keeping cats from eating plants

cat - plant eating cats
@colloque (137)
India
March 5, 2007 12:24am CST
Cats are frequently fascinated with houseplants. However, you may not appreciate the attention, which can range from chewing on the plant leaves to digging or peeing in the plant soil. Do any body have the same problem with your cat? Do anybody got a solution?
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7 responses
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
5 Mar 07
If you can catch them in the act, you can spray them with a water bottle.
@colloque (137)
• India
5 Mar 07
thank you for ur response. I'll try this.
• United States
5 Mar 07
There is a spray they sell at pet stores. It ditures the cat form eating the plant and wont hurt the plant. You just spray it on and your good to go.
@colloque (137)
• India
5 Mar 07
I heard that it is not good for plants. People says that it will lead to decrease of flowers in plants.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
13 Mar 07
You can make your own mix out of stuff you have on hand. I don't know what kind of spices you have but if you soak hot pepper in water with garlic and maybe something you know YOUR cat does not like in there too. After a week, strain out the stuff so you don't clog your sprayer. Then spray it on your plants. An old windex bottle works fine. This also works with dogs who like to chew on table legs. Since the table is worth more you use something hotter. Fastest way to break a dog. Try the citrus peels mentioned earlier or if you like the smell of have them put 2 or 3 moth balls on top of the soil. They will not dig in it. All of what I mentioned is safe. Once your cats get a taste of the garlic pepper mix you might have to spray the plant ever again. Me personally I think the garlic pepper mix tastes pretty good. LOL
@bkfuels (1606)
• Canada
5 Mar 07
Well seeing as I have 7 cats in my house I do not have real plants only fake ones. We did buy them some grass for them to chew from the pet store once and they did not go for it. I think it depends on the cat some like to do this and some do not.
5 Mar 07
Cats don't like the smell of citrus like orange or lemon peel. Scatter some orange peel in the plant pot, they will soon get the message.
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
Ooh, I thought only our cats do that! XD I work here at home, and beside my table - where my lappy is - are potted plants. Any time of the day, one of our cats - even our puppies - would jump and take a bite out of the plants. -_-" Some even would sniff around the soil, and each time I see them, I shout, "What do you think you're doing AGAIN?!?!" That's why I have a stick near me.^^ I don't hit them - I hit anything nearest them to drive them away. So far, it had worked on the puppies. ^_^
@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
5 Mar 07
The most obvious choice would be to buy a catnip plant for your cat. But it's like with children you have to keep turning them away.