How to use vinegar for cat repellent

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How to use vinegar for cat repellent
Vinegar can help you train your cat. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cats have sensitive olfactory senses, and certain smells will keep them at bay. Most cats detest the smell of vinegar, so it makes a great, eco-friendly repellent for your feline friends. Many cat owners use a vinegar solution to keep cats from using couches and draperies as scratching posts. When sprayed around the garden, vinegar keeps outdoor cats from chewing at plants and flowers. Also, spritzing a bit of the solution onto a naughty cat can help teach him or her how to behave.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White distilled vinegar

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  1. 1

    Fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part white distilled vinegar.

  2. 2

    Shake the bottle to mix the liquids.

  3. 3

    Test a small area of the fabric you want to spray. Spray the solution on an unnoticeable area to make sure the vinegar won't discolour the fabric.

  4. 4

    Spray the solution on or around any items that you want your cat to stay away from, such as furniture, window dressings, the kitchen counter, the washer/dryer, etc.

  5. 5

    Spray the solution on plant leaves to keep your cat from gnawing on or eating them.

Tips and warnings

  • Because the vinegar solution will evaporate over time, you will have to spray the areas frequently.

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