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Cat Deterrents: Do's and Don'ts

If you are looking for a tool to discourage your cat from certain behaviors, you could consider cat deterrents. Nevertheless, their effectiveness relies on proper use. Some examples of deterrents include chicken wire, deterrent spray, double-sided tape, and so forth. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get the most out of using deterrents.


  • Choose products that are safe for cats.
  • Test different solutions. Some deterrents are more effective with some cats than others.
  • Consider using deterrents in combination with one another. Two deterrents working together may achieve more than either alone.
  • Get ahead of your cat. Your deterrents will be most effective if they are there before your pet arrives. If you try to add them after the fact, they may come across as a punishment, which could increase stress or aggression.

Do Not:

  • Mistake cat deterrents for punishments. Never punish your pet.
  • Use toxic deterrents. For example, cats will usually avoid hemlock, but it is also poisonous. Do not risk your pet’s health with dangerous deterrents.

Something else you can do to modify your pet’s behavior is to offer alternatives. For example, instead of trying to keep your cat from sleeping on your router by covering it in double-stick tape, try getting your cat a cozy hammock.

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In fact, you may be most successful if you do both—apply a deterrent where you do not want your pet, and provide an alternative that your cat will like more.


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