There are a lot of different methods for discouraging cats from gardens, homes and repelling them from certain areas. Gardeners and homeowners have a large amount of wonderful knowledge on this very subject and it is often a topic of conversations between gardeners, on allotments and of course online. Much of this advice is fantastic and has helped many people with their feline problems.
However, there are some solutions that whilst some people swear work they are still not a good idea to use as a cat repelling solution. Bleach is one of these solutions.
So Does Bleach Repel Cats?
In occasional cases, it might work. There seem to be a few people who swear by it as a solution and choose to spray their wheelie bins with water and bleach solutions to discourage cats from urinating there.
But there are also plenty of people who have said this doesn’t work! As someone with experience of cats, dogs and many other animals, my own experience is that cats do not hate bleach in the slightest.
You would think it would work. Bleach is toxic and smells absolutely awful. If you get the lemon-scented bleach then it has the double whammy of being citrus-scented and bleach scented! A mixture that a cat should absolutely hate.
The general consensus is that instead of repelling cats, bleach can actually encourage them! Nobody seems to know why, but many cats seem to like the smell of bleach and will be attracted to it, choosing to roll around in it. They look like they are having the time of their life which is the opposite reaction those looking to repel cats are looking for.
So, does bleach repel cats or not? There are many issues with bleach as a cat repellent and it does not make a good solution to your unwanted visitor issue and cats being attracted to the scent is only the start of it.
The Problem With Bleach
The main issue with bleach is that it is toxic. It is toxic to humans, dogs, most animals, insects, wildlife and yes it is also toxic to cats. Any animal who comes into contact with bleach can suffer from skin rashes, burns and if absorbed into the skin or worse is ingested then it can cause serious illness and even death. There are plenty of other solutions that are not harmful that you can consider.
Another consideration with using bleach as a cat repellent is that the place most people want to deter cats from is their back gardens. Adding bleach to a garden can only result in one thing – an unhealthy garden where things struggle to grow! Plants, grass and all kinds of wildlife will also be killed by bleach being sprayed onto them. On top of that, you end up with a garden that smells like a bleached bathroom instead of a wonderfully floral outdoorsy smell.
Things You Should Never do With Bleach Outdoors
Bleach does not make a good cat repellent. It can cause serious harm to the cat and no one wants to feel responsible for hurting an animal. Bleach has very little use outdoors in general but here are a few specific things that bleach should definitely not be used for.
• Never spray directly onto an animal, even an unwanted cat. Bleach can be absorbed through the skin causing skin irritation, rashes, poisoning and will even kill a cat.
• Don’t use bleach in a way a cat or any animal might end up ingesting it. It is toxic and can kill them.
• Don’t spray bleach around areas where animals and wildlife scratch, eat, drink or sleep. It isn’t good for them and is likely to hurt them.
• Never use bleach on plants, your lawn or anywhere else you hope to grow plants. It kills the plants and will destroy the soil and make it too toxic for things to grow.
• Never use undiluted bleach anywhere in your garden. Gardeners do state there are some very occasional uses for bleach in a garden but these are rare and specific and should always be done very carefully.
Alternatives to Bleach As a Cat Repellent?
Does bleach repel cats? It’s highly unlikely to!
It is clear that bleach is not a great option for a cat repellent. It doesn’t work and it is dangerous to wildlife. That doesn’t mean there are no other options out there that are much safer for you, your garden and for the cats. You can use the many cat deterrent options that include cat proof fencing and plants that cats avoid or even make your own natural cat deterrent sprays using natural ingredients.