Try tossing lavender and citrus peels in small bowls and place them on shelves next to breakable items, or other places where you do not want your cats to go. Add essential oils in those same scents to increase the smell, if necessary. Spray lavender or citrus fabric fresheners on rugs to keep cats out of certain rooms in the house. You can also use these sprays on other soft surfaces, such as curtains and bed spreads, to deter cats from those places. Commercial cat repellents are often made from fox urine, or the waste of other predators. It’s probably not something you want to spray indoors, but the use of repellent is discussed in the following method. If your cat won’t stay off your fern, or keeps climbing up and messing with the couch she always claws, use a little water to flick onto the cat.
You can keep a small glass of water close by to the place you’re trying to repel the cat from, dip your finger in, and flick some water around to discourage the cat. Better yet, buy a couple small toy squirt-guns and hide them at strategic places around the house so you’ll always have an armament close by. When you use it, aim at the cat’s body. Avoid its face, as a strong stream might actually hurt the cat’s eyes or nose. Do it calmly, without raising your voice. It should be the water that the cat associates with the location, and the discomfort, not your presence or your voice.
Don’t make loud sounds to punish the cat. Clicking spoons together, snapping your fingers, or yelling are not effective ways at getting your cat to stay off of surfaces or objects. Long-term, though, cats will come to react that way whenever they hear the sound of your raised voice, two things clicking, or snapping sounds. You’ll be training your cat to be skittish, but not to avoid the object you want avoided. Is it any wonder your cat wants to curl up on your super-soft comforter and take a nap? If you want to keep your cat off your bed, you need to provide a comfortable and equally-inviting sleeping alternative for the cat.
Not all cats like to sleep in beds, but little spaces with furry warm blankets are inviting and pleasant. Prepare a box with an old blanket, and sprinkle a little catnip in there to make it more enticing. If your cat is scratching furniture, it’s absolutely essential that you get a scratching post and tend to the cat’s nails regularly. Cats with their claws must regularly scratch things, so you need to provide them a surface to dig into. It’s also a good idea to make surfaces you want the cat to avoid as difficult to get to as possible. Cats are obviously sneaky jumpers and creepers, so this can be difficult, but trying to remove jumping surfaces and other objects the cat uses to perch on can help to keep them off high surfaces and difficult-to-reach spots.
If outdoor cats are coming around your yard, it’s because they’re looking for food and probably finding it somewhere. If you have pets, make sure their food is indoors and impossible to get to, and that there is no extra food lying around where strays can get at it. It’s also a good idea to make sure mice haven’t taken up residence in your porch or foundation, or you might end up welcoming the extra feline security. Check all your trashcans for security, making sure the lids are secure and no food scraps are hanging out or easy to reach. Keep your trash pile manageable and secure so that no cats will come sniffing around the scent those tuna cans. Talk politely to the neighbors to find out if they’ve been feeding cats. If one person starts laying out food, it makes it very difficult to keep the cats away.
It’s also a recipe for overfeeding, which ends up negatively affecting the cats’ health in the long run. Use moving water sprinklers to scare cats off. Cats, even feral ones, really don’t like water. Place motion-activated water sprinklers in strategic spots where you see cats regularly, and where you’d like them to avoid. Place them in areas where you know cats enter the yard, and in several other spots, as well, so you get good coverage. After a couple days, change the location up slightly so the cats will be sure to get scared off and won’t be able to learn the new pattern. It shouldn’t take many water scare-offs before the cats leave your yard alone.
There are a variety of plants that look attractive in your yard, but are really unattractive to cats. Specifically, planting the herb rue in and around your garden will make cats stay far away. In the fall, you can harvest and dry rue to store it during winter and use as cat repellent. In the spring, sprinkle it in the garden to keep cats away from your starts. Other nice plants known for their cat repellent properties include citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender. These are pleasant scents for people and attractive looking plants to have in your yard, but cats hate them with a passion. You can mulch the surface of your garden, as well as between outdoor plants, bird feeders, and other places you’d like to keep cats away, using citrus fruit peels, coffee grounds or pipe tobacco. All are known cat deterrents, and have nitrogen-fixing properties for the soil, making them excellent for the environment and for scaring cats off. If you’ve got real cat problems and no pets of your own, you may not want to play nice anymore. Without being cruel to the cats you want to keep away, you can invest in more reliable and effective methods sure to keep cats away, including commercial cat repellent sprays and sonic devices designed to irritate animals. Try a commercially sold cat repellent. Usually, these are made of synthesized or collected predator urine, and a small amount around the perimeter of your yard should do a lot to keep cats and other animals away. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure the substance won’t harm the animals.