The Q&A Archives: My Cats Eat My Indoor House Plants

Question: what can I do? I've been to The Home Depot for a product and was directed to PetSmart and they didn't have anything. My 2 cats love to chew and poke holes thru my plants leaves.

Answer: I'm sure they are just playing, but maybe they need a planter of grass or catnip of their own? Place one somewhere away from your houseplants and see if that doesn't lure them away from your plants. Or, cats can't stand the a scent of the essential oils of citrus, which may work to your advantage. Most pet stores sell repellants. An aerosol of citrus-based material is often used to prevent catly excursions onto furniture and away from outdoor shrubbery. Perhaps?if used judiciously?it might keep your cat away from your plants. Be very cautious about getting the aerosol onto tender houseplant leaves or you might see chemical damage worse than the existing cat-damage. A possible option would be to place some orange- or lemon-peel shavings on the soil surface. They'll lose their effect in a day or two but, if you stay on the offensive, your cat may develop a new?more acceptable?pattern of behavior.

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