Vinegar for cat repellent

Vinegar for cat repellent

Vinegar for cat repellent 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,Vinegar for cat repellent 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 Cat MACE 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. Cat MACE comes in both granular and liquid application sizes and works fantastically when the directions are followed.


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Nicholas is a partner and co-founder at Nature's MACE. Nicholas received his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Penn State University. His mission is to create and promote natural substitutes for toxic pesticides. He hopes to prevent people, pets, and the environment from being negatively affected by potentially harmful pesticides.


  1. Anthony Lento on January 11, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    We have an outdoor cat that we have been taking care of for over four years now.
    She has been Trapped, Neutered, and Released.
    We would like to take her in but our indoor cat would never go for it and I do not have the patience at this stage in my life to start training either cat to get along with one another.
    We feed her three times per day(both wet and dry good quality food).
    She has a little house that has heated padding and a separate outdoor heater next to her little home that we put on when the temperature gets into the low 20’s and below(NYC).
    The home sits on a container that sits on top of a cart so that it is not on the cold ground. The shelter is snug up against my home with no chance of it moving at all.
    We also lined the outside of her house with Thermal Mylar Rescue Blankets.
    Her space is under an aluminum awing that is draped(during the winter)on three sides with heavy duty plastic to the ground(insulted from wind,rain and snow).
    My problem is (and I need sound advice) other cats wanting what she has and bullying her from her food and shelter(especially at night).
    She won’t defend her turf; she simply runs away until I go outside and chase away the other cats. I cannot keep doing this 24 hours a day.
    What can I do to deter the other cats without deterring my cat ?
    Can you help me with my problem?
    Thank you.

    • Sarah Rinaldi on September 8, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Anthony, you can try our Cat MACE granular and spread it in a barrier around where your outdoor cat inhabits. As long as you do it a little bit of a distance from your cat then they shouldn’t be deterred but the ones bullying the cat should be! You won’t have instantaneous results as it can take 7-10 days to deter them. Cats are territorial as I’m sure you know and so it may even look as they like it the first few days while they roll around and try to cover our MACE’s scent with theirs to reestablish their territory. Once they realize they can’t cover it they will give up and move on! Also, if they are feral and neighbors are feeding them, we’d suggest kindly asking them to stop as starving cats are difficult to deter.

  2. Luann Morin on February 27, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Okay I’m going to try it when I started feeding two black cats and I found out they live a couple blocks away and I didn’t know it so I need to get rid of them before the spring time because I let my cat out and these two black cats are pretty strong fellas
    I’ll let you know how it works

  3. Sharon on June 2, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Okay I’m going to try vinegar first cos we have outside cats but they want to come in the house. Every time someone comes in or goes out it’s a constant runway of cats. We’ll get this, so they don’t come in!!

  4. Glenda Collina on August 1, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Is Nature’s mace sold in NSW?
    Does it contain vinegar?I’ve got naughty cat who uses litter for number ones but not number twos.

    • Sarah Rinaldi on September 7, 2022 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Glenda, we currently do not ship outside of the US, but we absolutely are looking into it for the future! Our Cat MACE does not contain Vinegar! One suggestion I could give would be to get an enzyme cleaner and after cleaning their number two spray it, so they don’t keep returning to use it due to their scent being left behind! You may also want to consider a different litter or see a Vet to ensure it’s not a medical issue! Hope this helps and thank you for your comment!

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