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How to Keep Cats Away From Plants

If you’re a cat owner, you know that cats and plants don’t always mix. Whether they’re attracted to the soil, the leaves, or just the general greenness of your plants, cats can do a lot of damage to your garden. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to cat-proof your plants and keep them safe from curious kitties.

One of the simplest ways to keep cats away from your plants is to use a physical barrier. This can be anything from chicken wire around the perimeter of your garden to placing your pots on high shelves or in window boxes. If you have an outdoor cat, you may also want to consider installing a fence around your garden.

You can also deter cats with scent. Cats are very sensitive to smell, so strong scents like citrus or lavender can be effective in keeping them away from your plants. You can either grow these scents around your garden, or use essential oils or sprays.

If you have an indoor cat, there are a few extra steps you can take to keep them away from your plants. One is to provide them with their own set of plants to scratch, chew, and claw. You can find specially made cat-friendly plants at most pet stores, or you can grow your own.

You can also try using a product like Bitter Yuck! No Chew Spray, which is safe for both humans and animals but has a bitter taste that will deter cats (and dogs) from chewing on your plants.

Finally, keep in mind that some plants are more toxic to cats than others. If you’re concerned about your cat’s safety, do some research on which plants are safe for them to be around. In general, avoid plants in the lily family, as well as azaleas, rhododendrons, and oleander.

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Home and Garden

If you have cats, it’s important to choose plants that are safe for them to be around. Some common houseplants can be toxic to cats if they eat them, so it’s best to avoid those. Some safe options include Boston ferns, spider plants, and peace lilies. In the garden, catnip and lavender are good choices. Catnip is an annual herb in the mint family that is popular with cats – they love to roll around in it and eat it. Lavender is a perennial herb that has a strong scent cats enjoy. It’s also said to have calming effects on cats. If you’re not sure whether a plant is safe for cats, you can check online or ask your local nursery.

Training Cats Not to Go Near Plants

Cats can be trained not to go near plants by teaching them that plants are off limits. One way to do this is to put a plant in a room that the cat does not have access to. Once the cat gets used to not being able to go near the plant, you can gradually start to reintroduce the plant into areas where the cat has access. Another way to train a cat not to go near plants is to spray the plant with water whenever the cat goes near it. The key is to be consistent with the training and rewards so that the cat learns that plants are off limits. Cats can also be trained not to go near plants by using positive reinforcement, such as providing the cat with a treat when it stays away from the plant. With patience and consistency, cats can be successfully trained not to go near plants.

With a little effort, you can keep your cats away from your plants and have a beautiful, thriving garden. By using physical barriers, scent deterrents, and training, you can keep your plants safe from curious kitties. And by choosing safe plants for your home and garden, you can create a space that’s both cat-friendly and stylish.

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