The combination of “cat + houseplants” can have dire consequences, ranging from figuratively gnawed leaves and ending with a broken flowerpot on the floor. In most cases, it makes no sense to punish a cat, and you don’t want to remove plants from its access zone, because they look so great exactly where they are. Fortunately, there is a way to leave everything in its place and save your plants from a terrible death.
To preserve your homemade greenery and not provoke the cat into crimes against plants, you can do smarter – make a cat repellent. A solution of plain water and essential oils will not harm your cat, plant, or you. On the contrary, the smell will be simply delicious.
How to Make Cat Repellent
For the spray you will need:
- A small spray bottle, such as a perfume sampler
60 g of water;
- lemon essential oil;
- essential oil of wild orange;
- essential oil of lavender.
Add two drops of each essential oil to the water, shake well, and spray on the ground in the pot and in the air around the plant. Try not to hit the plant itself, especially the leaves.
Cats have a very sensitive nose and just hate the smell of citrus and lavender. So your pet is unlikely to approach the plant again, and it will be safe.
If you don’t like how this mixture smells, you can try other essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, lime, and lemongrass.
As a result, you get a great smell in the apartment, better than any chemical air freshener, and whole plants.