How Can I Make a Homemade Dog and Cat Repellent?

You can use basic household items and equipment to make effective animal repellents that will keep cats and dogs from unwanted areas or activities. These repellents keep unwanted animals away without harming them. Avoid unwanted messes, animal fights and diseases with these homemade remedies.

  1. Use household items as repellents

    Use ammonia and vinegar in your yard to produce a smell that deters dogs, and place citrus to repel both dogs and cats with the smell. Cats hate to step on aluminum foil. Apply a layer of aluminum foil around entryways to prevent them from stepping places you want them to avoid. Spray cats with water when they wander into your yard to reinforce to them that they are not welcome. Other items unpleasant for cats include pine cones, holly leaves and rose clippings.

  2. Choose where to apply repellents

    You can place ammonia and vinegar in your yard, but do not place it on vegetation. When applying citrus, avoid placing orange and grapefruit peels in areas that could prove unsightly, such as backyard areas and the perimeter of your yard.

  3. Replenish repellents often

    Maintain the strength of repellents that use odor to deter unwanted animals and to keep them from fading over time. Protect them from exposure to rain, which can wash the smell away. Apply these natural remedies on a regular basis, and reapply after inclement weather.