This is our sweet Macy Grace. She's one of our two cats, and that lovely piece of furniture is my new couch, and their new favorite scratching post. I am not pleased. I get it though...cats need to scratch. Let's not pretend like Macy Grace and Pearl don't have scratching posts...they do. They'd just rather help me break in the new couch I guess. Also, Pearl has decided that she prefers the area behind Matt's chair to her litter box (which is always clean and she has always used). She's angry at us for bringing in Macy, and that's just too bad. We love them both...they are our babies, but the nonsense had to stop. I decided to try some things out.
At first, I tried making a spray using lemon and eucalyptus essential oils. They worked, but after doing some research, I realized that those essential oils were not safe for cats and dogs. So, I had to find one that was safe to use that would be annoying enough to them that they would stop using my furniture as a scratching post and that would deter them from using our living room floor as a litter box. I tried this new cat deterrent spray recipe made with rosemary essential oil, and it is working! The cats aren't scratching my couch or urinating on our carpet...WIN!
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What's in Cat Deterrent?
Dish Liquid ( Purchase HERE )
Rosemary Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
Clear Spray Bottle ( Purchase HERE )
How Do You Make Cat Deterrent Spray?
- Fill the spray bottle ¾ the way up with water.
- Add a few drops of dish liquid.
- Now, add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.
- Replace the lid and shake well.
Macy got a little nosy and wanted to check it out...she didn't stay long...I don't think she was too pleased with me.
Simply spray a bit wherever you want to keep the cats away. I only used it on the corners and arms of our sofa and the area behind Matt's chair where Pearl has been frequenting. We've been using it for a week and it works great. They don't seem bothered by it, they just avoid the areas where we sprayed it. They still jump up on our laps on the couch and are happy go lucky as usual...lots of purring and loving going on around here, and now mom is happy too! It's all natural, so there is no worry about hurting your cats at all!