Cats by nature are curious animals. These felines generally carnivores, eating mice, little birds, sometimes get attracted to the dangling vines and smooth stems of the houseplants that you use to make your home greener and pretty place. Cats enjoy playing around the little ornamental plants and the soil. This however a fun activity to witness, make videos of upload, it can turn into a fatality. Following are the ways to keep your cat away from eating the plants,
- Hang Your Flower-Pots from the Ceiling or the Wall
Household plants though pretty are often poisonous, so it is advised to a cat owner to never keep a toxic plant in their pet’s surroundings. But even with the safe plants, playful activities of cats around the plant that usually turn into feasting can damage the plants and their show.
- When the plants are beyond the reach from the cat, you don’t have to worry about them eating or destroying them.
- This not only adds to the decorative- aspect of the house but also keeps the ownerless worried in case of their absence from home.
- Spray Your Plant with Deterrent Sprays
These sprays can be easily found at a pet shop, and are not harmful to the health of the pets.
- These sprays act as insulation element that keeps them away from the plant.
- Thus, if you have some plants or vines hanging from the balcony, spritzing this spray is the best thing to do.
- You can also make a homemade spray, by making a mix of one- fourth water and three parts vinegar.
- Cats are repulsive to the smell of vinegar.
- Buy Unappealing Plants
Cats as stereotyped have their preferences about everything. What to purr at, where to sleep. Similarly, they tend to go back to a particular type of plants to nibble on.
- Once you understand where the cat’s preference lies, change that plant and replace it with something it finds unappealing or unpleasant.
- Your new plant is safe from harm’s way.
- Teach Your Cats to Stay Away from the Plants
We all know how important as well as difficult. And giving good training is very important for the pet and even you also.
- Having a pet is constant laughing, being scratched and teaching them how to behave in a human household.
- If given proper training by rewarding and punishing their actions accordingly, their behavior can be controlled.
- Cover the Surface Surrounding the Plants with Unpleasant Stuff
In order to avoid your cat from going to plants, again and again, cover the area around with rough things.
- For instance, tin- foil, scratchy carpet that makes it harder for the cat to reach the plants.
- Also, putting different foul or strong smelling substance might help to keep the cat away.
- Provide Alternatives to Your Cat
Know that your cat doesn’t necessarily go to the plants to eat them. It’s looking for something to play with and pass the time when you are busy doing something else.
- Distract your cat as it approaches the plants with a ball of yarn, a soft toy, and with time this would distract it from plants.
- And let them enjoy in other stuff like playing with any toys.
- Keep a Track of or Check on Your Cat’s Diet
When this obsession with eating plants become out of control, then consult your vet.
- More often, the cat eats plants and soil to replenish the nutrients that its diet is not able to fulfill.
- More or less diet can have repercussions on the health of your cat.
- Know the Soil
Very often when you are catering for your plants, digging the soil, it appears to your cat as its litter box.
- Make sure that such a resemblance between the soil of your plants and cat’s little box isn’t there.
- Decorating the plants with beautiful, colorful stones also might attract the curiosity of your cat.
- Another deterrent spray can be made by the use of lime or citrus. Cats aren’t a big fan of citrus.
Punishments for going near the plants may include a dash of water sprayed on the cat’s face or noise that alarms it of an unwanted action.