It’s not that you don’t like cats. It really isn’t. You completely understand why so many people love them so vociferously. They’re cute, they’re furry and when one settles into your lap and starts purring it makes your heart soar.
They might not be as affectionate or demonstrative as dogs, but when they do show you the affection you really feel like you’ve earned it.
The trouble is that a cat is fine and dandy when it’s nuzzling into your lap, gently kneading you with its paws – it’s another thing altogether when your neighbour’s cat works its way into your garden and starts pooping left, right and centre. You now need to find a way to safely but effectively deter them from your garden.
So Does Cinnamon Repel Cats?
As you probably know already, cats hate strong, unfamiliar scents. We’ve written a full guide to what smells cats hate. You probably also happen to know that cinnamon is a strong, pungent smell. With this knowledge, you can probably determine yourself that there’s a chance a cat won’t like the smell of cinnamon so it can, therefore, be used to repel them.
Like most cat repellents and deterrents, your only way of knowing for certain is to try it out. Every cat is individual with its own personality traits which can mean you find some cats dislike the smell of cinnamon while others are not impacted by it at all.
It’s another case of: It may work, unfortunately.
How it Works
Cinnamon is one of many herbs and spices that smell delightful to humans but are disgusting to their feline counterparts. The subtle and sweetly spicy aroma of cinnamon might be enticing to us in a latte or an apple pie but to a cat’s sense of smell (which is around fourteen times more potent than ours) the aroma is about as subtle as a hand grenade or punch to the face.
While cinnamon can be an effective feline repellent it can also be toxic to cats in small doses. The trick, then, lies with administering it in such a way as to be potent yet harmless to the neighbourhood’s cats. You can learn more about its toxicity to cats here.
How to Use Cinnamon to Keep Cats out of your Garden
Cinnamon is at its most effective when used in conjunction with other kitchen staples to create a non-toxic but potent deterrent spray. Find yourself a spray bottle (or grab a cheap one from Amazon here) and fill it with a combination of:
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of black pepper
– 1 teaspoon mustard powder
– 1 crushed garlic clove
– 3-4 drops lemon essential oil
Mix this together and spray it to any areas from which you want to keep cats away. You can spray it over the surface of fences, along the ground or on the leaves of nearby plants and bushes.
No harm to the cats, no damage to your plants, trees or flowers. Just a beautiful garden that is now (hopefully) free of cats freely pooping in it.