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- Why Is My Cat Eating My Plants?
- Safeguarding Plants from Cats
- Houseplants Cats Won’t Chew On
- How to Keep Cats Out of Houseplants
- Why is My Cat Digging in My Planter?
To a home, houseplants are a wonderful way to inject life, beauty, and (of course) oxygen.
Our feline friends appear to share our enthusiasm for houseplants, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.
In this article, you will find out how to protect your houseplants from your cat.
Why Is My Cat Eating My Plants?
Cats Like the Taste of Plants:
When a cat first gets to know its environment, it does so primarily through its mouth.
It may not sound very appealing to you and me now, but we both had our first experiences with many things in the same way when we were newborns.
Baby humans and adult cats alike are fond of putting whatever they find into their mouths.
You can count on your cat to want more of whatever you give it if it tastes good.
Cats Like the Texture of Plants
If you’ve ever let your cat out in the yard, you know they can’t resist the temptation to gnaw on the tall grass.
It could be that they find the plant’s texture particularly satisfying.
You should also consider the possibility that your cat is experiencing digestive distress and is acting on an innate desire to obtain some fiber in order to alleviate the discomfort.
Another theory is that they throw up because the grass tickles their throat.
We don’t know if cats eat grass in order to induce vomiting, which can help with hairballs, or if vomiting is just a side effect of eating grass.
Cats Love the Movement of Leaves
As felines, we know that cats are born to hunt.
In spite of their carnivorous nature, they are often tricked by the rustle of a palm frond or other moving foliage.
The Spider Plant is one of our favorite houseplants because of its attractive, soft, long leaves.
If you’re going to sacrifice a plant, this flowering one could be the one.
It’s important to keep an eye out for signs that your cat might be nibbling on it, as even non-toxic plants shouldn’t be consumed.
Cats Chew Up Plants Out of Boredom
When your cat is bored and tired of being alone, it may not be obvious to many pet owners.
A common misconception is that cats require less care than dogs.
If you don’t engage your cat in mental and physical stimulation, he or she may develop destructive habits.
Keep in mind that they are attempting to satiate their instinctual needs in our houses.
If we don’t give them something to do, they’ll find something to do on their own, and your plant (or something else in the house) could end up taking the brunt of their boredom.
Cats Eat Plants to Ease Stress
The majority of cats will experience some form of stress or anxiety at some point in their lives.
There are a wide variety of symptoms, including but not limited to: chewing on fur, eating non-food items, suckling on blankets, and yes, chewing or eating plants.
Pay attention to your cat’s behavior in the house, especially while it is chewing.
You may be dealing with stress behavior if they appear agitated or on edge.
Safeguarding Plants from Cats
Common cat behaviors include using houseplants as litter boxes, playing with them until they lose all of their leaves, and chewing on the foliage.
Because of this, it’s difficult to have a thriving indoor garden and a happy cat. It is unfortunate that many cat owners give up on trying to grow houseplants.
The good news is that you don’t have to choose between your cats and your plants; there are methods for protecting vegetation from feline predators.
Houseplants Cats Won’t Chew On
A great way to divert a cat’s attention is to cultivate indoor plants that they find offensive.
Some plants have a strong smell that cats find offensive, while others have an unpleasant texture that turns them off. Some common houseplants that cats avoid:
- Rosemary is a wonderful houseplant, but feline friends tend to avoid it because of its pungent scent. In addition to flourishing in the presence of cats, this plant gives you fragrant, flavorful cooking herbs and aromatic sprigs for the home.
- The scaredy cat plant is another plant whose odor drives cats away; hence, it gets its name.
- cactus and roses are wonderful houseplants because cats won’t bother with them after the first time because of their thorns.
How to Keep Cats Out of Houseplants
Making houseplants smell unpleasant is another method for keeping cats away.
If your cat likes to nibble on your houseplants, try sprinkling some cayenne pepper around the leaves to scare it away.
Citrus smells are particularly offensive to cats. Put citrus peels like orange and lemon peels into the pots with the plants to keep pests at bay.
Lemon or orange oil, diluted in water, can also be sprayed directly onto the leaves.
Toxic to cats are citrus oil extracts, which are found in many insecticides, dipping sauces, shampoos, bug sprays, food additives, and perfumes.
If your cat has a habit of using houseplants as a toilet, you may want to consider investing in some plants with unpleasant textures.
Large pebbles or stones can also be used to cover the soil around the plants’ bases to discourage digging.
Putting things like pinecones or aluminum foil around the planter can deter cats.
Layering chicken wire, mesh, or some other permeable fabric around the plant’s base is yet another option.
Don’t give up if you still can’t keep your cats from eating your plants. Several other choices remain.
- Put your plants in a room with a locked door to protect them from cats. However, any room with plenty of natural light will do, from bedrooms to bathrooms.
- Use wire bookcases as cages for your plants. This will help keep cats out of plants, but some particularly daring felines may find a way to sneak in anyway.
- Instead of solely focusing on the houseplants cats avoid, why not make a sacrifice and also provide the cat with some plants it can safely enjoy? Cats are crazy for lemon balm and catnip. Put some in unbreakable plastic pots and scatter them around the house, preferably not near the other plants. This should keep your cat busy and prevent any further damage to your plants.
Why is My Cat Digging in My Planter?
It’s not just you if your plant’s surroundings look like a war zone after employing a digger. Keep in mind that digging is one of a cat’s basic instincts.
If you’ve ever seen your cat bury its waste, you should know that it’s doing so for a good reason: to keep the scent out of the reach of potential predators and prey.
Sure, those aren’t concerns for your indoor cat, but you can’t expect to change thousands of years of instinct!
The digging behavior can be discouraged if the cat is only digging (and not using the area as a litter box, which is addressed further down).