DIY Cat Deterrent - Stop Furniture Scratching and Urinating on Carpet

I love my cats, but when they started scratching my new couch and one of them started urinating on an area of our carpet, I had to find a solution. I wanted to be sure that it was safe for them, so I did a ton of research and came up with this all natural, chemical free cat deterrent spray. It smells great and works like a charm. My cats don't seem upset, they just avoid the area where I spray it!
That's Macy Grace...our kitten. She came up to the table while I was photographing the cat spray and quickly sniffed and left...she is not a fan of the smell.
You will need clear dish liquid, eucalyptus essential oil, lemon essential oil, water and a clean spray bottle.
Fill your spray bottle 3/4 full with water, then add a few drops of the dish liquid.
Now add the essential oils.
Shake well and spray where you don't want your cats to scratch or urinate. It's always best to make sure that if your cat has urinated on your carpet that you clean it thoroughly to remove the cat urine odor. If there is an area in your home that you don't want your cat to visit, use this spray there as well...they will avoid going around the smell. For the exact recipe and many more homemade cleaning solutions, click the link below and visit my blog!

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  • Deborah Paskow
    on Mar 25, 2019

    Will concentrated lemon juice and water work

  • Connie S Hayes-Forte
    on May 2, 2019

    Would this work elder dogs who pee every where now. I swear I let her out and she'll come in a pee.

    • SAM
      on Oct 30, 2019

      Spray organic Apple cider vingar on spots and generally all over your carpet ,as it dries the smell will go away to humans but dogs can still smell this ,it's all natural and good for them and they won't go where you spray.

  • Robin R Moore
    on Feb 3, 2020

    How Can I Stop My Cat From going under the couch she’s torn up everything under the couch and I here crunching noises when she goes under there how can I stop her?

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  • Anna Mintz
    on Mar 2, 2019

    DO NOT DO THIS. Lemon and eucalyptus essential oils are HIGHLY POISONOUS if ingested by a cat, even if diluted!

    While it is true that some essential oils can be safe for use around animals, some are absolutely not. Cats' livers cannot produce the enzymes necessary to break down certain oils and they will be poisoned to death if they lick at ANY spot that's been treated with them.

    • Puu7527274
      on Mar 7, 2019

      Thanks Anna.I never try anything with my kitties unless vet approved.

  • Jenny
    on Jun 22, 2019

    WOW! Thanks Anna, have just written down these ingredients to use on my new chair that Tuppence thinks is her new scratch post. I’m going to stick with trying double-sided tape. Apparently cats hate the feel of it 🤞🙀😿🐾🐾😊

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