Deterrents for Training

While positive reinforcement is often hailed as the golden standard for cat training, sometimes a gentle nudge in the other direction can be helpful. This is where deterrents come in.

Shop here for a variety of different safe deterrent products for cat training, including repellent sprays, audio deterrent devices, and mats to discourage scratching inappropriate places.

Deterrents offer an immediate way to discourage your cat from scratching furniture, chewing wires, or using inappropriate spaces like countertops. A hiss-like spray or a strategically placed piece of crinkly foil can provide a negative association with the undesired behavior, prompting them to seek out appropriate alternatives.

Cat ownership involves establishing clear boundaries for your furry friend. Deterrents can help enforce these boundaries, especially when you're not around. For example, a motion-activated air blaster near a forbidden bookshelf can become a gentle reminder to stay away.

Certain situations call for immediate action. If your cat is developing a dangerous habit like playing with electrical cords, a swift hiss or a bitter-tasting spray can offer a crucial deterrent, potentially preventing harm.

Deterrents are tools, not punishments. They should be used sparingly and humanely, focusing on redirecting behavior rather than causing fear or distress. Positive reinforcement should always be the main focus of your training journey, with deterrents acting as a gentle guide when needed.

Double-Sided Cat Scratching Deterrent Tape

Save your couch and other furniture from being scratched up by your cat by using this specially designed tape as a scratching deterrent.

Motion-Activated Pet Proofing Repellent

This is an unscented motion-activated spray that can be used to deter pets from being in or on areas that you want them to avoid.

PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly – PROTECT FURNITURE: Place SSSCAT Spray Deterrent on countertops, next to the trash can or near rooms to keep curious pets out of certain areas of your... View on Amazon
Bodhi Dog 3-in-1 Cat & Kitten Training Aid | Cat Deterrent Spray for Indoor and Outdoor Use | Cat Repellent Spray for Furniture | Establish Boundaries & Keep Cat Off | Made in The USA (8 oz) – TRAIN YOUR CAT TO STAY AWAY FROM TREATED AREAS: Live in harmony and establish boundaries with your kitten or cat with Bodhi Dog 3-in-1 Cat &... View on Amazon
Nature's MACE Cat Repellent Granular 2.5lb – Nature’s MACE Granular Cat Repellent is easy to apply and will cover up to 1,400 sq. ft. It discourages cats from digging, rummaging, peeing, defecating, damaging,... View on Amazon
Cat Deterrent Spray. Cat Repellent Indoor for Cat and Kitten. Effective Cat Repellent Spray Training Aid for Furniture, Curtain, Sofa, Floor, Plant, Rugs, Indoor and Outdoor Use. 120ML – 【Cat Scratch Furniture Protector】Cat repellent indoor is safe to spray on furniture, plants, couches, fabrics, tables, blinds, pink rope shoes, electrical wires, carpets and many other... View on Amazon
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ohlela 16 Pack Scat Mat for Cats - 16 x 13 Inch Cat Spike Mat with 1 Inch Spike. Effective Cat Repellent Indoor & Outdoor Mat to Deter Cats & Other Animals. Cat Deterrent Indoor 23sqft Area Coverage – [Cat Repellent Outdoor To Keep Cats Away] - Our cat scat mat helps to prevent cats, dogs and other animals damaging your plants, furniture, garden, car.... View on Amazon
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Cat Deterrent Spray. Cat Repellent Indoor for Cat and Kitten. No Scratch Spray for Cats. Effective Cat Scratch Deterrent Training Aid for Furniture, Curtains, Sofas, Plants, Indoor & Outdoor. 120ML – 【Safe Formula】Cat repellent indoor uses mild and safe ingredients (rosemary, citrus extract), contains no harsh chemicals or additives, will not harm your pet’s skin, and will... View on Amazon
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Nature's Miracle Pet Block Repellent Spray Just for Cats New Formula - 8oz – FORMULATED TO HELP KEEP PETS AWAY FROM TREATED AREAS: Repellent scent acts as a signal telling cats to stay away from the treated areas; FOR INDOOR... View on Amazon
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Nature's Miracle Advanced Platinum Cat Scratch Deterrent Spray – CAT SCRATCHING DETERRENT: Specifically formulated to discourage destructive scratching throughout the home; SAFE FOR USE ON FURNITURE, FABRIC AND MORE: Designed for indoor use, safe for... View on Amazon
Cat Deterrent Scat Mat for Cats - Cat Spike Mat (Set of 10, Grey) 16.5 x 13.4 Inch with 1 Inch Spikes is A Perfect Cat Repellent Indoor & Outdoor for All Seasons – [Keep Cats Away] - Helps to prevent cats, dogs and other animals damaging your plants, furniture, garden, car with our cat scat mat with spikes indoor... View on Amazon
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