Vinegar And Cats Are Not Compatible

Discourage a cat from sitting on a certain windowsill or other surface, or from scratching upholstery, by spraying white distilled vinegar on the item. Test first on an unnoticeable area to be sure there won’t be a discoloration.

Keep a cat out of a garden area by placing paper, a cloth, or sponge there that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar.

Remove cat litter odor by pouring ½ inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.

Cats hate the smell of vinegar. If you have a cat that is marking its territory around your house, spray the area with white distilled vinegar then rinse with a hose.

Stop cats from fighting with each other with a spritz of a white distilled vinegar and water solution.

Prevent cats from eating your plants by spraying the leaves with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water.

Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.

Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.


19 responses to “Vinegar And Cats Are Not Compatible

  1. I wish I had known this a few years ago when a wandering kitty decided her favorite place to hang out was in my vegetable garden. At first I enjoyed her company when I was pulling weeds but she became territorial and ill-tempered. I had to repeatedly chase her out with a rake to remind her whose garden it was.


  2. Oh this is so timely for me! I love my Kitty, but it drives me mad when she is in my garden… Thank you!

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    • Cats in gardens are often a problem. I hope a bit of vinegar sprayed around your flower gardens is helpful.
      Please let me know how well this works in your garden.
      Happy Gardening


  3. I’ve got a certain windowsill that our cat jumps up to via a little table with knick-knacks on it that he’s almost broken a time or two. Was wondering what might deter him, and now I know! Will try it. Thanks!

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  4. Will cider vinegar work too? We have cats roaming the neighborhood at night, and they’re peeing on the plants I JUST PUT IN MY GARDEN!! IF I spray the plants with vinegar, will that kill the flowers, or be ok? (see my blog to see what flowers I’m talking about) Thank you for this information.

    John 3:16-21

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    • It seems to me white works a bit better, but you have little to loose by spraying with cider vinegar.
      DO NOT spray your valued plants with vinegar. Vinegar acts like a weed killed and at best will severely damage your flowers and at worst kill your flowers.

      Happy Gardening


  5. Vinegar the miracle fluid. We us a mixture of vinegar, detergent, peroxide and essential oils to spray on pet accidents because we have two very aged dogs (19 and 12) living in the house. This solution works well and prevents staining, but I wouldn’t use it on carpet, we have pavers as a floor.

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  6. Kind of made me smile in thinking about a combination of
    vinegar, water, and baking soda are good for removing rust.
    Don’t advise the same formula for cats, just saying.

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  7. Wow – this is super helpful. We have a formerly feral cat we took in a few years ago & she is super sweet & we love her – but she pees all over the place. Going to give this a try.

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  8. Vinegar is good for cleaning everything. I keep a spray bottle of 50% white vinegar under the kitchen sink to clean windows, glass tabletops and spot clean the floor.It gets smudges off stainless steel appliances, too.

    The scent evaporates so quickly, I am surprised that it’s effective at keeping cats out of anything.

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  9. so if i use vinegar on the litter box and a little vinegar smell is left, wouldnt that discourage my cat from using it?? 😯

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  10. What a great simple tip I will be implementing this immediately .Thank you

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  11. Bet it will, but plan white no name vinegar seems to be most peoples choice, it’s cheap and can be found every where.


  12. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to keep my cats out of the garden for two years now! Do you think apple cider vinegar will work?

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