Homemade Cat Repellents
Neighbourhood cats strolling into your garden and fouling on the lawn can soon become an unmanageable problem. If you’re at your wits’ end, consider cat deterrents. Or if you want to make your own, you can get creative to keep the kitties away. Our homemade cat repellents are simple to make and are usually very cheap too.
1. Homemade cat deterrent sprayMix together lemon juice, rosemary and white vinegar - three things cats detest. Put the liquid in a spray bottle so it’s easy to use around the garden. Simply spray near where the cats spend time - on planters, the patio, or even inside.
2. Lemon or orange peelCats hate citrus scents, so take your leftover orange and lemon peel and scatter it where you’d like to deter the offending felines. Just be sure to replace the peels once they get old and lose their smell.
3. SandpaperCats have sensitive paws and will avoid treading on uncomfortable surfaces. Placing a few bits of sandpaper around your flowerbeds should keep cats from clambering around where they are not welcome.
4. Essential oilsThere are a few scented oils that are known for repelling cats - peppermint, lemon, orange, lavender and citronella. Mix one part oil to three parts water for the perfect deterrent liquid. Pop it in a spray bottle for easy use.
5. Cat deterrent plantsIf you want to keep your garden looking clean and natural then try planting some cat deterrent flowers - our list includes rosemary, lavender and the scaredy cat plant.
6. Dried herbsBuy some of the herbs cats find most offensive, like rosemary and lavender, and scatter dried bunches around the areas you’d like them to leave. This works great inside too.
Tips for naturally repelling cats
- All cats are different and will react better to different deterrents, so try experimenting with all these ideas.
- A cat’s sense of smell is 40 times more effective than a human’s, which is why these scented options work so well.
- If you’re using one of the spray methods, make sure to reapply after each rainfall has washed the previous effort away.
George works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos. George's idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet... But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy! He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.See all of George's posts.