Homemade Citrus Spray as a Cat Deterrent
Growing plants indoors that cats dislike is a great way to distract them. Cats don’t like some plants because of their strong odor, others because of the way they feel. Here are a few indoor plants cats avoid:You can also cat-proof houseplants by making them smell bad. Sprinkle cayenne pepper around the leaves of houseplants and your cat will back away pretty quickly. Cats also hate the smell of citrus. Put orange and lemon peels in your pots along with the plants to help deter them. Another option is spraying the leaves directly with diluted lemon juice or orange oil.Many people who have trouble with their cats using plants as a litter box will purchase plants with offensive textures that will make cats think twice about their bathroom habits.You can also cover the soil with some large pebbles or stones around the base of the plants to prevent digging. Pinecones or aluminum foil, for instance, placed around the planter may help to keep cats away. Another option is covering the base of the plant with chicken wire, mesh, or another breathable fabric.If you still can’t keep your cats away from your plants, don’t give up. There are still a few more options.
I have a 2 year rescue cat.
In the last 6 months I’ve been spraying citronella oil diluted in water to ward off mosquitoes & recently started adding the citronella to my lotions as it lasts a little longer for keeping the mosquitoes at bay. I’ve sprayed peppermint oil on the sofa to keep my cat off it—he avoided it like the plague until the scent finally faded away. In the last month I’ve started using tea tree oil, diluted in a carrier oil, to treat my in-grown hairs. I want to start using citrus oils in a baking soda deodourising disk around the house.
I live in the tropics with lots fresh air, and my cat is house cat with unfettered roaming.
I would like to know if I need to stop using all these essential oils? And, are there any essential oils that I can use around my cat?
Please note I have no intention of ever using essential oils on nor feeding them to my cat—just in the home.
I agree with the poster who said to skip mothballs. They are terribly poisonous to everything, including people, and the stench from them is as bad as or worse than the cat urine. I have purchased a cat repellant from Walmart that worked quite well. It also had a smell, but not obnoxious, and it had to be replaced every time it rained, but it worked. It kept my own cats from pooping on the front lawn. You might also try citrus peels, as those are not too unsightly and won't be a horrible smell. I kept stray cats from spraying the front of my house by splashing lemon scented Mr. Clean over the urine spots. This would work on fence posts, or tree trunks.Strong citrus scents can be used to curb many bad behaviors in cats. Citrus fruit peels and sprays will keep cats off furniture, out of houseplants and away from gardens.You can also buy cat repellant at hardware and likely, pet stores. It works as well, but has to be replaced after every rain. Do not use things like mothballs. They are poisonous to everything, and smell worse than the cat smell. If the cats are spraying their scent on the house (which they may be doing, as that is much stinkier than just pooping in your flower beds) try splashing some lemon scented cleaner on the spots. I did that one winter, when it was far too cold (-20) to be washing the spots, and it seemed to deter the cats and nullify the odor. You might try orange or grapefruit peels as well, as I think it is the citrus smell that deters them.Citronella essential oil, made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant, has a strong citrus-like aroma. Because cats have a strong sense of smell, they do not like strong scents and will avoid areas with potent aromas. This oil has no toxic properties and will also repel insects. To repel cats, make a solution of 20 drops citronella oil mixed with 200 mL of water and pour it into a spray bottle. Shake it well and and spray it on surfaces in your home or directly on plants in your garden. In addition, place citronella-scented candles around your garden as a long-lasting cat deterrent.I would also suggest the citrus peels. Oranges or grapefruits I think work just as well; do not use toxic things like mothballs, as that is even more horrible than outdoor cats. Are these cats bothering you or your cats or both? Are they spraying their scent around? If your cats are indoors all the time, you have a few more choices. I used a lemon scented Mr. Clean splashed over the places the stray cats were spraying, and that covered the smell and seemed to deter them. If your cats don't go outside, or you keep them in your yard, you might also try a cat repellant that you can buy in places like Walmart. There are different kinds. Might work.Use citrus oils including lemon, orange and lime essential oils to repel cats. These oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits and have a strong, slightly bitter scent. Cats dislike these oils, which many natural cat repellents contain. Soak cotton balls in these oils and place them in the locations you want your cat to avoid. You can make a solution of equal parts lemon and orange oils and mix it with three parts water. Shake the mixture and spray the solution on plants, fabrics, walls or other surfaces. You can also rub citrus peels directly on these surfaces to distribute their natural oils or grind them up and sprinkle them around plants to deter cats.