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What Smells Deter Cats From Peeing In The House and On All Your Stuff!?

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Cats are wonderful creatures, but sometimes they have weird quirks that humans just don’t understand.

One of the most loathed is scent marking and a desire to pee where they should not be peeing, like on the carpet!

For your cat, this is natural, and he doesn’t see what you’re so upset about. However, for the people, this is an awful habit that can be hard to break, and in many cases, cats are stubborn.

So, what do you do?

Well, the most effective method for breaking your cat of this habit is making the areas where he’s peeing unattractive.

That’s why in this article, we’re going to talk about scents that deter cats.

What Smells Deter Cats From Peeing?

There are actually a number of scents that are offensive to the feline nose while being perfectly lovely to humans! However, you might have to try a couple of them to find one that your cat particularly dislikes. Here’s a list of scents to try!

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Vinegar
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon

So, Which Scent Works The Best For Deterring Cats?

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Concentrated orange oil was most effective for us.

For me, orange was the best scent for deterring my cat from peeing where he wasn’t supposed to. Or, more specifically, this product called Green Gobbler concentrated orange oil.

After we moved, our cat was understandably a little upset about the whole ordeal. After all, it was a cross-country trip to a new state.

Unfortunately, he dealt with this stress by hiding somewhere and peeing outside his box.

I thought he’d get better after things calmed down, but sadly he’d already burned this new activity into his brain and no matter what I did to try and reinforce the correct behavior, it didn’t work! That’s when I picked up the orange oil.

How To Stop Cats From Peeing On Carpets With Orange Oil!

Step 1: Thoroughly clean any soiled areas

You need to thoroughly clean wherever it is that your cat has peed to remove that scent and break the behavior. This is best done through an enzymatic cleaner, and this one worked wonderfully for me. Just spray the foam on the carpet, let it sit, and then scrub it out.

If you don’t remove the scent then your cat will likely keep going in that spot as they’ve now established it as “the place to go”. You need them to find a new place, the litter box and establish their routine there.

Step 2: Religiously spray the areas where your cat is peeing

The idea here is to make the areas where the cat is peeing as unattractive as possible so they decide on their own to pee somewhere else! I sprayed the orange oil on those spots everyday until he got the idea.

If your cat is going on the carpet, then I’d advise spraying around all the corners. They tend to like to pee in those areas rather than the middle of the floor, because it’s more private. Plus, if you don’t, they’ll likely just find a new carpet patch to pee on.

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Step 3: Make the litter box more attractive to your cat

The next step involves evaluating your litter box situation. Why did your cat stop going in their box? Did you move it? Change the litter? Are there new people or animals in the house that the cat is afraid of?

Cats can be weird about using the litter box, because it puts them into a position where they are vulnerable. Getting a covered box, or even just moving it to a less busy area may improve things dramatically and make it easier to convince your cat to go where he’s supposed to.

Oh, and that also means keeping the scent you’re using to repel them away from the litter box! Don’t spray anything too close to it or your cat might decide the litter box is bad altogether.

We tried a litter attractant like this one, but it didn’t seem to do much. It might work for other cats though so I’m including it anyway.

Tips For Reducing Your Cats Anxiety Levels

In a lot of cases, such as for our cat, anxiety is the reason. The place we moved to has a lot of noise from neighbors, and he was not used to that at all. It added a ton of stress to our move and made it hard for him to adjust. If you believe your cat is going through the same, here are a few things to try.

Move The Litter Box

Is your litter box near a shared wall with noisy neighbors? Try moving it to a quieter spot, and if possible, to a hidden area. We actually had a linen closet which was not being used, and I put his box on the floor in there and closed the door a bit, making it more private.

Try Some Kitty Valium

Our cat has a lot of anxiety issues, so we got him one of these Feliway plug-ins. It wasn’t a miracle cure, but it did seem to calm him down a bit.

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Change Your Litter

Cats are weird about litter, and they will notice even small differences. It’s quite possible that your cat does not like his litter for whatever reason. It’s worth trying out a different brand or kind. We’ve had luck with the natural corn cob litter, which absorbs odor too!

Clean Your Box More Often

Some cats refuse to go in a dirty box, and they will let you know by peeing on something you care about. Try keeping the box cleaner and see if that helps the situation any. You might even consider picking up an automatic litter box to make sure it’s always fresh and clean when kitty needs to go.

Is There A Medical Reason At Play?

In some cases, cats avoid the litter box because there’s something else wrong that they can’t tell you about. Your cat could have a urinary tract infection and is avoiding the litter box because they associate it with pain.

They do sell some special litters that will alert you to any abnormalities in their urine. Put it wherever your kitty likes to do his business and it will change colors if there’s something wrong that requires a vet visit.

If you can’t get your cat to go on the litter due to his bathroom habits, then you might want to go to the vet anyway, just in case. The vet can give them some tests and an examination to see if there is a medical issue that is causing them to not use the litter box.


Michelle Rei

Michelle is a pet parent turned amateur pet product researcher. After adopting a fur baby with digestive issues caused by bad pet food, she's poured hundreds of hours into research to find the best of the best to help him and other pets live happier and healthier lives.
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