Tired of being frustrated with cats messing around your garden or home? Make a friendly but efficient DIY cat repellent with a few simple, affordable ingredients!
DIY Cat Repellent
Even if you’re a big cat lover as myself, sometimes your beloved pets can be a huge pain, especially when messing around the garden, ruining all your plants and hard work. Defer cats safely with a natural DIY cat repellent that is safe and harmless for your cat, your family or home.
Or maybe you need to keep your cat away from dangerous areas; it’s in their nature to explore but…curiosity killed the cat! Stop them from using your garden as their own personal litter box with this simple, non toxic DIY cat repellent. You can safely set boundaries even the most stubborn cat will eventually learn to respect!
All cats are different and will react to a repellent differently. That’s why I wanted to try a mild approach for my DIY cat repellent and I used only natural ingredients I know cats normally hate, like citrus peel. In addition I used a citrus scented dish soap and lemon juice to make the scent more powerful. I put everything in a spray bottle and lightly sprayed around the areas I wanted to protect from my cats (do not use directly on cats!).
So far my cats seem to be pretty responsive (or they’re just done exploring lol) but I’ll be continuing to use my DIY cat repellent for a while until I’m 100% certain they’ve learned that those areas are off limits. If you’re using this repellent indoors, make sure you don’t use it directly on furniture as lemon juice may cause discoloration. Test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the ingredients won’t damage the material.
DIY Cat Repellent Recipe
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups orange peel, white pith removed
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 2 squirts lemon scented dish soap
You will also need:
- Add water to a medium pan and bring to a boil.
- Squeeze the orange juice (you might as well enjoy a healthy glass of refreshing orange juice while the water is boiling).
- Using a sharp knife, remove as much of the white pith as possible.
- Chop orange peel in small pieces.
- Throw the chopped peel in a medium pot and pour the boiling water over.
- Keep the pot on a low heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Cool the mixture and strain through a sieve.
- Pour orange “soup” in a spray bottle.
- Add lemon juice.
- Add dish soap.
- Shake well until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
- Apply to home (test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the ingredients won’t damage the material) and garden but not directly on cats!