How to Keep a Cat Out of the Garbage

Keeping a cat out of the garbage is easy to do.
Keeping a cat out of the garbage is easy to do. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Curiosity can get the better of many cats. They seek adventure but may get into things they shouldn’t. Garbage cans are a good example of a possible play area for cats. If a cat gets into the garbage he can make quite a mess that you have to clean up. It is possible to train cats and modify their behavior, but there are other ways to keep a cat out of the garbage can.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage can with tight lid
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Spray bottle, sponge, cloth or paper towel

Use garbage cans with tight fitting lids.

Place the garbage can in an area the cat can’t reach. Options include placing the garbage under the sink or in a cabinet that has closed doors.

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. Spray the exterior of the garbage can. Cats are sensitive to smells and vinegar is a good, natural cat repellent. Other options include soaking a sponge, cloth or paper towel with white distilled vinegar and placing it near the garbage can. When the vinegar evaporates, spray more on the can or fill a sponge with the vinegar as needed.

Place a brick or heavy object in the bottom of the garbage can if your cat has a habit of tipping over the can.

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