How to Use Eucalyptus Oil to Repel Cats

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Using eucalyptus oil to repel cats from gardens or porches is best done by diluting the oil and spraying it on the ground around flower beds and prohibited areas. Use eucalyptus oil, citrus oil or fresh citrus juice to deter cats from an area with help from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about how to use eucalyptus oil to repel cats. What we're talking about is using something to deter cats from gardens, porches, things like that. The first thing that you need to know is that eucalyptus oil is very, very strong and it's considered toxin to cats if ingested. It contains phenol which can damage the kidneys and the liver. So eucalyptus oil is an extract again that's very concentrated, very powerful. And so when use in a garden it's typically diluted very greatly. Check with your veterinary clinic first to make sure it's appropriate to use in your environment and to use to deter cats. But it is greatly diluted in water and generally sprayed at the corners of the garden or porch to deter cats. It has a very volitol smell to it and cats don't like that. A safer way instead of using eucalyptus oil which a lot of people use is citrus juices, like citronella. Also fresh oranges you can cut and put the orange juice on the corners or line areas to prevent cats from going through there. It's kind of a natural way of doing it. But again, be extremely cautious of eucalyptus oil because, again, it is very volitol and if ingested, can be fatal. So make sure it's very, very diluted and check with your veterinary clinic first.

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