Are you also having problems with the neighbor’s cat? A cat that roams the house and defecates all over the garden and flower beds is no fun.
Fortunately, there are a few useful tips and natural repellents that can be used to repel critters. CuriosityInsight, therefore, presents the best natural cat repellents!
1. Natural cat repellents
Pepper as a repellent:
Black pepper can be useful for repelling cats around your home. It is the irritant effect and the smell of pepper that works well against cats.
Here’s how to make this natural repellant:
- Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper in various places around the house and on the terrace.
- Repeat as needed a few times a week to keep cats away from your land and garden successfully.
This trick works every time to chase away cats and other small animals that lurk too close to your home.
To make this repellent even more useful, replace black pepper with cayenne pepper—a quick and effective result against invading cats.
Mustard as a repellent:
If you don’t have pepper at home, you can also make a cat repellant with mustard. I suggest below some elementary steps to prepare this anti-cat cleaning:
- Mix equal amounts of mustard and cold water.
- Spray this mixture (in reasonable quantity) in the places where cats walk outside the house.
- Repeat this trick every 2 or 3 days to be successful in keeping cats away from the neighborhood effectively.
To improve the effectiveness of this anti-cat repellent, add a little cayenne or black pepper to the mixture of water and mustard.
Lemon as a repellent:
Cats do not like lemon, orange, and other moldy citrus at all because of the strong odor they give off. So if you want to try another 100% natural repellant, lemon is an excellent alternative to pepper and mustard.
Simple, quick, and efficient to make, just cut lemon, lime, and orange slices and arrange them where cats like to roam in your garden.
You can also just run over citrus fruit in the path of cats. The smell of lemons and limes will be enough to keep cats away from the garden and the house. On the other hand, you will have to repeat this trick regularly for it to be effective.
Even faster as a way to do it, you can also drop lemons in a few strategic places and crush them with your shoes. As with the slices, you have to repeat it often for it to be effective.
Further down on this page, you will also find a recipe based on lemon, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oil, which is even more effective as a natural repellant.
Coffee grounds as a repellant:
If you like our tips and tricks, you probably know that coffee grounds are effective in repelling insects and other pests. But did you know that this ingredient can also be used to keep cats away from your garden?
Easy, so here’s how to use coffee grounds in the garden:
- Collect the coffee grounds for a few days and place them in the refrigerator to keep them.
- Once you have enough collect scatter, it around the house and in the garden.
- Add more coffee grounds, especially after a rainy day, to help keep cats in the neighborhood away.
Onion as a repellent:
Let’s continue with the essential tips, but this time with the onion (and garlic). Indeed, the irritating and robust smell of onion and garlic is an excellent solution to deter a cat from scratching the soil of your plants and flowers.
Cut or better still crush ripe onions and rub the windowsills as well as the pots and flower boxes with the onion. This repellent can be used both indoors and outdoors.
2. Make a cat repellant at home
A bottle of water to repel cats:
Interested in a free and easy-to-do cat repellant? Several people have tried the plastic bottle trick with water, and for real, it seems to work well against cats.
In some towns and villages, this trick is trendy. We can notice several houses with bottled water on the balconies and in the gardens. We don’t know how this water bottle works as a repellant… But it works, so why not give it a try!
- Take several plastic bottles and fill them about 3/4 full of water.
- Place the bottles where the cats hang out to keep them away quickly.
- For more efficiency, use water bottles of different sizes and place them both vertically and horizontally.
You can also use the trick of the water bottle inside the house to prevent the animal from going into a specific room.
The best cat repellant recipe:
How to create a natural cat repellant? If you like natural tips and other grandma’s recipes, then we have one more for you.
The ingredients needed to make this cat repellent:
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of strong mustard
- 2 cups of water
Mix all the ingredients well in a bottle and spray on favorite places where neighbors’ cats hang out and wander.
It is necessary to spray this repellant regularly for it to be effective in repelling cats away from the house and garden.
3. A thorny cat repellent for garden and flower bed
If you are tired of seeing cats storm your vegetable garden or even your flower beds, we may have the solution for you. Why not make the outlines of your plants, flowers, and vegetables very thorny and very uncomfortable for the animal’s paws?
A bit like the anti-cat spikes that we suggest below, the small thorny branches can be useful in keeping them away from the garden. You can use the branches of a rosebush, a hedge, or a raspberry plant for this 100% natural repellent.
Be careful not to walk barefoot on these small branches of thorns arranged on the ground of your vegetable garden and flower bed.
4. Anti cat spike to repel bugs
Have you ever seen woodpeckers on window sills? These are anti pigeon picks, but did you know that there is also a cat pick model?
This type of woodpecker is useful for repelling and preventing cats from getting too close to your plants, your vegetable patch, or even your flower beds.
5. Keep cats away with essential oils
Which essential oil repels cats? To continue in this direction, how about concocting a grandmother’s recipe as a cat repellent? You only need essential oils and water to prepare this 100% natural repellant!
For this repellent you need:
- 2 cups of water
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the 4 ingredients well and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Then spray the places cats like to walk, whether along with the house, on the patio, or even in the garden.
But be careful not to hurt them. The essential oil should only be used to scare cats away, period.
Other essential oils effective against cats:
Other essential oils can be used to keep cats away. You can, therefore, concoct another spray-repellent by mixing the following essential oils in equal parts:
- Lavender essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Witch hazel essential oil
6. Anti cat plants for outdoors
Which plant to scare away cats? Did you know that individual plants, flowers, and herbs can be useful to repel stray cats from the garden and your patio?
Some of its flowers and plants are effective against cats thanks to their unpleasant odor or their pungent foliage and stems. So what are these repellent plants?
Here are some anti-cat plants and flowers to grow:
- Lemon balm
- The immortal of Italy
- The burning bush
7. Attract cats rather than repel them
You now know the smells cats hate but soon discover the fragrances cats love! Cats are very fond of certain scents, so why not use those to attract them to wherever you want.
Indeed, scaring cats away is not always as easy as you would like to believe, so attracting them away from the garden thanks to individual plants and scents is an excellent tip.
It is not all these smells, but cats particularly like vegetable smells and even certain mineral smells.
So here are some smells that cats like a lot and that you could place at the back of your yard to keep prowling cats away:
- Olive Tree
So if you want to keep cats away from the garden and your flower beds, it is better to plant these plants a little further from the house to keep them apart.
8. Cat repellent for cars
How can cats run away from cars? Do you happen to see one or more cats prowling near your vehicle? Or worse, do you occasionally see a cat climb on the hood of your car?
Ultrasonic repellent: The first solution to repelling cats and rodents away from the car is to use an ultrasonic repellent. As indicated earlier in this article, patience must be exercised before this device is capable.
Light with motion detector: If cats come near the car at night, installing a motion detector light will be enough to frighten them and therefore keep them away.
Natural Spray Repellent: Finally, you can use our natural mustard or pepper based repellent to keep cats from sneaking around the car. Spray the solution around the car every day.
You can also use the essential oil spray trick around and under the car to keep cats away.
9. How to keep your cat away from the Christmas tree?
If you have a cat at home, he might find the Christmas tree very attractive! The first solution is to prefer an artificial tree to a natural tree. The artificial tree is much less beautiful and exciting for your cat and your dog.
If the choice of an artificial tree does not interest you and you want a natural tree for Christmas, you have to take some precautions. So here are a few things you can do to keep your pet away:
- Avoid fairy lights and other sparkling garlands.
- Arrange the most fragile decorations at the top of the tree.
- Secure the Christmas tree as firmly as possible to prevent it from falling.
- Install the tree in a room with a closing door. (close the door at night and during the day when you are at work).
- Cover the base of the tree (the trunk) with aluminum foil to repel the cat.
- Spray the Christmas tree with a mixture of water and lemon or lemongrass essential oil
10. Repellents and anti-urine marking products
white vinegar is a superb cleanser and natural repellent:
White vinegar is an excellent repellent but also a great natural cleanser to get rid of a stain and smell of cat pee in the house.
Simple, here’s how to use this white vinegar:
- Soak the urine stain with white vinegar (in the right quantity).
- Leave the vinegar to act for a few minutes and rub vigorously to clean the cat pee thoroughly.
This trick with white vinegar is useful and quick to dissuade your pet from always urinating in this place.
Avoiding and deterring a cat with the baking soda:
Does your cat pee all over the house, everywhere except in its litter box? The carpet in the hall, the sofa in the living room, the area rug, all places and things that your pet can unfortunately really like.
So once you’ve cleaned your pet’s urine well, here’s what can be done with the baking soda:
- Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 liter of water.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the water, mixing well
- Spray this solution on places where the cat usually pees.
Do not use bleach as an anti-urine marking agent:
There are many websites and people who believe that bleach is effective at cleaning cats’ pee and deterring their pets from doing it again. But beware, this doesn’t seem right. Cats even like the smell of bleach very much.
Indeed, the bleach will attract cats and not drive them away. The reason is simple; bleach has almost the same smell as cat urine. So if you are looking for a way to remove a cat pee stain, it is better to use white vinegar and not bleach.
So NEVER use bleach for cleaning cat pee at home. Cats love the smell and may even drink it and get very sick.
It is best to use the white vinegar trick as a natural anti-marking product.
Mothballs as an anti-cat:
Do you know mothballs? Also known as mothballs, this product can also be useful as an exterior and interior repellant.
Since cats and other animals and pests do not like this smell of mothballs, you can place it in different places:
- Behind the living room sofa.
- Around the shrubs and in the flower bed.
- Near your vegetable garden.
- On the terrace and under the balcony.
- On windowsills, etc.
Mothballs help repels unwanted small animals and insects away from home.
11. Products to never use to keep cats away:
An irritating and disturbing odor for cats is that of sulfur, so of course, sulfur repels cats away from the house. But it is recommended not to use it because you risk putting the cat’s life in real danger!
Sulfur is dangerous to animals because of their chemical properties, which can make animals sick and even kill.
Another product and smell that cats and other animals dislike is ammonia. But as with sulfur, the latter can be very dangerous for cats.
Indeed, as ammonia is a chemical and toxic product, you should not use it as a repellant, on the contrary!
Warning! Cats can die if they swallow ammonia. It is strictly forbidden to harm cats and other domestic and wild animals.
As stated earlier in the article, bleach should never be used to ward off cats and not as anti-tagging.
Bleach gives off an odor that cats like. So you risk attracting them (and not repelling them) and poisoning them or worse killing them.