The little turd!

Captain trying to eat my plant, picture taken before I move the scratching post.
@fawkes62 (1362)
United States
November 5, 2015 2:30pm CST
I'm referring to my kitten, Captain. He is now about 5 months old and getting fairly big. He is also very daring and smart. He has decided that he REALLY wants to eat my spider plant. As the plant is on top of a plant stand that is about 4 feet high or so with no place to jump onto it, I felt the plant was safe from him. I was wrong. The little turd (I used a stronger word when I caught him) used his scratching post to reach the plant. The scratching post was next to the plant stand but I never thought he would think to stand on top of it since it is only about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. Imagine my surprise, and frustration, when I caught him standing on it trying to eat my poor plant. This plant was nearly killed by Allie, my older cat, when I had it within her reach. She chewed off the ends of every leaf on it. It is finally doing well again and has new leaves, and now Captain decided he wants to eat it. Allie is too lazy to get it where it is so I thought it was safe. I have since moved the scratching post and the plant has been safe since. At least so far. Hopefully Captain doesn't find another way to reach it.
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• United States
9 Nov 15
yer kitties're jest tryin' to get a lil boost in their spirits :) whilst not toxic, i hear tell there's kinda an opium effect?
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
I've heard of that for catnip, but I'm not sure on a spider plant. I wouldn't mind so much except that the cats don't seem to know when to stop to not kill the plant. He's left it alone since I moved the scratching post.
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• United States
9 Nov 15
@fawkes62 ya might do a search, hon. i tried to put a link to such here but fer whate'er reason it'd not allow it.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
10 Nov 15
@crazyhorseladycx I looked it up and it does say that it is similar to catnip. No wonder my cats like to eat it. I will have to make sure they stay away from it.
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@JudyEv (83251)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
There must be something in the plant that attracts the cats - as mentioned below. They can really make a mess of a plant if they decide to.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
12 Nov 15
They sure can make a mess of a plant. I've lost bamboo plants because Allie would chew off all the leaves, which eventually killed the plants. I've also lost several plants to the cats knocking the entire pot over. I've even lost one because it was in a large enough pot for Allie to lay in so she flattened the plant in it. I refuse to not have plants, so it can be a challenge to find ways to keep the cats out of them.
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@JudyEv (83251)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
@fawkes62 I know our cats used to sleep in the middle of Mum's ferns when the weather was hot. She would put the hose on them
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@simone10 (22301)
• Louisville, Kentucky
6 Nov 15
Such a cute picture. He is very intelligent to figure out how to get to the plant. Like you, I would have thought it was safe. It wouldn't surprise me if he moved the scratching post over to get to the plant again
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
Thankfully he can't move the scratching post very easily, though he does tip it over if he jumps from it.
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@simone10 (22301)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Nov 15
@fawkes62 That's good that it is heavy or he would have already figured out how to get to the plant.
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@PainsOnSlate (17529)
• Canada
6 Nov 15
I've always liked spider plants but I always had then hanging. Then I had them hanging out doors during the summer and brought them in to the house to sit in the window all winter, they got to big so I left them at the street with a big sign that said free. They disappeared quickly. I haven't had a cat in years but I do know they like to eat greens...
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
He is much more persistent with the plants than Allie is. I've lost more plants to my cats than I can count, but I won't give up either. I haven't tried hanging plants, I just try to keep them where the cats won't go. He's just more daring than I'm used to.
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• Canada
9 Nov 15
@fawkes62 He sounds like a character.
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@allknowing (52685)
• India
9 Nov 15
I am not sure about cats but dogs do eat certain leaves when they have stomach ache. May be your cat could be having it too. How about planting some just for your 'turd'?
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
10 Nov 15
I looked it up after @crazyhorseladycx mentioned it and found that cats are really drawn to spider plants because they have effects similar to catnip. I didn't know that before she mentioned it. It definitely explains why they like that one plant so much more than my other plants.
@jaboUK (47402)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
I didn't know that cats like to eat spiderplants. Captain is very resourceful to use his scratching post like that.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
10 Nov 15
I knew that Allie liked it, but she likes most of my house plants. I now know that most cats like spider plants, so I will have to be careful where I put it. He's left it alone since I moved the scratching post.
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@salonga (27264)
• Philippines
9 Nov 15
That photos makes me so amazed! lol I did not know that plants could be a cat's obsession! That cat will do just about anything to reach for his dream. Now I could say he deserves his name.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
10 Nov 15
He was pretty determined, but I've stopped him by moving the scratching post. Now he can't reach it.
@TheHorse (41729)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Nov 15
He looks so "busted"! Kitties would be the nemesis of the screens I so carefully attach to the speakers I refinish here. My best home speakers are called DCM Time Windows. They're a favorite among humans (humans in the know, anyway) for listening to music, and a favorite in the kitty community for using as scratching posts.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
My dad used to have large speakers that were covered in a bumpy sort of fabric, sorry I have no idea what it's called and these were from at least 30 years ago. They lasted through 3 young kids, but one cat tore them up pretty badly. He finally replaced them with something similar in size that the cat didn't like to scratch on.
@mom210 (5635)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Nov 15
He is very persistent isn't he. I guess he knows what he wants.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
That he does. He will try to get where he wants repeatedly, no matter how difficult it is. Hopefully he's decided that it's too difficult now that the scratching post has been moved.
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@sofssu (14871)
6 Nov 15
He is so smart.. and what a cute picture
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
9 Nov 15
Thank you. He is smart in figuring out what he wants. I haven't decided if that's a good thing or not yet.
@lokisdad (4224)
• United States
5 Jan 16
Sorry about your plant I know what you mean about the pets being little turds. When we had our dogs we would occasionally have them destroy something that we didn't want them to that they know better an you want to kick the crap out of them.