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How can I get her to stop eating plants?
Vintage Joan
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Date: 3/29/12 2:27 PM

I usually buy a few new houseplants in the spring, and the other day I bought two: one with leafy leaves, and one with leaves that look a little bit like this, but not exactly. I have no idea what it is.

Anyway, one of my kitties likes to munch on ferns and grassy plants, but this one didn't look to me like her usual snack. WRONG. She was nibbling on it last night, and I had to prune off several of the nicest leaves. I've moved it to a room that has a door, but it's a lovely, showy plant -- I want to keep it downstairs where people can see it.

Is there anything safe (for both the plant and the cat) that I could spray the plant with to discourage her from doing this?

Thanks!

Joan

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Date: 3/29/12 2:42 PM

I don't know that it would stop the kitty for eating the house plants entirely, but we have planted some grass seeds in small, shallow flower pots for the cat before. That way, he can have his "leafy greens" and hopefully be discouraged from eating the good plants, lol.

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Date: 3/29/12 2:51 PM

Thanks.

I thought of that, but I suspect this particular beloved little kitty of mine would devour the grass and move on to the plants.

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Date: 3/29/12 3:14 PM

I gave up on plants in the same house as my cat. She tormented me and this beautiful poinsettia two years ago that worked me to death moving it from place to place before she would find it and start trashing it. She didn't seem to eat on it but was just fascinated with the entire thing. I had to keep it as it was a big one from a florist and I was afraid the one who sent it would stop by and think I didn't care for it so I had to keep moving it about the den and the living room. I happily tossed it (whatever was left of it as it was really sad looking) after Christmas. Strangely the artificial tree I put up she didn't care one fig about. Cats are very strange about what is good entertainment. Poinsettias as many plants can be toxic so I really had to watch the thing during the day when it was sitting out-I would lock it in an extra bathroom when we were gone from the house or at night. It was a super pain-never want another one as long as the cat lives here just too much hassle for both of us.

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Date: 3/29/12 3:21 PM

get a plant called catmint. They love it. I had a cat that ate my plants. I bought him catmint. Left my other plants alone. try it.
( its all so called Cat nip).

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Date: 3/29/12 4:01 PM


OMG. Joan .. Should you not have titled this Cat eating Plant.. instead of a plant that is eating a cat.. Kinda worried me for a moment. Sorta a sci fi thing going on there. Whew.. I am glad to know your cat was not eaten up by a plant.
What you have is a normal cat. Not so sure about the plants you have though..
I hope they have natural instincts to stay away from poisonous plants but I am not sure about that.. so be careful which plants you bring into the home.
My dogs will munch on the grass in the yard.. Because of that I am careful not to use any chemicals etc in my yard.

Seems I have heard about some people using tabasco sauce or such on the leaves to discourage this behavior.. You might try that.

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Date: 3/29/12 4:02 PM


Now that I say it MY way.. your title sounds best. . Sorry. Either way its a scary thought..

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Date: 3/29/12 4:12 PM

One of our indoor cats used to try to escape outside, but she'd only go so far as the grass and she'd stop to chew on it.

We started buying wheatgrass for her regularly. She loved it and stopped trying to escape.

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Date: 3/29/12 5:42 PM

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Should you not have titled this Cat eating Plant

..............Now that I say it MY way.. your title sounds best


!!!!!!!

The hyphen in my title is pretty important, lol. Your title might have gotten more attention, though.

Now if I could train the plant to bite her right back... no, getting too cruel (and silly) here.

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Date: 3/29/12 5:46 PM

But doesn't eating catnip make them go all goofy? The dried stuff sure does. Maybe fresh catnip isn't as intense as the dried kind.

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