Hot chile as cat and dog repellent

byron_1(z10FL)October 15, 2005

Has anyone tried liquified hot chile sprayed on plants as a cat or dog repellent?

I am looking for a cheap, maybe homemade, repellent that will not harm animals.

Hope you can help.

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noob_master_flex(z6b NJ)

i know it will stop the cat or dog from eating the plants. people use it took stop pets from chewing furniture.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2005 at 8:53PM
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akheadbanger(z?? OH)

i dont know that i would want to spray it on the plant, maybe you could try spraying it around?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 6:16AM
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Vertigo6911(Holland USDA 8a)

cayenne pepper is a very old trick to mask ones trail from a dogs sensitive nose...

ofcourse it prolly needs to stay dry to be effective.

are u sure the problem is dogs and cats?
ive herd from alot of outdoor growers that birds are the most commen cause of an upturned outdoor CP garden...

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 6:29AM
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"cayenne pepper is a very old trick to mask ones trail from a dogs sensitive nose... "

How do you know this? Has it been aproved by the Americans for Runing From The Law People?

Ha ha hehe....he?

Well they do not seem to be around my CPs, they are sometimes around my orchids. They do that very rearly though. But I am curious about the stuff. I woder if it can also prevent slugs and snails from crawling from the pots to th e plants.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 12:28PM
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Vertigo6911(Holland USDA 8a)

"How do you know this? Has it been aproved by the Americans for Runing From The Law People? "

yeah something like that...
its a folklore thing, kayenne used to be aka 'dog pepper'
during midevil times.
though im sure any ol pepper would do...

when it comes to snails the thing to do is make a beer trap.
put beer in a container where the snails can get to it easy
and they will dorwn themselves in it...

    Bookmark   October 21, 2005 at 5:48PM
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Cat Deterrents for your Garden:

Keep in mind that each cat is different (like people), a deterrent that works for one may not necessarily work for another. On the plus side, most cats will keep pesty squirrels, moles and other critters out of your garden. They're great for keeping out moles, rabbits, squirrels, and other critters which can do more damage in your garden than a cat ever will. If the cats have owners, talk to them without being confrontational. The cat owner who allows his cat to damage other peoples' property is as guilty as the cat hater who kills the cat for trespassing. Remember, cats will be cats, and it is unfair of us to blame them for being what they are and how nature intended them to participate in this world.� After-all, we praise them when they catch mice or rats or other creatures we deem to be 'pests'.

* amonia soaked (corncobs, etc)
* aluminum foil
* bamboo skewers
* black pepper
* blood meal fertilizer
* bramble cuttings
* Carefresh - "recycled" wood pulp
* catnip - donated into your neighbor's yards (so they'll stay in their own yards)
* cedar compost
* chicken wire (metal or plastic)
* cinnamon
* citrus peels
* citrus spray
* cocoa bean shells
* coffee grounds -fresh & unbrewed, not just a light sprinkling (highly recommended by MANY Gardenwebbers!)
* dogs
* electric fence for animals
* essence of orange. essence of lemon, lime (citrus essential oils)
* fresh manure(ditto)
* garlic cloves
* gumballs from the Sweet Gum Tree
* gutter covers
* hardware cloth
* heavy bark mulch
* holly leaves
* keep the area damp, they like dry soil
* lavender
* liquid manure (good for your garden too)
* motion sensor sprinkler
* pennyroyal
* pinecones
* pipe tobacco
* plastic forks
* predator urine
* red wine vinegar
* river rocks over the exposed soil
* rocks, crushed
* rose bush clippings
* rue, an herb (Ruta graveolens) (highly recommended in plant form only)
* short twigs throughout the planted area about 6" apart
* six-inch bamboo skewers (pointy side up)
* Spray on your leaves (not the cat): fill a spray bottle with 1/2 t chili powder, 1/2 t cayenne pepper, 1 t dish soap and water
* squirt gun with water
* talk to your neighbors
* tansy
* thorny berry, lilac, hawthorn, rose clippings
* toothpicks
* upside down vinyl carpet
* vinegar sprayed on areas where they roam
* water bottle on "stream"

*** chili powder, red crushed pepper, cayenne pepper (NOT recommended), it gets on the cat's paws then they wash themselves and they get it in their eyes, beware cats have literally scratched their eyes out because of this. Even if it's one cat out of 500 infected in this way, that's one too many for me.
*** Don't ever use mothballs or flakes. Those little toxic waste pellets destroy cats' kidney function, could seriously harm people who handle them, and yes, contaminate your own garden soil. Their packaging even warns against using them this way.

Give them their own areas:

(To keep them out of where you don't want them)
(If you don't mind them protecting your garden from other critters)

+ pick the cat up and bring it to eye level with the plant to see and smell it up close. She noted that once her cat has seen and sniffed at the plant, she usually doesn't bother with it later.

+ give them their own plants - i.e., pots of grass for her to chew on and a place in a large planted container on her balcony with some miscanthus grass in it (the cat likes to curl up in that for some reason)

+ if the cats are strictly indoors and attracted to your houseplants, grow catgrass for them. If someone forced you to remain inside one enclosed structure all your life, you might be attracted to the plants too.

+ Barley Grass
+ Any type of "catgrass" from the pet store
+ Carex elata 'Bolwes Golden' but put it in some shade
+ Catmint Nepeta mussinicultivars (Simply put, Catmints are Catnips without any culinary or feline use. In any case, they are, however, phenomenal, long flowering, hardy perennials that belong in every fairie or flower garden.)
+ Catnip Nepeta cataria (in your own yard) The oils of which also work as a mosquito repellent that works 10 times better than Deet! Catmint is the common name for all varieties of Nepeta. Catnip is the common name for the specific variety of Nepeta called nepeta cataria, which is the variety that cats are most attracted to.
+ Cat Thyme (Teucrium marum)
+ Flax
+ Oat Grass
+ Jacob's Ladder
+ Lemon Grass
+ Loose soil and mulch like small bark mulch
+ Mints
+ Purple Fountain Grass so the cat lays in the long leaves all day. Maybe put something in that the cats really like and - you know cats won't winky were they like to hang out.
+ Sandy area
+ Silver vine (Actinidia polygama)
+ Striped Ribbon Grass (can be invasive)
+ Sweet grass
+ Trificum aestivum (type of cat grass)
+ Various Varieties of Cat Mints (Catnips)
+ Wheat Grass
+ Wheat Berries
+ Valerian

This list compiled by Violet_Z6, email at for comments and suggestions regarding this list.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2006 at 6:47PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Just remember YOU are the one that will have to live with it if a cat scratches it's eyes out because you sprayed hot pepper on anything a cat touches and possibly face criminal charges. I wouldn't hesitate to press charges if you did that to one of my cats. Orange oil will keep cats away and they hate any citrus peel. Ammonia works for dogs. You could also face criminal charges for destroying a police dogs nose with pepper and I'm not sure but an individual may be able to press charges also.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 2:25AM
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Dear taz6122
The fact that people like you make such threats has made me resolve to start using an airgun to scare cats from my garden. By the way airguns and crossbows are legal to use without registration. The Silent Cat airgun works well. EZ

Here is a link that might be useful: Silent Cat is very effective

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 12:36AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

e_zapata using them on domesticated animals can get you thrown in jail. Be careful because the owner of such cats could do much more damage than the animal itself. Crossbows are legal in most states for hunting or target practice NOT firing at the neighbors cat. Actually my favorite weapon for deer hunting. Mine has 150 lb draw and I can hit an grapefruit at 200 ft. What do you mean people like me?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 2:42AM
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e_zapata I agree. Why make such threats? Just keep your cats out of my garden. I don't want to harm anyone's animal, but I worked hard on my yard and my flower gardens. Are there any other suggestions? Is the cinnamon harmful like the pepper?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 7:42PM
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