Cats are very often attracted to indoor plants! Some at, others scratch the earth or use litter. To prevent your cat from damaging all your indoor plants there are some tricks. Also you have to know that some plants are poisonous!
Attention Poisonous Plants!
First, you need to make sure that your indoor plants are not toxic to your cat. The list of toxic plants is very long. Here are some that are very common in the houses: the Azalea, the lilies, the daffodil, the Dieffenbachia, the Ficus, the Philodendron, the rhododendron, the Poinsettia, the Oleander, the Solanum (Love Cherry), the crocus, etc. .. If you suspect your cat of having consumed a poisonous plant do not give it milk, it is sometimes understood that it is a solution but it is an idea received. Contact your veterinarian immediately, the ideal is to communicate the name of the plant ingested.
Why does my cat eat my plants?
. The cause of this habit could be digestive. If you’ve ever had a cat with access to the outside, you probably watched it eating grass, then vomiting a few moments later. It is possible that your cat eats indoor plants for the same reason. It is a digestive aid. You can help your pet by simply buying it from catnip (grasses).
. A food imbalance, such as an insufficient amount of fiber, can also induce your cat to eat plants.
. For indoor cats The plants are ideal playgrounds! It is important that its environment is as rich as possible, with a wide variety of toys, a cat tree, perches at the window level, etc.
. Like children, cats can respond to stress by acting in a variety of ways. Eating indoor plants usually attracts your attention, even if it’s in a negative way. If your cat is bullied by another animal from home or feels neglected by you, his emotional stress can manifest itself in destructive habits like eating indoor plants! If you detect a potential source of stress, try eliminating it.
The methods to use
. A vaporizer. To break this annoying habit some owners use a vaporizer filled with water. The cat gets a water spray when it comes to scratching in the plant. The downside of this method is that you have to take the cat on the fact!
. A repellent. Another way to prevent your cat from eating plants is to use a repellent. There are cat repellents available in the pet store. Spray repellents with motion detection are also available in the trade which help you on how to stop a cat from spraying. You can also try to use citrus peels (lemon, orange), or mothballs, cats usually do not like the smell. Another solution is to bury several small pots, filled with half of household ammonia and half water, around the plant. The smell will disturb most cats but may also disturb you! Chili oil, Tabasco, and vinegar are also good repellents.
Each cat has its own tastes and these tricks do not work in 100% of the cats! It’s up to you to find the trick that works with your cat.
. Shells, large decorative pebbles, beads, pine cones. You can try to cover the soil of your plants with shells, pebbles, beads, pine cones or aluminum foil all around the plant, without leaving any space. Be careful not to make water stagnate with these devices, this could attract gnats. Placing bamboo sticks or bamboo skewers is another way to deter your cat from climbing on your plants. Finally you can install a toaster over the pot by cutting the center to let the trunk of the plant pass.
With a little patience you will end up finding the trick that works, but yes, indoor plants and cats can coexist!