Born with a sense of entitlement, a cat struts around a house caring nothing of the value of anything he scratches or breaks. If you scold him, he will hold it against you for weeks. Your best option is to attack his one weakness -- his aversion to citrus fruit.
Peel the skin of four lemons.
Pour 2 cups of water and the lemons into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and leave the water and lemons to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave the water and lemons to cool to room temperature.
Rid the mixture of all the peel by pouring it through a sieve. Pour the remaining liquid into a mixing bowl.
Cut one of the lemons in half and squeeze the juice of one half into the mixture.
- It is easiest to pour the liquid into a spray can and spray it onto the areas you want your cat to keep away from.
- Lemon can be sticky and might leave behind a mark.
Simon Thomas has worked as a writer and journalist since 2004. He has contributed articles to several online publications, including Smashing Magazine, an art-and-design e-zine. Thomas holds a B.A. in film and media from Winchester University.