Do you like plants, but do you also have a cat as a “companion” whose sole purpose is to destroy everything green in your house?
Having a cat and being a plant lover is difficult . They love to chew and gnaw on your precious plants, beating them like their toys.
Not only this, some cats also love to use your plant pots or planters as their new litter box, urinating and defecating. It is unhealthy and spoil your plants!
You may think you have to choose either cat or plants, but why can’t you have both?
So what can you do to keep your cat away from your plants?
Before deciding between your plants and your cat, try some of the following tricks that I indicate.
1. Use a spray bottle with water
This is the classic technique for “training” the cat . Keep a bottle of water handy and spray your cat when he approaches your plants.
Although simple, this technique only works if you are home most of the time and can keep a close eye on your plants.
Some cats will get more stealthy and mischievous when you are not at home, but others will have an aversion to plants for this and will avoid them even when you are not around.
2. Use a repellent spray
There are a number of cat repellent products for sale that can keep your cat from getting too close. It is a repellent in the form of a spray.
Thanks to its particular aroma, it is unpleasant for cats and also neutralizes the odors caused by them.
3. Create your own natural repellants for cats
A highly scented soap and water mixture (lavender or citrus scent) can work well.
Sometimes people recommend spraying vinegar on plants because of the strong smell , like cat repellent . Well, vinegar may be safe for you and your cat, but being an acid it can harm your plants.
Place mothballs in the soil of your plants, cats don’t appreciate the smell of mothballs. You won’t harm the plant either.Cats hate citrus fruits.
Cats hate oranges, lemons, limes, citrus fruits in general. Try putting lemon and lime peels in all the pots to keep them out.
4. Add a layer of stones on the ground
This is for those who dig to hide their needs.
Try laying a layer of heavy stones on the surface of the earth . Don’t put them too close together, you should allow the water to seep into the ground. Your cat won’t feel the same and won’t be as tempting as a litter box.
This placing stones can be very aesthetic and Zen.
Also to prevent the cat from digging, cover the dirt with aluminum foil . Tuck it tightly around the top of the pot, but leave some space around the stem of the plant for air to get in.
If you have old scented candles, break them into pieces and stick them in the ground. The smell will keep your cat away, but it won’t harm the plant.
5. Change the placement of your plants
It may be enough to move plants to places where your cats cannot reach them , which can be useless if you have very agile and determined pets.
Ceiling-hung baskets that aren’t near any other furniture can be a good idea, or even containers that mount directly to the wall (without a shelf) and are out of reach.
Try to put several plants together, without leaving space between the pots, so it is possible that the cat does not climb the plants.
6. Create an unpleasant environment around plants
Another similar idea is to create a sticky surface that your cat won’t want to walk on. Double-sided tape placed between the pots can be great for creating a barrier, as long as you don’t allow enough room to jump between the tape.
Lay out a spiked mat . You put it on the ground to keep cats away. Don’t worry though, the quills are flexible and won’t harm your cat. They are only annoying enough to keep your cat away from your plants.
7. Clean the litter box regularly
This may be the main reason why cats use your pots to do their “stuff”.
Make sure they have a suitable litter box that is cleaned frequently and in an easily accessible place.
8 . Provide healthy plants for your cat
Sometimes you can distract your cat from chewing on the leaves of your plants by providing him with some plants that he will like and benefit from:
- Thyme. A natural plant that relaxes like catnip (Catnip) does.
- Germinated grass. It contains essential vitamins that complement your cat’s diet and is rich in fiber.
- Valerian. It stimulates cats, contrary to what it does to us, and makes them want to exercise.
- Licorice root. It cleanses the blood and its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for animals with arthritis.
- Manzanilla. A plant that helps to relax and alleviate gastrointestinal problems. It serves as an antiseptic.
- Ginger. It is designed to provide cats on long trips.