The Q&A Archives: Cats

Question: I just planted some grasses blue fiscue grass zebra grass and others and my cat and the neighbors are chewing on them could this be harmfull and most of all how can i prevent them from destroying them?

Answer: To protect the plants you might try enclosing them in a wire mesh cage (such as chicken wire) temporarily until they are taller or try covering them with a summer weight row cover fabric (usually used in vegetable gardens). Another option would be to use a commercial repellent formulated to deter cats and other animals, these are usually sold in nurseries and garden centers. Yet another suggestion some gardeners report success spreading thorny branch clippings on the ground around the target plant, apparently this is enough to deter them. Finally, you might consult with your veterinarian as to whether or not this would be harmful to the cats. Good luck with your grasses!

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