Essential Oil Formula To Deter Cats From Scratching

Do you have a bad cat (or cats, like I do) who likes to scratch the furniture, curtains and other unwelcome places? It is a natural instinct for cats to want to scratch and sharpen the tiny little needles attached to those cute soft paws. But did you also know you can make an inexpensive and easy formula from Essential Oils to help prevent your cat(s) from scratching where they’re not supposed to? It only takes three simple ingredients, and an empty spray bottle.

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But first, I must warn you that Essential Oils are very concentrated, and should only be used in the recommended amounts, in order not to harm your pets. Cats are a lot more sensitive to these oils than dogs are as well, so please follow the proper dilution recommendations.

Below is a simple formula to use to deter your cat from scratching furniture and other unwanted areas. To start, you will need a 100ml spray bottle. In the empty bottle, add:

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 cup of water

You will need to give your solution a shake before each use, to be sure the essential oils a evenly blended. Remember, catching them in the act and using a spray bottle of water or shaking a container of something that makes a loud noise, can be effective too. It isn’t easy, but you can train your cats not to scratch. Patience and persistence!

Another word of warning: If you are going to use essential oils for your pets, please speak to a homeopathic vet, as some oils are very unsafe to use. For example, wintergreen, ylang ylang, or melaleuca (tea tree) oil should never be used on or near cats.

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, I moved to Canada in 1980 with my family. I was 10. I became homesick in my 20's, and longed for my beloved Scotland. Happily, I recently returned home for good! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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