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

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

Step 2: Add Rosemary

Add rosemary into sprayer container

Step 3: Add Lemon Juice

Add lemon juice into sprayer container.

Step 4: Add White Vinegar

Add white vinegar into sprayer container.

Step 5: Add Spray Top and Shake!

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

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ShaunP2

3 years ago

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.

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JenS43ShaunP2

Reply 2 years ago

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

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RichardS491

Question 7 months ago on Introduction

Can spray be used on mattresses? If yes ,will it linger?

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SHOE0007

7 months ago

Yes, this would work. I am working on Menthol 0.5g, Bitterex 0.5 g (denatonium benzoate) and Cinnamon with decaf coffee in tap water work very effectively as a Repellent for Cats and other mammals like Squirrels too. Here some of the sprays I made through Reflux as well as a test on daffodils which Squirrels eat (Strangely).

Lemon or Lime Oil for food use in small amounts could also be added. This may become an Instructable in the future too.

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DaveP153

11 months ago

How much of each ingredient do you use?!

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tpenn

Reply 1 year ago

Nice way to link to a guide/site that requires payment. Someone remove this spam

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Lisa Hudson

Reply 1 year ago

That was very Helpful. Thank you.

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AreEmBeKristaH11

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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mary.beheler

2 years ago

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.

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PattyT31mary.beheler

Reply 1 year ago

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!!!

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CnithCmary.beheler

Reply 2 years ago

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

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MargaretW

1 year ago

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

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tdolly

1 year ago

How do you keep the rosemary from clogging the sprayer?

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JohnB1041

1 year ago

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

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Iamgoingtobe

1 year ago

What are the ratios or measurements?

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theempress21

2 years ago

What are the measurements/ratios you used?