Make Your Own Cat Deterrent and Keep Your Cats Out of Specific Areas

Curiosity Killed the Cat, but Can a Deterrent Save It?

Can a cat deterrent really save nosy cats? We all know that cats are very nosy creatures. They wanna explore the world and are restless when placed in one spot. This can be a problem for cat owners with gardens or expensive furniture in living room. Cats can scratch your furniture, jump on counters and turn stuff over, and do other nasty stuff as well.

Unwanted behavior is nothing new for cats, but thankfully, you can stop it by using a cat deterrent. You won’t pay for it, of course. We’re going to show you how to create a DIY natural cat repellent that will stop your cats from ruining your home or garden.

How to Keep Cats Away

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Whether it’s keeping your cats away from the garden or keeping them from specific areas of our home, we’ve all dreamed of ways to do it. There’s nothing to be ashamed of – cats can really be nasty sometimes. Why let them ruin your garden plants by trumping them over or peeing on them or let them scratch your pricy furniture? Don’t worry anymore – that time might be coming to an end.

You can easily buy a cat repellent spray online for cheap nowadays. However, most don’t even work. Your cat might be deterred the first time, but the more you use it, you’ll see how ineffective it is. These things can get pricy and to be honest, there’s no cat repellent spray that works 100% of the time.

So, how to keep cats away from specific areas or the garden? Well, you’ll be glad to know that you can make a natural cat deterrent with ease and prevent your cats from ruining your home.

What Is a Good Cat Repellent?

A proper cat repellent will prevent your cats from destroying your garden or your home. Many people have used tin can tied on a string to stop their cats from going there. The noise aluminum makes when the wind blows makes cats uncomfortable, so it should work for some kitties.

Others invest in a motion-activated water sprinkler. Whenever the furry intruder walks nearby, the sprinklers will activate and get them wet. It’s an effective method for cats as well as racoons, rats, and even skunks, but it can be pricy.

Using a cat repellent spray won’t do you much good outside. Cat repellent plants such as lavender, geranium, penny-royal, and rue might work, but you’ll need to find seeds and plant them, so it’s not exactly a timely solution. It’s a solid one, though, as these plants will make your home and garden smell beautiful.

But, enough with ineffective solutions. We’re going to show you how to make a simple natural cat deterrent that has done wonders for many people around the world. It’s based on oranges since cats hate citrus and how it smells. You’ll need orange peels for it, some lemon juice, and a citrus-scented dish soap. It doesn’t take a scientist to make it and since it’s cheap, there’s no point in not giving it a try.

Citrus-Based Natural Cat Deterrent


  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ a lemon (juiced)
  • 2 cups of orange peels (fresh)
  • Lemon-scented dish soap


Take a pan and bring the water to a boil. In the meantime, make yourself a glass of orange juice to get your energy and vitamin C levels up. Save 2 cups of orange peels and make sure to remove the white stuff from it as much as possible. Chop the peels up and put them in a pot. Pour the boiling water over them, return the pot to the oven, and continue boiling on medium heat.

You’re halfway there with your cat deterrent. After 15 minutes, let the liquid cool down. Strain it through a sieve, then pour it in a plastic spray bottle. Add the lemon juice in and the dish-soap. Shake well, then use this natural cat repellent spray all around your home or garden.

Why Do Cats Hate Citrus Scent?

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If there’s one things we can say for sure about cats it’s that they hate citrus scent. Many will say they hate oranges. It’s not just about oranges – cats hate limes, lemons, and all other citrus fruits. Although we don’t have the scientific details behind this fact, it’s a piece of valuable information for cat owners who often use a natural citrus-scented cat deterrent in the garden.

The one we’ve shown you how to make is simple to prepare and will deter your cats from scratching furniture, ruining your garden or simple keep them away from specific areas in your home. Thanks to this homemade cat repellent spray, you’ll be able to keep your home and garden intact without scratch marks or destroyed plants.