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I have a close friend that tells me about the evils of her feline friend. It seems that her little fur baby is the terror of the house. Well my friends, it's time to go on the offensive and take back some of their kingdom, and let's hope there are no reprisals. As always by using some of these simple hacks, you will save time and money. 

One of the problems my friend faces is that from time to time her cat will knowingly use a corner of her home as a litter box. Or her fur baby will run rampant in the home, her wrath on every counter top and up every blind in the house. Believe it or not, this is a quick and simple fix. All you need is to take a quick trip down to the grocery store and pick up some cayenne pepper. Here comes the only technical part, sprinkle some on the floor where the cat liked to take his constitutionals. Then, before you head out to work in the morning, apply just a light dusting of the cayenne powder to the counter tops. Repeat this process for the blinds and drapes. Please note that if you can see clumps of the pepper you might have used too much. With this spice, a little goes a long way...and you will forget that it's even there.

Lets talk about keeping our feline friends out of your garden now. You are going to have to introduce inter-planting in your garden. Start with lavender and penny royal, coleus canina and lemon thyme. Plant a few of these throughout the garden space. As a bonus, inter-planting will attract pollinators and can help to avoid pests as well. Cats steer clear of strong citrus scents. 

To ward off unwelcome fur balls, throw citrus peels directly on the garden. Or, empty your hair brushes into your garden to reclaim your territory! The scent of human hair deters cats. Please stay away from moth balls though - this is a commonly cited suggestion - they are toxic to cats and humans.

Do you have a piece of furniture that your cat has either started to scratch or is scratching and destroying? A spray bottle filled with white wine vinegar and a few sprays onto the area will end your problems, cats can't stand the smell. 

Another Tip for you that is even more annoying to cats than dogs with spray bottles is sand paper and tin foil. Now hate is such a strong word but your fur baby won't walk on either of these items, as they hate the feeling on their paws. 

Ps. Don't be fooled by there cuteness, they are planning to take over the world.


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