Does Cayenne Pepper keep cats out of the garden?

There are times when your neighborhood cats don’t want to give you a break. They are always on your garden messing things up, and you’ve tried to put them off but to no avail consistently. Well, don’t just give up yet, there is a humane way you can achieve your desired goal, all with the help of cayenne pepper. Yes you read that right, cayenne pepper can help you fend off cats. Kitties hate the smell of cayenne pepper, and that’s one advantage that you have. So, you can simply sprinkle it around your plants, or you can choose to spray it, it doesn’t really matter what method you choose, you will still end up humanely keeping your cat away, and the extra good news is that cayenne pepper is not harsh on most plants.

Cayenne pepper

The actual chemical that repels cats away in cayenne pepper is capsaicin. There are lots of commercial cat repellents that utilize cayenne pepper and other natural oil like eucalyptus oil as their main ingredient. You can decide to create your own spray, in a simple way. All you have to do is mix water with a cayenne base ground flakes or hot sauce. To get the right mixture to spray on plants, mix 16 parts of water with one part of cayenne pepper sauce. The scent should be strong enough to keep cats off your yard or garden.

Application of the pepper

Cayenne pepper flakes can be ground into powder and placed on leaves, or you can sprinkle the flakes on the base of your plants. Just ensure you are extra careful when applying the pepper in any form as you wouldn’t want some entering your eyes and face. Use gloves at all times when working with cayenne pepper, so you don’t accidentally touch your face with your fingers full of cayenne pepper. Apply the pepper a minimum of once a week, or as many times as you want to keep the cats away.

Benefits to plants

There are some cool benefits that cayenne pepper has when it comes to plants. Apart from keeping cats away, it can also deter other animals such as rabbits, dogs, and squirrels. In addition, cayenne pepper can also serve as a natural insecticide against some nasty bugs like lace bugs, and spider mites that are harmful to plants. Currently, there is no known adverse effect of cayenne pepper on most plants, although it is advisable that you try the pepper on few leaves before you apply on the entire plant. As a precautionary move was all edibles, you’ve used the pepper on before consuming them.

Kitties and Pepper

There are some cats that are not affected by the cayenne pepper scent, and no matter the quantity you use, it won’t keep them off. But even at that, the pepper is still very much useful as it can get into such cat’s paws and fur whenever they walk in your garden and yard. Cats like to play with their paws, and chances are they will most likely rub their peppery paws on their eyes, leading them to be in severe pains. If you feel that might be cruel to the cats, you can use other less painful methods.


There are other repellents and deterrents that you can use to prevent cats from causing damages to your garden. Deterrents such as Cat MACE cat repellent, and there is always pine-cone mulch, citrus peels, can be as effective as cayenne pepper, they won’t cause as much pain as cayenne pepper would on your neighborhood cats. You can also utilize fencing and plant nets to acts as a blockade against cats.

If you can plant a kitty garden away from your main garden, then that can act as a distraction and lure the cats away from your yard and main garden. Use catnip and barley grass in the kitty garden, give your neighborhood felines another alternative than your main garden.


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