View Full Version : Who knows of a Herb for naughty cats.....?

Phoenix Rising
13-01-2005, 19:35
Can someone tell me of a herb that will deter my old moggy from peeing in 3 certain places in the house? Although one of them the main one is in the toilet.
I've had to have steam cleaners and sanitisers a few times because of that old fluff ball. It's 9 lives has gone into debit with all the times I've threatened to ring it's neck.

13-01-2005, 19:48
Don't know about herbs, but have you tried black pepper? Lots of it!!!

Phoenix Rising
13-01-2005, 19:53
Hi huredriel

No I haven't tried anything yet, but I will try it! Thanx

13-01-2005, 20:24
I hear that Cyanne pepper too.
It's not an herb- but H2O in a squite gun works :D...unfortunately you have to catch them in the act.
Is your cat fixed?

13-01-2005, 20:42
As far as I know orange peel works best for convincing naughty cats not to pee somewhere. Apparently they either can't stand the smell or think that someone else got there first. Anyway, thats my suggestion.

Good luck

Phoenix Rising
14-01-2005, 05:47
Yes my cat is fixed, I've had her for 9 years and no kittens, she was the neighbours cat before that, but adopted herself to my family.
Thanks for all your suggestions guys!

14-01-2005, 06:03
Orange peel, grapefruit peel or lemon peel work best if you keep them fresh (every 4 days or so, they really hate the citrus oils). Limes & tangerine don't have the higher concentration of oils in the peel so they don't work as well.

If it's stress related, "Feliway" is a great cat pheromone to calm down anxious cats but check around for pricing. I was looking at the 75ml size bottle online which was $18 and the pet store had it for $35! A little goes a very long way. The liquid spray is better value than the diffuser.

Otherwise I've used a cleaner called 'dogtergent' that takes all the smell out of a carpet if the pet went the wrong place, because vinegar or soap and water just won't remove all the odors.

Is it a full bladder's worth each time? Or is it little dribbles? If it's little bits, you'll have to check for a bladder infection, cats who have those can't help where they go and use places outside the litter box because they get frustrated that they can't relieve the problem with the box. The only way to stop that kind of problem will be with antibiotics. It's not the cat's fault in this case.

Phoenix Rising
14-01-2005, 09:05
Orange peel, grapefruit peel or lemon peel work best if you keep them fresh (every 4 days or so, they really hate the citrus oils). Limes & tangerine don't have the higher concentration of oils in the peel so they don't work as well.

yes it certainly is a full bladder. I will try this, because I do have a orange disinfectant, I'll give it a good spray. Thankyou all.

14-01-2005, 09:09
I'd get your cat down the vets anyway, just for a general check up. At 9 they're classed as senior so it could be something that is to do with age. My cats are now coming up 12 (though they're still babies to me :) ) and one has a problem related to age in cats. At least that way you're mind will be put at ease.

Anyway, fingers crossed for a successful outcome!!!

x Huredriel

Bean Feasa
14-01-2005, 23:57
Orange essential oil is good too, Phoenix Rising - I use it to stop my new leather sofas from being used as scratching posts. A small drop rubbed on the seat of the loo and maybe around the base on the floor should do the trick.

15-01-2005, 00:48
The cat breeders here use Valerian in the litter box when there is this problem (Prague is still quite old-fashioned and herbal remedies are quite common). We tried it, and in fact it works. You just use a few drops IN THE PLACE THAT YOU WANT THE CAT TO USE (for goodness sake don't use it in the place you are trying to discourage them from!) Cats love Valerian and we found that a few drops in the litter box does attract them (unfortunately sometimes for ages - they tend to dig around like kids in a sand-pit) and somehow it does get them into the habit of going there.

It isn't a perfect solution, but if you want something entirely herbal and safe, it's really very good. I think you should be able to find the drops at a good herbalist, they are also used for people as a mild sedative.

20-01-2005, 08:59
When I was younger, a very long time ago :), My parents used to have alot of trouble with cats coming in the garden and pooing on the grass, digging up plants, usual cat-like things. One of my Mom's workmates told her of a plant that would stop the cats because they didn't like it.

My Mom arrived home with a couple of these plants, Dad planted them and then we forgot all about them. Time went on, a couple of years passed - cats still came into the garden but we had two dogs by this time so not quite so many cats.

These plants flourished and spread all over the garden - it was, we noticed, green and striped - and instead of being put off by it the cats seemed to love it. It took us quite a while to work out that Mom had been given Catmint or Catnip as its also called lol - this plant is the typical mint and Mom is still pulling it up from her garden :D

Phoenix Rising
20-01-2005, 09:04
Hi Emily, yes I was thinking about that catnip when I started reading your post.

Well I got some orange spray, and sprayed it around the places she goes. And it hasn't happened yet. She waits at the door for me to open to go outside. She didn't used to ever want to go outside, she'd run and hide from me, because she knew I would put her outside.
So thanks for your advice everyone.

23-01-2005, 06:34
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23-01-2005, 07:00
Often when a cat starts looking for alternative places to eliminate (and health problems have been ruled out, that's HUGE) something possibly happened to scare them while they were in the box. Are there other animals in your house, that could be blocking your kitty from getting to the box, or bothering her when she's in it? I had this happen in my house once, and had to play super-sleuth to figure out what was going on. Another time a client had a kitty who got freaked because her box was in the basement, and the furnace had to be repaired. The repair took a while and was very noisy, and a pipe or something probably whacked the box while she was in it, and the cat wouldn't go in the basement again.

Another common thing that puts cats off is if you changed the litter--some cats are pretty fussy about the type of litter that they like, and may particularly hate perfumed stuff.

As for health problems, inappropriate urination can be a symptom of a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, diabetes, and a host of other things. If you haven't already taken her to the vet, I strongly, strongly recommend that you do so.

A great forum for pet info (and friendly people) is www.goodpaws.org. Good luck with this!