Cats. We all love them. However, we would all like to throw in the towel and cry when it comes to their destructive and self-centeredness.
Not to worry, I am here to help you figure it out.
Be it with their scratching or their marking of territories with their faeces and urine.
Below are suggestions that could answer your question of, ‘what’s the best cat repellent?’
As a mother of two children and three cats, I know a thing or two on how children, including cats, can be kept in line.
I have owned cats for the better part of my life. My family, when I was a child, let me keep them.
I have seen cats destroy furniture and gardens.
We all know, for those who keep gardens that they could quite expensive as they need maintenance.
On top of that, they tend to have a knack for scratching that precious furniture.
Which you probably bought at a high cost.
There are natural and artificial ways of keeping cats away from things that have meaning to you.
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Natural cat repellents
Oil extracts and pepper.
They both contain capsaicin and 2-undecanoate and can be sprayed onto decorative plants.
All you need to do is apply them to the restricted area.
The only disadvantage is that it can irritate the skin and eyes.
Marigold, rue, lavender, and pennyroyal are plants that one can plant to repel.
Their smells are what drives cats away from the garden.
They tend to confuse them.
Coyote and fox’s urine
One can apply it on cars’ roofs to prevent cats from climbing onto them.
Some artificial cat repellents are made from this.
Homemade cat repellent recipes for outdoor use
Mix three pints of water with two one pint of peppermint oil.
Put the mixture in a sprayer and spray the area regularly as it tends to wear off.
Citrus fruits’ peels such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit are excellent cat repellent.
Their essential oils do all the magic.
Mix either lemon or orange juice with water and drops of citrus oil.
The citrus oil will help the mixture’s longevity. Put the mixture in a sprayer and spray it on restricted areas.
Circle a plant with red chili pepper flakes.
However, you must be aware that they can harm your cat. Additionally, they cause irritation and sneezing.
Add 500mls of boiling water onto a mixture of two tablespoons of lavender, cinnamon, and rosemary. Leave overnight.
Use gauze to strain the mixture and add ½ a cup of vinegar.
Afterward, add ten drops of tangerine essential oil. Put the whole mixture onto a sprayer and spray on the restricted area.
Mix lemon juice with one litre of water and twelve drops of eucalyptus oil.
Shake the mixture well and put it in a sprayer, and spray on the problematic areas.
Mix citronella oil with four pints of water and spay it on restricted areas.
All these recipes, as mentioned earlier, are ideal for outdoor use.
Below is a list of homemade cat repellents recipes that are ideal for indoor use.
Homemade cat scratch repellents
Mix equal portions of apple cider vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a sprayer.
It is advisable to test the repellent on a cloth to ensure it doesn’t stain.
Mix equal portions of lavender- citronella- peppermint mixture with water.
In place of peppermint, you could also use lemongrass. It is also essential to test whether or not it stains on a piece of cloth.
Motion Activated Sprinklers
Other ways of repelling cats are by use of motion-activated sprinklers.
They are very effective as they exploit cats’ natural fear of water.
Ultrasound affects them
Moreover, ultrasonic devices, which are cat’s collars, can cause discomfort when a cat approaches a restricted area since cats hear a wide assortment of frequencies compared to humans.
As you may have noticed, I dived into natural cat repellents.
As the world keeps changing, many of us, including me, are leaning into the organic ways.
I hope either of the recipes would be of great help and ease your worries.