DIY Make Your Own Cat Repellent Spray

How to make cat repellant

Deter Your Cat 

Making your own cat repellent may just be the best thing you ever do if you love your little furry companions. Most importantly, if your cat has its claws then she'll need to satisfy the natural urge to "scratch". So you might have a wonderful peice of new furniture, a wall corner or bed post or some other thing in the house that is precious and expensive to you - but princess has other ideas about it...

In some cases, it can go a step further. Some cats (if left to live the "mouser" lifestyle) will take over your flower beds and garden areas as their own personal litter box. They may go as far as digging up your pride and joy. 

Cats are very loveable and that can certainly cause a lot of joy in your life. But they can also become destructive. If you're spending the build of your spare time trying to eliminate cat smell off your shed, garage, the corner of your house or even the corner of a room in the house, then its time to deter them. 

Cats do not intentionally harm things, it is just their nature to leave their scent and mark territory. Its usually the males that do this.  Dogs do the same thing by urinating on just about everything.  There are plenty of nice ways to tell your cat to "Step OFF".

Cat Repellent Sprays

You may want to try these homemade cat repellents. Not every home remedy works for every cat. You may have to experiment a little bit, but offering natural, healthy ways to ward off your cat's instinctive behavior is much safer and longer term investment than abusive scolding or chemicals. 

Cats can smell (or detect odor) at about 40 times the sensitivity that we humans can. Making a natural cat repellent will rely heavily on a cat’s keen sense of smell. If you find that one recipe is not working, try one of the others. Cats are individuals with different likes and dislikes, and what smells pungent to you may just be his cup of tea. 

First, get yourself clean spray bottle to earmark for kitty discipline.  Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog

First, get yourself clean spray bottle to earmark for kitty discipline. 
Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog

Recipe 1
Vinegar. Mix some vinegar with liquid hand soap and water in equal parts. Spray, wipe or pour over areas of concern depending on whether its indoors or outdoors. 

Recipe 2
Garlic, pepper, and lemon mixed with water is another deterrent. Some people will add "hot" pepper to this solution but that may cause harm to your cat as "hot" solution are not cat friendly. If you decide to do this, add a very modest amount of "hot". A little bit can go a long way. Garlic needs to be crushed very well. Then let this concoction sit for at least 24 hours until its nice and ripe. Strain off the remaining solution and away you go with a powerful cat repellent. (Possibly humans to...)

Recipe 3
Rosemary. Plant this herb near where your cat(s) is causing problems and you should him take it to the street. Rosemary is a natural cat deterrent. You can also make a solution of Rosemary extract and water to put in your spray bottle.  

Recipe 4
Grow herbs. To follow recipe 3, put in citronella, rue, lavender, rosemary or garlic and chives into an herb garden. These are attractive, and are natural cat repellents.

Natural, organic DIY cat repellent spray. Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog.

Natural, organic DIY cat repellent spray. Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog.

Recipe 5
A liquid herb supplement can consist of lemon juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, and rosemary extract mixed with a bit of water. This is an excellent cat deterrent.

Recipe 6
Another liquid fusion can be made by mixing the juice from a green orange and strong coffee. This has proven to be a great cat deterrent. You can also chop or grind up citrus rinds, and use coffee grounds in the soil of your beds to discourage feline visitors from the neighborhood.

Recipe 7
Citronella oil is a home made cat repellent that many people have had success with. Citronella is best known as a mosquito repellent, but cats find the Citronella odor to be distasteful. Simply mix one part Citronella oil to four parts water and spray liberally in the troubled areas.

Adding eucalyptus essential oil to your spray bottle as a cat repellent spray. Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog. 

Adding eucalyptus essential oil to your spray bottle as a cat repellent spray. Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog. 

Recipe 8

Lastly, a recommendation from, suggest that the single best cat repellent is the following recipe. 

  • Fill your spray bottle 3/4 the way up with water.
  • Add a few drops of clear dish liquid. It should be clear so that it does not color-stain your carpet or furniture. (This acts as a mixing agent for water and oils).
  • Add 10 drops each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil to the spray bottle. Replace the lid and shake well.

Its simple, natural and easy to make. Your cats likely won't be bothered by this at all and neither will you. If your experiencing a problem with flies in your house or even ants, this essential oil cocktail may solve that problem to. Go green before looking to chemical or harsh behavioral correction. Your furry friends will love your for it. 

Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog. 

Photo: Mom 4 Real Blog. 

Pet Stain Clean Up

Lastly, if you have an affected area of your home that has withstood damage due to your pets, you have two options. Contact your local Color Glo franchise for fabric restoration. For extensive clean up of floors, carpets, area rugs and more, call a company like National Dusters whom specialize in Pet Stain Clean Up

Photo: National Dusters Cleaning Company

Photo: National Dusters Cleaning Company