How to make safe indoor cat repellent

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How to make safe indoor cat repellent
Cats can claw furniture if they are not discouraged with repellent. (JiriSebesta/iStock/Getty Images)

Cats make great house pets, but they can be hard on your furniture. When you own a cat as a pet, there are a few things to keep in mind. In addition to taking care of the necessary vaccinations, food, water and other necessities, you also have to train your cat to stay away from certain items, such as poisonous houseplants or your leather sofa. There are ways to keep cats away from these objects, and the easiest way to do that is to mark them with a scent that cats find distasteful.

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Things you need

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Medium pot
  • 250 ml (1 cup) water
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Wide cup
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Place the water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 25 ml (1/8 cup) each of rosemary, lavender and cayenne or any two of these.

  2. 2

    Boil this solution for five minutes. Remove it from the heat and let the mixture sit until cool.

  3. 3

    Place cheesecloth or a fine strainer over a wide cup. Pour the mixture through the strainer.

  4. 4

    Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle. Spray repellent in wardrobes, near furniture, counters and skirting boards, around houseplants, and in rooms that you wish your cat to avoid.

  5. 5

    Respray weekly to keep your cat away.

Tips and warnings

  • Another spray repellent you can make is a vinegar repellent. Just mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Do not use spray bottles that have been used to hold any type of chemicals. You may end up accidentally spraying harmful toxins onto furniture and other areas in your home.

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