Category Archives: Cat Deterrents

Eeeuuu… Scents That Cats Hate

Come around me with a peeled orange, and I’ll take off as fast as I can. There are some scents that cats hate, and citrus is one of them!

Scents cats hate can be used as a training tool.

Scents cats hate can be used as a training tool.

Are there any scents that cats hate, Thomasina? I’m trying to keep the neighborhood cats away from my flowerbeds. 
— Curious Gardner

Hi Curious…

Wow. I’m sorry the cats are using your flowerbeds. I’m sure you think that’s not very nice! Yes, there are some scents cats hate, and although it makes me feel very guilty, I’ll make a list for you in a minute.

But before we talk about scents that cats hate, I’d like to tell you how we see the world.


For Cats, It’s All About Time sharing 

Cats And The Power Of The Spray Bottle

Does spraying a cat with water work? Ummm… If you want him to be afraid of you, sure, it works great. But there are more effective ways to keep him away from places where you think he doesn’t belong.

 

Spraying a cat with water and getting him soaking wet is never a good idea.

Spraying your cat with water is a good way to make him afraid of you.

Does spraying a cat with water work, Thomasina? My cat insists on getting on the sofa. I spray him with a spray bottle, and he does it anyway. And to make things worse, now he seems to be afraid of me. What’s wrong with him????
— Frustrated

Hi Frustrated…

I’m sorry you and your cat are upset with each other. Spraying a cat with water rarely works out the way the humans want it to.

Really, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your cat. But he must be wondering what’s wrong with you! He has no idea why you keep aiming that weapon at him and getting him soaking wet when all he’s doing is trying to take a nap.

Cats don’t have a strong sense of personal property the way humans do. We think of things as “ours,” not “yours” and “mine.” So when you’re not using the sofa, your cat doesn’t see any reason why he can’t sleep on it.

Maybe you could give him his own little corner of the couch. If you put a soft throw or cat bed in the spot that’s okay for him to use, he’ll probably sleep there, especially if you sprinkle his special place with catnip.

Why The Spraying A Cat With Water Theory Is All Wet