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DIY cat repellant spray for plants


DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect

you guys know i love my cats more than most things in the universe, but i also love my house plants and i hate how they jeopardize that.

because cats are way more sensitive to smells than we are, they are less likely to mess with or chew on the leaves if they smell gross. so i made some repellant spray and it’s totally worked!

DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect


in your bottle, mix together 3/4 parts water with 15 drops of each essential oil. cats dislike eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint — just choose the ones you don’t mind the scent of yourself.

shake the bottle up and spray solution on the leaves of your plant and into the soil.

you can spray your plants pretty liberally, and you can add more or less oil depending on what works for you and your cats.

DIY cat repellant spray | almost makes perfect DIY cat repellant spray for plants | almost makes perfect

it’s only certain plants that the cats mess with — so we’ve been spraying all over them and they’ve completely left them alone. this stuff works!

DIY cat repellant spray for plants | almost makes perfect

rocky’s even cute when she’s eating plants. daaaamn she a qt.

41 comments on “DIY cat repellant spray for plants”

  1. My cats like to scratch on wicker furniture. I’m thinking this might work on that. Going to give it a try, I’ll let you know! Thanks!

    1. On furniture I’ve found that the best thing to use is cheap cheap cheeaaap perfume. Like the cheapest you can find. And it’s great because my cats like to fully destroy one chair of mine (just one I’m not sure why) but it keeps their smell of it and keeps them off it! It’s worked with three cats so far. I’m gonna this diy for the plants though

    2. I have more than 6 cats in my house. I faced a lot of problem with the cat it pees most of the time in front of the house and I never saw it peeing inside the littler box till recently My friend recommended a Cat spray no more product, I followed for a few days Now my cat is peeing inside the litter box, Now I am happy with this if anyone looking for the solution
      you can get the guide here >> cat.nowrichest*com ( replace * as . ) because I can’t post the link here. thank you

  2. Hi there,
    cool idea. I have cats too and I love plants. Thats why I just own cactus and succulents, they don’t chew on them! I owned some yucca trees before and tried to use a water/oil repelent on these plants. The only thing that happend was that the leaves turned brown. Some plants react very sensitive on oil. So I wouldn’t try it anymore. Or you use just a tiny drop of oil in your spray. Hope you have more success with it than I did:-)
    Greetings from Berlin

    1. Relatable. I have just taken up succs and cacs and my test plant was safe for 3 months so I thought I had a winner! Unfortunately, this morning several succulents had bite marks and some chewed off leaves. It is SO frustrating!! I was also worried about the oil causing damage to the sensitive leaves. Maybe an oil drenched popsicle stick sporadically poked in the soil would provide the same benefit? I think I will try it! I have all the oils mentioned above. I might do one with tea tree too as a natural bug repellent!

  3. Oh man, I have got to try this – my cat won’t leave my favorite plant alone so the ends of the leaves are all chewed off. Fingers crossed it deters the dog too (unlikely, but a girl can dream).

  4. The oil in the mix will not allow the plants to breathe through their leaves so you could end up with dead plants which defeats the object of this method.

    1. it’s a pretty light ratio of oil > water which is why i think it’s been fine on our plants so far — we’re basically spraying lightly scented water.

  5. I love this! We don’t have any because our cats have always picked at flowers, and we were worried they would do the same with house plants. Maybe we’ll give this a try!

    1. I didn’t know this! Back when I first moved to a new place, the lady who lived here before me had a dog who apparently peed a few places and no matter how many times I vacuumed or shampood the cats would not stop marking those spot. Peeing everywhere wiping the walls…such a drag. The only thing that stopped it was lavender essential oil spray. Didn’t know it was poisonous to them though! Oops. Don’t worry they’re fine though. ,’)

  6. Essential oils are very dangerous to cats. It will harm their liver. As limited as the risk of ingestion or skin contact may be, it seems overly dangerous. A safer option is hydrolats, which also has the smell but not the compounds that your cat’s liver cannot metabolize.

  7. I would caution against this. Essential oils are toxic to cats who lack the enzymes to break them down. Cats can absorb the oils by inhaling them, or through their skin. The effects are cumulative rather than immediate and can be fatal.

  8. You know lavender and peppermint essential oils are toxic to cats right? I would suggest buying non-toxic plants instead.

    1. So what about peeing in the dirt I have a fig tree that they love to pee in the dirt I’m ready to try just about anything next to a shotgun. I have a brand new hybrid dwarf fig tree that they will not leave the dirt alone it is their private P box I’m going to have to take three quarters of the dirt out rinse the roots of the tree and put in new dirt this is the second time

      1. Judi, I had a fiddle leaf fig (RIP) that my cats were drawn to…I rigged up a screen around the base of the tree that prevented them from jumping in but still allowed me to water the plant, etc. It seemed to work, they were afraid of the screen for some reason!

      2. I had some large pinecones that I put around the dirt and my cat no longer climbed in to use as a litter box….too uncomfortable to walk on.

  9. I don’t think you should make this for your cat…lot of research says that peppermint, citric , eucalyptus etc.. are dangerous to cats when they inhaled with only small amount.
    remember you are spraying it in your house and your cats are in your house

  10. Some of these oils are toxic to cats (and any oils that are not pure and contain phenol are extremely dangerous) – would be best to investigate before using.

    1. All four of the essential oils listed – peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavendar – are toxic to cats. I’d also recommend getting non-toxic plants. She may still want to chew on them, but at least she won’t get sick from them.

  11. My cat used to pee in the house can and made it smell like a litter box.

    It was incredibly expensive since I was forced to continually clean carpets and floors, and even replace furniture.

    Then I found a simple solution: Now I have a happy cat who is a pleasure to have around the house, rather than a smelly nuisance!

  12. Hi,
    I’m a bit confused about the proportions, aside from the 15 drops of essential oil, what is 3/4 parts referring to? 3 parts water to 1 part oil?

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