The Ultimate Homemade Cat Repellent Spray

A homemade cat repellent spray is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of cats in your garden without needing expensive electronic devices. The great news is that you knock a batch of spray together at home. So, how do you make a cat repellent spray?

What is the Best Cat Repellent Spray?

You probably know that every cat is different and what one cat might hate, another might love. That’s why it’s impossible to give a definitive answer to the best cat repellent spray.

Instead, you’ll need to run a few experiments, with different cat repellent sprays, in your garden to see which does (and does not) work with the particular cat you’re trying to get rid of.

Before you get to using these repellent sprays, make sure you’ve got a good-quality spray bottle that disperses a liquid widely over your garden:

Below we’ve outlined our top homemade, natural, DIY cat repellent sprays for you to try out. Make sure you let us know how you get on with these:

Vinegar Cat Repellent Spray

If you don’t mind the smell of vinegar, you can use that to create a homemade spray. All you need to do is mix vinegar and liquid hand soap in equal measures. Give the solution a shake and spray it on outdoor areas where cats usually frequent.

As you already know, vinegar has quite a strong scent and doesn’t dissipate easily. One of the great things about this particular recipe is that you’ll likely have some vinegar at home – it doesn’t really matter which type of vinegar you use in this homemade cat repellent spray either!

That means it won’t cost you a penny to create this cat repellent spray!

Garlic, Pepper, and Lemon Cat Repellent Spray

If you’ve already tried the vinegar spray and found it hasn’t been quite as successful, it’s time to take things up a notch. A proven formula is the garlic, pepper, and lemon cat repellent spray.

You’ll need to use crushed garlic, as the dried version won’t be as effective. Add a clove of garlic to the mix, and then add plenty of lemon juice. Next, sprinkle some pepper on top and let the whole mixture sit for 24 hours.

Once the time is up, you can then strain the liquid into a spray bottle. You only need to use a bit of the spray as it’s very potent indeed! Again, it’s another recipe where you will already have the ingredients at home.

The only downside to this concoction is that it’s also good for warding off humans as well! Still, as long as it does the job it’s intended to do, that’s all that matters.

Is Chilli Powder Toxic to Cats?

Yes, chilli powder can make cats sick. Don’t be tempted to add some chilli powder to a cat repellent spray. You might not know it, but chilli will make cats sick.

Does Chilli Powder Deter Cats

Lavender Cat Repellent Spray

There is no denying that lavender has a lovely aroma.

For centuries, people around the world have used lavender in many different forms. Lavender essential oil, for instance, gets used for aromatherapy and massages. And from a health point of view, lavender oil is useful as a natural sedative for when you’re feeling unwell.

This is why it may come as a bit of a surprise that lavender oil is also a good method of warding off cats.

You can buy lavender essential oil online or from any High Street health shop. Simply add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water, and you can use the spray anywhere in your garden.

It’s fine to use the spray on fence panels, walls, and even on soil and plants! Be sure to give everywhere a good coating of the spray. You can always make up some more if you run out.

If you want a quick, easy and natural cat repellent spray for the garden then this is the one to try!

Lavender Repels Cats

Cinnamon, Rosemary and Vinegar Spray

Here’s a recipe that is not used as often but should be because it’s got a high success rate!

To create this cat repellent spray, you first need to boil half a litre of water. Once the water has reached boiling point, add in a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon and dried rosemary. Mix it all together and leave it to stand overnight.

Next, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar and pour the contents into a spray bottle. Give it a good shake, and then you are good to go.

It will smell like something you’ve probably never smelt before. But, the advantage of this mixture is that it’ll keep those cats away from your garden. It’s worth remembering that if an aroma is potent to you, it’ll be up to 30 times stronger for cats.

This combination is potent… And that’s why it works!

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Citrus Cat Repellent Spray

A quick and simple way to deter cats from your garden is to make up a lemon spray for cats. Some people dilute the lemon juice with water, but it’ll be most effective if you use it neat. Lemon juice is available cheaply from virtually all supermarkets in ready-to-go bottles.

You can, of course, buy some online and have them delivered to you. Or if you’ve got a supply of lemons at home, you could squeeze the juice out of them instead. In any case, it’s worth noting that cats abhor the smell of citrus.

Sure, you could substitute lemon juice with orange juice or citronella, for example. But, lemon juice is a quick, easy, and cheap way to make a homemade, natural cat repellent spray.

Don’t be afraid to coat everything outdoors with this citrus spray for cats, such as fence panels, paths, soil, and so on. For a start, you could focus on the entry and exit points for cats in your garden. Doing so will most likely keep the cats away. But, you can spray other areas where they visit as well.

Do All Citrus Fruits Repel Cats?

Yes, pretty much all common citrus fruit is disliked by cats including lemons, oranges and limes.


Do you still have questions about making your own homemade cat repellent spray? Give these a quick read then:

How Do You Make a Citronella Spray for Cats?

Take a spray bottle and fill almost with water before adding in 5 drops of citronella oil. Seal the bottle then give it a good shake to combine before spraying it around your garden.

What Can I Spray to Keep Cats Away?

Anything will a strong, punchy smell will usually keep cats away. Many essential oils mixed with water or vinegar will work well in a spray.

5 thoughts on “The Ultimate Homemade Cat Repellent Spray”

  1. How can I use my fresh rosemary and or fresh citronella in your cat repellent recipes instead of the essential oils ? Do I boil them in water and use in your recipes or do I dry them and add them ? Or just pick them from my garden and put it in . Thank you so much .

  2. You should be able to just pick them and use them fresh. It can be a good idea to bruise them a little so that they release their oils. You only need to roll them up and give them a squeeze to do this.

  3. Thanks! The #4 Lavender oil suggestion helped in a pinch. We have a new indoor kitten that I’m training. To make sure the lavender oil would be an adequate deterrent I first put some on a napkin and had him smell it. He scrunched his nose up and shuffled backwards like he’d been startled. Second, I rubbed an area where he’s been adamantly pawing (he of course runs when he sees me coming), he smelled the area, squeaked, and walked away defeated to his scratch post. 👍🏽

  4. Lavender certainly doesn’t work. The cats use my lavender bed as their own private toilet!

    But spent coffee grounds seem to work. Also effective against snails and slugs😁


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