Asked on Sep 19, 2015

Stray cats keep urinating in our open garage

Yasmin Reyal
by Yasmin Reyal
How do we deter cats from urinating in corners. Apart from the stray cats visiting the open garage and using the corners, the house cats too once in a way get naughty. What's the best deterrent please?
  13 answers
  • Siana Hall Siana Hall on Sep 19, 2015
    They dont like pepper!
  • Eve Eve on Sep 19, 2015
    Ammonia. Works everytime.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 19, 2015
    try spraying a citrus deodorizer
  • Susan H Susan H on Sep 19, 2015
    I hope this doesn't sound too sarcastic, but have you thought about just closing your garage doors when you're not entering or leaving the garage?
  • Good luck, cat urine is the worse!
  • Connie Mar Connie Mar on Sep 19, 2015
    Would also recommend keeping your garage door closed, especially at night. Your cats may go in the garage because they smell the stray cat urine. Indoor cats will go outside their litter box typically for medical reasons, or the box isn't clean enough, or there aren't enough boxes (one for each cat plus one more), but also to mark territory if they are not spayed/neutered and there are other cats around. For safety reasons we keep our garage closed unless we are going in/out. Prevents thefts and house break ins.
  • Mae sekely Mae sekely on Sep 19, 2015
    Clean the space, hot soapy water, to the best of your ability. Then Try vinegar. Straight up. Use a sponge for awhile. Soak a few sponges in vinegar and place them there. Otherwise, As long as there is any odor of urine, cats will come back and reuse that spot.
  • Lajobes Lajobes on Sep 19, 2015
    After cleaning, I would purchase a four pack of old-timey mouse traps. (Dollar Tree has a pack for a dollar). I should take one time for a cat to get startled by setting off a trap. Cat shouldn't be hurt by the trap - I see cat jumping and running. Also, I think I read somewhere that vinegar is similar to the cat urine and should not be used to clean urine. I'd try something like Mr. Clean or Fabulosa. If all else fails, tie a dog out near garage to dissuade cats. Good luck!
    • Janie Janie on Sep 19, 2015
      @Lajobes White vinegar does not smell like urine. It is ammonia! It is excellent to remove the urine stains and odors. Best if mixed with water, soak the area and place clean white rags over to help pull the stains out. May have to be repeated until all gone. The cats may also be spraying and the vinegar treatment works the same way. Cat urine/spray is very difficult to control. But as written above, unless all of the urine/spray removed the cats will return again and again. As a rule cats dont go to the bathroom on solid ground/floor so I tend to think this is more spraying than urinating. They are marking their territory. Spraying is done mostly by intact male cats but neutered males can also do if they were neutered too late. And, there are some females too that can spray, they say, however I have never had that misfortune. Good luck. BTW, if you use a cleaner such as Mr. Clean etc., although it may smell clean, the scent is still there and the cats will be unaffected. You need white vinegar or an enzyme type cleaner specifically for the purpose of removing cat urine stains and odor to to the job. They tend to be expensive if doing a large area or where you need to repeat often that is why white vinegar is recommended. If you want to go the route of specialized cleaners, Unique and Nature's Miracle are two known to get better results. Amazon online or your pet store chain store. One more thing; after thorough cleaning, you could try putting down sheets of aluminum foil over the areas as cats hate the sound of it when walking on it. Or those clear heavy plastic carpet runners with the little spikey things all over the bottom, you turn it upside down and the cats will not walk on it. Good luck!
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Sep 19, 2015
    GO to the pet supply place. They've got a spray in a can (looks like a spray paint can) that's specifically made to deter cats. It's made for gardens, etc & they also got one for dogs too. Spray it heavily around the door frames (or wherever u need it) & they won't go near it. Hope this helps. :)
  • Z Z on Sep 19, 2015
    My first thought was to close the garage door too, but I wonder if they are talking of a carport?
  • Yasmin Reyal Yasmin Reyal on Sep 20, 2015
    I guess Lajobes has the best answer, rat traps. The garage gates are ribbed and these creatures can slip in from anywhere along the line. They r good jumpers too. Its a long area, holds a sedan and a smaller car and have used loads of bleach, liquid detergents etc but no sooner the smell disappears in 2-3 days, they are back. So I guess frightening them off might be a good idea. It once happened when I caught a rat with my bare hands, It was hiding under something and the corner was dark I mistook it for something else. We both shrieked and ran in different directions, I still feel the "feel" of it, a large black rat. They must be having a great relay system bcos that was the end of the rats. Anyway, thanks a lot for the tip on the mouse trap and the tips on white vinegar. Never thought of those. Thanks all
  • Donna Carroll Donna Carroll on Sep 24, 2015
    Cats do not like the smell of citrus. It requires replenishing but a citrus air freshener will keep them run off. I kept cats out of my flower beds for years with diced citrus peels.
  • Yasmin Reyal Yasmin Reyal on Sep 24, 2015
    Hi. What if I pour neat Pynol or a pine detergent on their popular spots......? Would they keep off for at least half a month pls