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November 01, 2018 4 min read

The smell of vinegar can keep your cats away from some specific areas and items in and around the house. Vinegar can work as an effective cat repellent and training tool.

Using Vinegar can make you prevent your cats from going to that your favorite furniture or any other area in the house. You can use it to your advantage especially if you have cats that scratch on your properties a lot. Most cats find the pungent smell of vinegar to be overwhelming and flee the area. Most cats have an acute sense of smell and are discouraged by new, foreign, and powerful aromas.

Vinegar for a cat repellent can be a humane, simple, and non-toxic solution. It is relatively safe to use around family and cats, but please use caution. We advise you to wear gloves and do not spray during heavy wind to prevent it from traveling into your eyes. Wash your hands after each use, and do not touch your eyes during use.

Mixture to use

When using vinegar for a cat repellent, you can decide to use unadulterated vinegar or simply dilute it with water. If you have any properties, personal items, or even plants that an undiluted vinegar can destroy, it is advisable to use a dilute mixture instead. You can experiment with different volume of water and vinegar that gives you the repelling results and at the same time doesn’t damage any of your properties. Best of all, vinegar is easy to find and easy to use to repel cats. You probably have some in your kitchen right now, so it can’t hurt to try.

Outdoor Spraying

You can spray diluted or full-strength vinegar outdoor on places like garden edges, fences, garden decor, posts, and even plants as a deterrent for cats. Place emphasis on areas where your cats are always going. The base of acid-loving plants is an excellent place to spray vinegar on, but you need to carry out research and tests before you can spray vinegar on leaves. The adverse effect of vinegar on plants is that some may turn brown. Vinegar may kill plants if used undiluted and in large amounts. Test different ratios of white vinegar to water until you find something that repels cats and is safe for plant use.

In some cases, some plants still maintain their green coloration. In addition, test unnoticeable parts of painted surfaces and garden decor before applying vinegar. You can apply the spray every couple of days to repel your cats. Apply the spray again to areas that have been washed up by rain or areas just watered.

Indoor Spraying

Vinegar can also be used indoors to keep cats away from furniture, rugs, cables, and other surfaces. It is advisable to use the minimum concentration mixture available that is still effective as a repellent. The reason for this is that you wouldn’t want a highly concentrated mixture to cause any damage to your clothing, fabric, and other sensitive surfaces. You also don’t want to stink up your home with this powerful and distasteful smell. Carry out tests to know if any damage is incurred when you use vinegar on some specific surfaces. Spray surfaces and areas indoors daily, or until cat habits begin to change. You can then use it as a preventative measure or to reinforce positive habits.


Soaking can be an option if spraying doesn’t get the job done. Soak a sponge, cloth, or rag in vinegar and place it in areas where you don’t want your cats. This method works for both outdoor and indoor purposes. You can keep the rag in a small container to prevent the vinegar from drying up so quickly. You can use it indoors to protect couches and outdoors to protect outdoor furniture.

Vinegar can work as a cat repellent when used properly. However, it may not work on all cats as some vary in preferences, behavior, mood, and sense of smell. Repelling and training cats, especially stray cats, can be no easy task. Cats can be stubborn and stuck in their ways. It often requires multiple sprays over a period of time. Be patient and persistent with your applications. If your cat is spraying or defecating in a particular area, clean up and deodorize the area before spraying with vinegar. Cats are attracted to these scents and will avoid the spray to remark their territory.

When all else fails

Try this liquid cat repellent.Cat MACE is the professional choice to repel stray and domestic cats from homes, gardens, flowerpots, and landscapes. This product repels cats through odors cats find repulsive. It works similarly to vinegar but is more effective and long-lasting. It comes premixed and has been tested and proven to work.

Vinegar for cat repellent

Cat MACEcomes in both granular and liquid application sizes and works fantastically when the directions are followed.


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