Whether you have a cat and are looking to get plants or have plants and are looking to get a kitten, cats can be a problem when it comes to your house plants. They like to eat them, dig in them, and urinate on them.
In this article, we will discuss how you can keep cats away from plants so that they don’t get destroyed by our furry friends!
It’s a good idea for any plant owner to protect their plants, but especially those who have cats! Cats are natural hunters and will spend hours hunting down prey if they can.
House plants make an easy target that doesn’t fight back so it’s important to take steps now before the damage is done.
Related post: How to Make an Indoor Garden for Cats
Keeping cats out of your house plants
Cats are notorious for ruining house plants and the key to keeping them out of your plants is by making it too difficult. If you’re looking for a way to cat-proof your houseplants, the first thing you need to do is find a good stand for your plant that will keep it off the ground.
Cats love climbing things so if they can’t climb up, they won’t be able to get into your precious plants! Use acrylic pots (slick sides) instead of ceramic or terracotta or more textured ones.
Discourage climbing by placing them on a cat-proof plant stand that’s too high for the cat to climb onto, and making sure there is nothing nearby for the plant to topple over if they do try to jump onto it.
How to keep cats from eating plants
House plants can be a special treat for cats to nibble on, but don’t worry! There are plenty of simple solutions to keep cats away from plants.
Try sprinkling cayenne pepper around the leaves or putting citrus peels inside your pots with the plants.
Spraying bitter apples on the leaves or spray with lemon juice and water (a mix of one part solution to two parts water) will keep your cats away from the leaves.
Cats also hate the smell of peppermint, rosemary, and lavender so you can also spray diluted oils onto your plants to keep them away.
How to stop cats from digging in plants
You can also keep cats out of plants by making them smell bad. Try natural sprays that can be bought at stores or online which will discourage cats from digging in plants such as citrus or cayenne pepper.
You can also try a homemade solution of and hot peppers mixed into water. The spray needs to be reapplied every day for maximum effectiveness.
How to keep cats from peeing in house plants
Making plants hard to get to by using pots that don’t have extra room around the plant will help deter this habit. Placing the litter box in a quiet, easy-to-get-to location can help make it more appealing while discouraging other areas in your home from being used as an alternate spot.
House plants that cats will leave alone
Some plants are easier to keep cats away from than others. Plants that seem to deter your kitty include spiky cacti (even fake ones) and fragrant herbs such as lavender or rosemary.
You might also want to try the following cat-proof houseplants:
- Spider plants
- Peace lilies
- Ferns (especially asparagus fern)
- Bird of paradise plant
I hope you learned several ways to cat-proof your house plants so that kitty and your potted plants can live in the same house peacefully.
Use these tips as inspiration for protecting your home from feline intruders in the future! And don’t forget to share this blog post with all of your friends on social media today too!s