Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Keep Cats from Scratching Furniture with a Homemade Citrus Spray

I love my cats! They are indoor cats and I refuse to have them declawed. I'm not knocking anyone who does, I have friends and family who do. It's just my own personal preference to not have my cats declawed. However, when it comes to my furniture, it can be a problem sometimes keeping them from scratching. Cats are territorial and scratching is a completely natural behavior. They're really not intentionally trying to destroy your house. Providing them with scratching posts will definitely cut it down but it doesn't stop them completely (at least not mine). I don't know a sure way of stopping them but I do know one thing, cats do not like the smell of citrus. So I figure if I use this simple and cheap homemade solution it might help keep my cats from scratching the furniture and rugs.

Basically it's a homemade version of febreeze but using citrus oil in place of any other fragrance. A homemade citrus spray to keep cats from scratching furniture and rugs.

You will need an empty spray bottle. Mix together;
1 T. baking soda
2 cups water
10 drops of lemon or orange essential oil
Spray on unwanted areas in the home, where your cat likes to scratch.

What are your ideas to keep cats from scratching the furniture up?

1 comment:

  1. Curious, what is the purpose of the baking soda? Des it eliminate the existing 'marking' odor they smell? Seems like such a marginal amount, I'm sure it won't hurt my furniture, but I'm still curious:) Thanks!