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 sprinkling orange oil around the areas…they didn’t care. Then I tried lavender…nope, no big deal to them. I tried this new cat deterrent spray recipe made with lemon and eucalyptic essential oils, and it is working! The cats aren’t scratching my couch or urinating on our carpet…WIN!
You will need a clean spray bottle, a small squirt of clear dish liquid, Lemon Essential Oils, Eucalyptus Essential Oils, and water.
Fill the spray bottle 3/4 the way up with water, then add a few drops of clear dish liquid. The dish liquid should be clear so it won’t discolor your fabric…it acts as a mixing agent for the oils and water.
Now add 10 drops each of Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil to the spray bottle. 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!
Original article and pictures take http://www.mom4real.com/homemade-cat-deterrent-spray-stop-scratching-accidents/ site