If cats digging in your garden or wandering through your yard are driving you crazy, deter them with spices ranging from the commonplace to the exotic. Indoors, you can place some spices in sachets to keep Kitty away from certain places, without dealing with loose spices scattered on the floor or furniture.
Spices That Deter Cats
An Orange a Day Keeps the Cat Away
Cats don't like the smell of citrus. Although it's most effective to use peels in the garden, that's not practical to keep Kitty away from items around the house. Various citrus spices can do the trick indoors and emit a pleasant aroma for non-feline olfactories.
If you're familiar with Middle Eastern or Indian dishes and spices, you may have heard of asafetida. This strong spice -- more pungent than garlic or onion -- is used as a canine and feline repellent. It's likely to also keep rabbits or deer away from your plants.
Spicy Cat Deterrent Spray
Mixing a few spices along with other natural cat-repellent ingredients and water may deter even the most difficult felines. One recipe consists of:
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 3 or 4 drops of citrus essential oil
Place the ingredients in a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray it in and around your garden. Mix up a new batch and spray again after every rainstorm.
Cayenne and Mustard
- 3 part dry mustard
- 2 parts cayenne pepper
- 5 parts flour
Sprinkle the mix around the area you want to remain cat-free. Repeat the process after it rains.