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September 22, 2021 2 min read

Cats are all cute and cuddly, and they are great to have around the house. But sometimes they can get on your nerves most especially when they play in your garden or damage your favorite pillow. It can be difficult to stop them at times when they are set on going to specific places in your house or playing with some specific items, but luckily, you can use vinegar as a cat repellent, and keep them away from those places and things most precious to you.How to utilize vinegar as a cat repellent


You can use a full-strength white vinegar or dilute it a bit with water and use it as a cat repellent. Be careful not to use a full-strength vinegar on your plants or object as they might react to it negatively. In such cases, it is proper to dilute a full-strength vinegar with one or two parts water before applying it to your plants and objects. You can carry out experiments with different strengths of mixture to find out the minimum amount of vinegar that can effectively act as a deterrent to your cat.

Spraying outdoors

Diluted or full-strength vinegar can be used around the house to fend off cats. Use in areas that cats often wander into like gardens, fences, posts, fences and so on. Do some research and carry out experiments to know if you can apply vinegar on your plants. Naturally, vinegar can be safely used around the base of acid-loving plants. There are plants that won’t show any reaction to vinegar, while there are others that may be affected in a couple of ways. Before spraying vinegar on painted surfaces as well as your garden decor, test an unnoticeable spot for damages or fading. Spray after a couple of days, and also after watering or rainfall.

Spraying indoors

Use can also make use of vinegar indoors to prevent your cats from gaining access into some certain places. Test the vinegar on surfaces, to ensure they don’t damage such surfaces. Carry out experiments to determine the least amount of vinegar that can repel your cat. Spray the predetermined area once a week or as many times as required to repel the cats. Outdoor areas are sprayed more than indoor areas.


If spraying doesn’t work, or you don’t fancy it as an option, you can use the soaking method as a way to deter cats. Soak a sponge, or rag in white vinegar, and place it in the area you don’t want your cats in. You can use this method for indoors and outdoors purposes. Ensure you place the rag or sponge close to plants ha don’t react to vinegar. Place the rag or sponge in a plastic container, so you don’t use the vinegar to the soil or any other surface.

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