We have cats. We love our cats. Our cats love us. However….one of them is having some serious ‘sharing’ issues and his response is to spray everywhere in the house. And he is our favorite cat. So, removing him is not an option. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get him to stop but none have worked.
This has inspired tonight’s science experiment. After spending quite a bit of time searching on Google for home remedies I came across several that talked about creating a spray made from vinegar, spices and herbs. The herbs of “choice” are lavender, rosemary, and lemon grass, and the spice is cinnamon.
Taking several cuttings of the herbs from my garden and about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon, I boiled about 2 cups of water and poured it into a container with the herbs and cinnamon.
At this point, I performed an experiment. I walked up to all the cats (we have 4 – don’t ask why so many – we are house sitting my mom’s cat) and showed them the container. Always hopeful for a treat, they all walked up to the container and immediately raised their head and moved away very quickly. Winner winner, we have a winner.
After straining the mixture through cheese cloth into a spray bottle, I added 3/4 cup of vinegar and will go around the house, spraying the baseboards and areas of repeated attacks by my annoyed male cat.
By the way, it doesn’t smell bad to humans at all. In fact my husband thought I was making a curry. LOL.
I will report back later as to whether or not my humane treatment to deter my cat’s spraying worked. Or not.