How to keep cats out of your car's engine bay

Stray or pet cats could hide in your car’s engine bay. One of the primary reasons why these friendly felines do this is because they often seek a warm shelter, cats have a higher body temperature compared to humans, which is why they find the engine bay a cozy place to settle. By doing this, they conserve their energy while napping. 

It can be quite stressful to have a cat hanging inside your engine bay. Unfortunately, some car owners won't even notice it’s there, and without any clue, they’re going to start the car which could then severely hurt the cat and potentially damage some of the engine components. Aside from regularly inspecting the engine bay, there are other tips and tricks to keep away cats from resting under the bonnet.

Park your car at the right location

While it may not work in all places, some say that parking under the sun might attract more cats than those cars that are parked in a covered garage. Your vehicle should be less accessible to cats once it's placed in a secured personal garage.

Use Mothballs

Not a lot of us enjoy the scent of mothballs, including cats, they too are not happy with the odor of these items. You can purchase these in bags and then distribute each ball around the car. That way, cats wouldn’t be clinging near your vehicle in no time all thanks to the strong smell of those mothballs.

Sprinkle cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is a spice that’s added to some of your favorite dishes, yet who would’ve thought that this condiment can also be used to draw away cats from your car. You’re just going to have to spread it around the edges of the vehicle. It should take about a few days before these felines will finally leave your car alone. If the cats return, then you might as well increase the amount of cayenne pepper. Again, it might take some time but it should work as cayenne pepper does have a history of keeping strays away. 

Dog inside a car

A dog’s nose works like wonder, their strong sense of smell could help them trail almost anything, including a cat. Many dogs hate cats and they are a bit hysterical once they smell one. Having a dog around will deter cats from the location the dog is in, as evidenced by several of our personal experiences. 

Unused car

Of course, using your car more frequently should keep those pesky cats away from your engine bay rather than just letting it sit in your garage for quite a long time. Then again, it’s always best to check under the bonnet frequently, and see for yourself if cats are not invading your car’s precious mechanicals. 

We do love both our cars and feline friends, so let’s protect both, shall we? You don’t want to end up grinding cat meat along with damaging your engine components, would you? Not to mention that the smell of a dead cat is quite repulsive. 

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