- January 18, 2006 at 8:03 pm #235787
you are probably no stranger to the plant-eating-cat syndrome!
Cats eat plants because in the wild, they nibble on grasses to help aide their digestion of foods that they eat – much in the same way we humans eat veggies and other forms of ‘roughage’ to help aide our own digestion.
Most houseplants, however, are very toxic to your beloved kitty. One little bite of that Poinsettia could cause a serious reaction in your kitty – possibly even death!
Here is a short list of common houseplants that are poisonous to your pet:
Dieffenbachia, aka Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp.)
Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)
Mostera, aka Split-Leaf Philodendron or Swiss Cheese Plant
Calla Lily, aka Arum or Trumpet Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Jerusalem Cherry, Winter Cherry (Solanum pseudocarpum)
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii or E. spendens)
Additionally; most all bulbs and outside plants are toxic to your kitty, as well as plants from the illicit drug family (i.e. Marijuana (Cannabis sativa), Jimsonweed (Datur stramonium, D. metaloides, D.
arborea), Peyote (Lophophora williamsii), Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea violacea), Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), Periwinkle (Vinca rosea), and Psylocybin Mushrooms.).
The best course of action, if you are unsure as to whether or not your plants are toxic to your kitty, is to use the following motto: “If in doubt; don’t!”. That means that you will assume that every single one of your plants may be harmful to your kitty and you will take the appropriate measures to insure that your kitty steers clear of all of your plants.
still; most pagans have problems with teaching their kitties to stay away from those plants. the following are ideas that you can try in order to teach your kitty to stay away from your plants:
get a squirt gun and spray your kitty with water every time you see him/her go near your plants. the only problem with this is that you must actually see your kitty getting into your plants and squirt him/her right away. your kitty may learn to associate you with the squirt gun, as well, and might refuse to come near you for fear of squirting, so you might have to be a pagan james bond and hide around a corner so that kitty does not see where the source of water is coming from!
lemon juice. you can buy a bunch of lemons from the produce department of your grocery store?use the juice to clean the leaves of your plants because the taste is too sour for kitty to want to take a bite, plus the lemon juice makes the leaves shiny and pretty. you can break up the lemon peels and place them around the base of the plant, in the dirt, which will also help to dissuade kitty from digging around in the dirt, too.
most pet stores carry this stuff. it comes in a pump- spray bottle and can be sprayed directly onto your plants, the dirt around the base of them, and even the container that holds the plants. kitties do not like the smell of this stuff and will refrain from even going near it.
the only thing is that bitter apple might stain lighter-colored furniture, so i would advise you to put your plant into the bathtub or sink and spray it there.
tobasco sauce, cayenne pepper, hot peppers – you can usually put this on the leaves of your plants, depending on the delicate nature of their leaves (be careful; the stronger the pepper, the more likely it’d burn the delicate leaves). you can also sprinkle this around the base of the plants.
vinegar. vinegar is a wonderful all-purpose thing?.among other things; vinegar is great for warding away kitties.
you can put it into a clean pump-spray bottle, mixed with a bit of water, and spray your plants with it. you can get little lids and put a bit of vinegar in them and then set them around the base of your plant. you can even set tiny bowls of it on your kitchen counter, kitchen table, or wherever else you’d like kitty to refrain from hanging out.
garlic. garlic is not only a natural thing that wards off some insects – but most kitties don’t like the smell of it, either. before you use garlic, however, test your kitty to see if he/she will not like the smell of it, as some kitties have strange appetites and might eat the garlic!
if your kitty backs away from the garlic, then you could crush and/or dice it up into little pieces and place it around the base of your plants, as well as rub it on the leaves of your plants.
rocks. obviously you cannot hang rocks from the branches of your plants – but you can put them at the base of your plants to cover the dirt. this seems to prevent kitties from digging around in the dirt, as if the rocks are heavy enough, they cannot move them aside with their paws and get tired of trying and eventually just leave that particular plant alone.
the rocks also help to keep the humidity in the dirt so that you won’t have to water your plants as often.
cactuses. if your plants are in sunny windows; you could plant some prickly cactuses at the base of your plants. the prickles are definite deterrents!
if you’ve tried everything and kitty still insists on eating your plants; you should probably consider the following:
when you are away, the kitties will play – so it is probably best to put your kitty in a room where there are no plants to insure that he/she won’t be nibbling on them!
hang your plants from hooks in the ceiling or in hanging baskets – away from tables or ledges where kitty can stretch up and reach the leaves.
get kitty his/her own plants. try catnip sprouts! you can usually buy them already sprouted at some pet stores or you can sprout your own?.once they’ve reached the height of a few inches; place them on the floor near kitty’s food dish and let kitty have at it – kitty will then be less likely to nibble on your houseplants.
if you can’t find catnip; you can take a handful of bird seed and sprinkle the seeds on a bit of dirt. cover with a plastic baggie and let sit on the top of your fridge for a couple of days. once the seeds have sprouted; place them in a window for a few more days, then give to kitty.
date: fri may 16, 2003 1:03 pm
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