Cat walk away - The most effective solutions

Although cats are not pests, they can be undesirable in certain areas - both indoors and outdoors. However, getting cats to "go away" can be difficult because cats are both curious and therefore roam everywhere, but they are also very much creatures of habit and tend to stay in the same places.

In this article, we review the most effective solutions for keeping cats away - outdoors and indoors.


Get Away Cat - Outdoor

Many garden owners have problems with cats walking in the flowerbed, defecating in the sandbox, hunting in birdhouses or fish ponds, laying on the car or the cushions of garden furniture, etc.

Here are some of the most effective ways to get cats to leave outdoor areas:

Knock Off - Stay Away

Knock Off - Stay Away is an extremely effective way to keep cats away from certain areas. It is also safe for humans, animals and the environment. It is based on a natural substance that has an odor that cats detest.

The product is available for both outdoor and indoor use:

Diafarm "Go away" spray

"Diafarm's 'Go Away' spray can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is sprayed on the area you want to keep cats away from.

You can buy Diafarm "Go Away" spray here.

Cocoa chips in the garden/flower bed

Bridge cocoa chips in the flowerbed or elsewhere in the garden. The tile smells like coffee, which cats can't stand.

In addition, the tile acts as a ground cover that effectively keeps weeds and slugs away.

You can buy cocoa chips cheap here.

Go away cat plant

There is a plant with the Latin name Coleus Caninawhich has no official name in Danish, but is known by some as "Kattens skræk". The plant got its nickname because it is said to keep cats at bay. However, the plant is difficult to find and it's also hard to find reliable sources that can confirm its effectiveness.



Get Away Cat - Indoor

If you want your cat to stay away from certain areas of your home or specific furniture - such as a sofa, bed, kitchen table, etc. - you can use one of the following solutions:

Petsafe SssCat Spray

Petsafe SssCat Spray is equipped with a motion sensor that detects your cat's movements and triggers a spray and/or sound when your cat moves into areas you don't want it to.

The spray is fully automatic and can be used to teach your cat where it is forbidden and where it is allowed. This is a very effective, safe and painless way to train your cat. The spray is intended for indoor use only.

You can buy Petsafe SssCat Spray here.

Petsafe cat spray can be used for cat training

Diafarm "Go away" spray

"Diafarm's 'Go Away' spray can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is sprayed on the area you want to keep cats away from.

You can buy Diafarm "Go Away" spray here.

Lemon oil

Lemon oil has a pungent scent that cats don't like. Therefore, you can use the oil to keep cats away from certain rooms by applying a small amount of the oil to the floor, door frame, etc. Similarly, the oil can be applied directly to the furniture you want the cat to stay away from. However, if you apply the oil to a piece of furniture, it should be applied in a place where it won't stain visibly.

The lemon oil works, but is not nearly as effective as the spray above. The lemon oil can also be used outside.

You can buy a recommended lemon oil here.

Double-sided tape or tin foil

Double-sided tape or tin foil can be used on furniture (such as a sofa) or areas of the home where you don't want your cat to go. This method is effective because cats don't like walking on sticky surfaces or tin foil, but it's not very practical. It also takes time and patience as the cat needs to get used to not being in those specific areas.


Ineffective products and impractical methods

Some sites claim that products with strong odors such as bone tar or deer antler ointment can be used to keep cats away - and indeed they can. The problem with these products, however, is that they smell so strong that they are unsuitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

In addition, there are a few other "get rid of cat" products on the market, such as gels, sprays and the like. However, most of these products are ineffective or at most as effective as the lemon oil recommended in this article (some of them are based on plant oils).

Ultrasonic products and cat scares with sound, light or water vary greatly in effectiveness and quality. Some products work, but it's hard to know which ones work best and how long they last. In our experience, these types of products are often a waste of money.

Finally, there is a method described by Jørgen Leth, among others, where you can get cats to leave the lawn by treating it with naphthalene and sulphur powder. However, this is bad advice as these substances are extremely harmful to humans, animals and the environment (the lawn is also damaged). Chemical mixtures are generally not recommended.


How do I choose the right product?

As seen in this article, there are several methods and products to keep cats away from specific areas. These should be chosen based on your specific situation. For example, keeping cats away from outdoors is a different task than keeping them away from certain areas indoors. Keeping cats away from flower beds is a different task than keeping them away from sandboxes, etc.

Not all methods work equally well for everyone. In other words, you need to identify the solutions that work best in your situation and then experiment until you find the solution that works best in practice.