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November 15, 2018 3 min read

It’s common to find your indoor cat getting into one or two spaces that she shouldn’t and causing a bit of damage here there, or it could be that some outdoor kitty is ruining your garden every now and again. You can use an effective natural method to keep them away from such specific areas. These natural repellents do a good of discouraging cats and in no way harm them. Check out some of them below

Outdoor repellents

If your cat is always causing harm to your garden, you can use Nets and Fence to protect your plants and prevent your cats from gaining access to them. Also, cats don’t like the texture of gravel or mulch on their paws so you can use these materials to surround your plants. You can grow lavender, Coleus canina or rue in your garden as cats hate the smell from these plants. Also, citrus plants like lemons and oranges are also good repellents. Use their peels to your advantage and place them around your gardens. Make use of cat repellent sprays from stores around your outdoor space. Some of these repellents found in gardening stores contain the urine of common cat predators like coyotes, the smell will make them avoid such areas entirely out of fear of their predator.

Indoor Repellents

Use plastic covers, sandpaper or aluminum foil to cover up areas you wouldn’t want your cats to venture into like furniture and carpets. Using such protective covers discourage the cats by making those areas unappealing. Also, double-sided tape can also be a great way to make a surface unpleasant for your cat. The sticky feel of the tape is highly unappreciated by cats. You can also make use of pet gates or baby gates to restrict your cat’s movement to specific places in the house.

Scent repellent

One of the fantastic attributes of cats is the fact that they have a large number of odor-sensitive cells in their noses. A large number of sensitive cells means they have a strong-smelling ability. Because of their smelling ability, they are susceptible to strong scents like those from citrus-based essential oils. Essential oils come in different varieties, and they are all natural and from plants. Essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint, lavender and citrus fruits have a way of repelling cats. You can make a homemade mixture yourself, and all you need is one part of any of this essential oil and three parts of water, and you are good to go. Spray the solution in the appropriate places indoor or outdoor and see how it will repel your cats.


Cats don’t like to get wet and hence why they dislike water most especially indoors. If you see your cat heading to an area you don’t want him to venture into, give him a small dose of water from a spray bottle. Carry out the process continuously till he stops coming to the area. For outdoor spaces, you can install motion detectors and automatic sprinklers for your garden or outdoor spaces. These sprinklers will automatically kick in and spray your cats with a little dash of water whenever they approach areas like your garden. This is an effective and harmless way to discourage your cats from coming back again.

Things to consider

You can plant a cat garden in your backyard to give your cat access to an outdoor area. Rather than prohibit them from going outside completely, you can grow a little cat garden with barley grass and catnip and allow them to play in that area. This will place their focus own their yard rather than other areas you want to keep off-limits to them.


Do not rely on punishment or harmful substances as a way of repelling your cats from certain areas indoors or outdoors. Hazardous substances like Mothballs contain chemicals that can lead to severe illness in your kitty and in some cases, they are also toxic to humans and other pets.

Tips for using natural cat repellent

To ensure the most safe and effective way to repel stray cats from unwanted areas. Professionals use Cat MACE stray cat repellent. This product is an safe and effective way to repel cats indoors or outdoors.