Homemade Cat repellent Sprays
Making your own spray ensures that you know exactly what is in it, that way you know it is environmentally friendly and you can also make it smell nice for your own nose.
I have discovered that one cat deterrent can work extremely well for one cat but not for another. So I have compiled a few recipes below, try them all until you find one that works for you.
If you know of any other home made cat deterrent sprays that work please let us know in the comments below. Thank you.
The first recipes are very simple to make.
Lavender essential oil.
Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil to one pint of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake well…Spray the area you wish cats to avoid.
Peppermint essential oil.
Orange essential oil.
Add 5 to 10 drops of orange essential oil to one pint of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake well…Spray the area you wish cats to avoid.
Lemon and Eucalyptus.
Add 5 drops of lemon oil or the zest of one lemon and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to one pint of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake well…Spray the area you wish cats to avoid
Olbas Oil and Witch Hazel.
Add about 20 drops of Olbas Oil to one pint of water. Add a generous splash of witch hazel and a few drops of washing up liquid. Put in a spray bottle and shake well…Spray the area you wish cats to avoid
Do not spray on cats! Cats are not able to process essential oils and this spray will prove toxic if sprayed onto the cat or ingested by it.
You could soak cotton balls in the mixture and leave those out in the areas to be avoided.
The next requires a bit more work.
Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Lavender
- Add 3 tablespoons of Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Lavender to a pint of boiling water.
- Leave to steep for several hours
- Strain the liquid through fine muslin or any other fine cloth (pot towel, t-shirt etc.)
- Add ¾ cup of vinegar and 10 to 15 drops of orange essential oil.
- Pour into a spray bottle and shake well.
Cats don’t like the smell of pepper, so this mixture is especially good deterrent to them.
- Boil a pint of water then leave to cool for 5 mins.
- Add 4 tablespoons of black pepper into the water. Stir to dissolve and leave to cool.
Note: be careful when adding the pepper into the water. Take care not to get any steam from the solution in your eyes, as it could act like mace and temporarily debilitate you.
When cool, place into a spray bottle and spray outdoors on the area you want cats to stay away from.
Do not spray essential oils directly onto plants as this could be detrimental to the health of your plants and herbs, but probably not in the concentration described below.
Some homemade sprays can contain essential oils or pepper which can cause actual harm to cats so use with caution.