should use this repellent?

Should I use it in that spot or the whole garden?

TerriD2 (author)2015-06-10

How much of each do you use?

AwesomeA (author)TerriD22015-07-06

I use about 3 parts vinegar, 1 part lemon juice, and 1 part rosemary. exact measurements aren't too important...

ashleyjlong (author)2015-05-12

Is it something about the combination of those smells that retreat? We have a big rosemary shrub outside our window and the cat that comes to visit our cat doesn't seem to mind sitting next to it.

AwesomeA (author)ashleyjlong2015-05-12

Are you sure it is rosemary? I only ask because fresh growing rosemary is the BEST cat repellent of all time! :/

ashleyjlong (author)AwesomeA2015-05-12

Oh, it definitely is! I use it in cooking all the time. Maybe that cat has a poor sense of smell or something. I'll have to offer a sprig to my cat and see what the reaction is.

AwesomeA (author)ashleyjlong2015-05-13

That is crazy! Then again, there are the few rare cats that don't like catnip or valerian (a plant most cats like more than catnip).

heneryj (author)2015-05-12

My cat sprays the bathroom carpet????????

AwesomeA (author)heneryj2015-05-12

I would use this on your carpets and anywhere you don't want naughty behavior!

aartcritique (author)2015-05-12

Hmm, I bet this could work as a scratching repellent. Also, if you don't have lemonade, you can use orange juice. If you want, you could even put orange or lemon peel in the mix to make it even more effective. Great job!

AwesomeA (author)aartcritique2015-05-12

Very true, cat's don't like any citrus smells, so oranges, limes, or even grapefruit juice or peels would work great too. Thank you for looking!!

alloydog (author)2015-05-12

Nice one, I should give that try. But rather than spray it, I might soak a piece of cloth in it: We have a new kitten (Well, we've had him five months, he's about seven months old and he's huge!) and he gets up on the table and cupboard tops where there are ornaments and photos.

Years ago, a friend of mine had a problem with neighbourhood cats peeing and pooing in his garden. His solution was to pee into a squirty bottle and add tabasco sauce. It worked. We used to wonder what went through the cat's mind when it sniffed the stuff: "Hmmm, pee, what animal?" *sniff* *sniff* "Holy sh!t! I'm outta here!"

Unlike your version, I doubt you could have used it on the furniture, let alone indoors.

AwesomeA (author)alloydog2015-05-12

That's a great idea- using a soaked cloth! Thanks for looking!

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