Cat repellent sprays are one of the most effective ways of getting rid of cats in your garden without the need for expensive electronic devices. The great news is that you knock a batch of spray together, at home, with ingredients you’ve probably got sitting in your kitchen cupboards.
What is the Best Cat Repellent Spray?
You probably know that every cat is different and what one cat might hate, another might love. That’s why it’s impossible to give you a definitive answer to what the best cat repellent spray is. Instead, you’ll need to run a few experiments in your garden to see which does (and which does not) work with the particular cat you’re trying to get rid of.
Below we’ve outlined our 6 favourite, homemade cat repellent sprays for you to try out:
#1: Vinegar Cat Repellent Spray
If you don’t mind the smell of vinegar, you can use that to create a homemade spray. All you need to do is mix vinegar and liquid hand soap in equal measures. Give the solution a shake and spray it on outdoor areas where cats usually frequent.
As you already know, vinegar has quite a strong scent and doesn’t dissipate easily. One of the great things about this particular recipe is that you’ll likely have some vinegar at home. That means it won’t cost you a penny to create a cat repellent spray!
#2: Garlic, Pepper, and Lemon Cat Repellent Spray
If you’ve already tried the vinegar spray and found it hasn’t been quite as successful, it’s time to take things up a notch. A proven formula is the garlic, pepper, and lemon cat repellent spray.
You’ll need to use crushed garlic, as the dried version won’t be as effective. Add a clove’s worth of garlic to the mix, and then add plenty of lemon juice. Next, sprinkle some pepper on top and let the whole mixture sit for 24 hours.
Once the time is up, you can then strain the liquid into a spray bottle. You only need to use a bit of the spray as it’s very potent indeed!
Again, it’s another recipe where you will already have the ingredients at home. The only downside to that concoction is that it’s also good for warding off humans as well! Still, as long as it does the job it’s intended to do, that’s all that matters.
Note: Don’t be tempted to add in some chilli powder to this mix. You might not know it, but chilli will make cats sick. The goal here is to create a non-toxic cat repellent spray that is safe to use in your garden.
#3 Lavender Cat Repellent Spray
There is no denying that lavender has a lovely aroma. For centuries, people around the world have used lavender in many different forms. Lavender essential oil, for instance, gets used for aromatherapy and massages. And from a health point of view, lavender oil is useful as a natural sedative for when you’re feeling unwell.
Aside from the many health benefits to humans, lavender oil is also a good method of warding off cats. You can buy lavender essential oil online or from any High Street health shops. Simply add a few drops to a spray full of water, and you can use the spray anywhere in your garden.
It’s fine to use the spray on fence panels, walls, and even on soil and plants! Be sure to give everywhere a good coating of the spray. You can always make up some more solution if you run out.
#4 Lemon Juice Cat Repellent Spray
A quick and simple way to deter cats from your garden is to make up a lemon juice spray. Some people dilute the lemon juice with spray, but it’ll be most effective if you use it need.
Lemon juice is available cheaply from virtually all supermarkets. You can, of course, buy some online and have it delivered to you. Or if you’ve got a supply of lemons at home, you could squeeze the juice out of them instead.
In any case, it’s worth noting that cats abhor the smell of citrus. Sure, you could substitute lemon juice with orange juice or citronella, for example. But, lemon juice is a quick, easy, and cheap way to make a homemade cat repellent spray.
Don’t be afraid to coat everything outdoors with the spray, such as fence panels, paths, soil, and so on. For a start, you could focus on the entry and exit points for cats in your garden. Doing so will most likely keep the cats away. But, you can spray other areas where they frequent as well.
#5 Cinnamon, Rosemary and Vinegar Spray
Here’s a recipe that is not used as often but should be because it’s got a high success rate! To create this cat repellent spray, you first need to boil half a litre of water. Once the water has reached boiling point, add in a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon and dried rosemary.
Mix it all together and leave it to stand overnight. Next, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar and pour the contents into a spray bottle. Give it a good shake, and then you are good to go.
It will smell like something you’ve probably never smelt before. But, the advantage of this concoction is that it’ll keep those cats away from your garden.
It’s worth remembering that if an aroma is potent to you, it’ll be up to 30 times stronger to a cat’s nose!
#6 Citronella Cat Repellent Spray
A homemade recipe most often talked about by gardeners around the world is the citronella spray. To create this spray, all you have to do is mix one part of citronella essential oil to four parts of water. Give the mixture a good shake, and spray it on the places in your garden visited most by cats.
Another reason why the citronella cat repellent spray is so popular is that it’s not just for cats. You can also use it during the summer months to ward off mosquitoes from your home!
Can Cat Repellent Sprays Harm Cats?
When you’re creating a homemade cat repellent spray, it’s essential that you only use natural ingredients. For a start, toxic chemicals can make cats and other animals sick. They could even cause harm to your pets, and any small children that play in your garden. It’s why we advise against using products such as Jeyes Fluid.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that some chemicals can kill plants as well. Many people spray cat repellent on and around crops and flowers in their gardens. The sad truth is that they could be doing more harm than good by using toxic chemicals.
You should always be wary of the toxicity of some natural products on cats. Cats are negatively impacted by a huge range of herbs and spices so always do thorough research to determine how toxic a product is to cats.
How Often Should You Spray?
The only downside to any spray that you use is that its effects won’t last forever. You’ll also find that the effects can possibly wash away when it rains! Therefore, what you will need to do is reapply your spray on a regular basis.
Many people that use homemade cat repellent sprays find that they only need to use them once a week. Depending on the ingredients, you might need to apply the spray twice a week.
Still, it doesn’t take long to go outside and let the spray work its magic.
If you want, make up a large quantity of cat repellent spray and store it in a two or five-litre bottle. That way, you won’t need to spend as often making up more of it.