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Pet Peeves: Kitty Eats My Plants!

Q: I love having fresh flowers and plants in my house, but my two cats always try to eat them! I know some are poisonous, and I never put those types out. I just would like to have a house plant in my home without them eating it! Any suggestions on breaking their habit?

A: I'm so glad you've checked out which plants are poisonous for your pets! Unfortunately, many kitties are drawn to plants as a snack – offer up some safe kitty plants to lure them away from yours. Many cats don't like the feel or sound of aluminum foil under their paws, so try to place that under your plants. If that still doesn't work, try using these home remedies on the mulch or plant:

  • Lemon juice and water spray
  • Pepper and water spray
  • Tea leaves
  • Pinecones
  • Halves of oranges or lemons
  • Grapefruit, orange, or lemon-peel shavings

Share your remedies for pet deterrents in the comments below!


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davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
um, "repels," not "repeals."
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
psterling- I really don't know if bitter apple spray will wilt flowers- I doubt it but it would be a good idea to check. I spray it on the pots that I pot plants in- it doesn't have to be on the plant, just the smell repeals my cat. The spray keeps her out of the tree- I spray the lower limbs, trunk, and skirt. It does kind of smell for a bit, but it goes away. She's only gotten the stuff on her once, and that was enough. hottpink- I always mean to have wheat grass available to her, but I rarely remember to plant a new pot in time- the old grass gets thrashed and dies pretty fast. So she probably has a pot for two weeks every six weeks or so. She really likes it if I snip a small amount for her and hold it while she eats it. Or, I'll tie it in a knot and she'll play with it. Otherwise, she'll just bury her head in the grass and purr and half-heartedly gnaw. I've had other cats that didn't care for grass at all, and others that would eat so much they'd throw up. Cats are weird, every one of 'em.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
davisdavis-do you keep the wheat grass out all of the time for kitty? Or only bring it out every once in a while? Thanks for the tips as well!!!
psterling psterling 9 years
My cats do the same thing too! Do you think the bitter spray will wilt the plants? I should try that next time though. No only if I can figure out how to get my girls to NOT climb the Christmas tree this year...
davisdavis davisdavis 9 years
1. Spray bitter apple spray on flowers (also excellent for you Christmas Tree!) 2. Make sure kitty has wheat grass available to her. Mine gets so excited about grass, it's really fun to have for her. 3. All done, flowers saved.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Two of mine eat them and the other plays and bats at them, so they end up looking all tattered and sad :(
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I need to buy some kitty grass... My kitty likes to eat my plants, but she plays/destroys more then eats...
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Thanks Pet! This was my question....and yes, I do put out kitty grass for them and they still try to eat my plants!!! I will try a couple of these ideas...I think the aluminum foil might work very well! Thanks and any more suggestions let me know!! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yes kitty grass is a great idea! :)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Are they indoor cats? If so they are probably not getting enough vegetation. You should buy one of those little pots of grass that are made for animals to eat. It would give an alternative plant to eat that you approve of
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