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Name: RADishGAL
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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radishgirl
Aug 6, 2017 4:30 PM CST
Hello!
I love my indoor houseplants, I have roughly 35 plants and have spent a lot of time and money on them. I have all sorts of plants, poisonous and not.
I'm looking into getting a kitten but am worried I will have to get rid of my previous plants!!
Any tips out there from plant loving cat owners?

Any tips will help!
Thank you!!
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Aug 6, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Every cat I've ever had played with plants but never nibbled. I have a nibbler now. I can't keep any plants in my house or he'll eat them. Check out which plants are toxic to cats and get rid of those.

This is just my experience and advice. Good luck finding a kitty! Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 6, 2017 5:12 PM CST
My cat will eat any plant that she can reach. She ate a Easter Lily and spent a week on dialysis when she was just a couple years old. I keep the small ones in old fish aquariums I have found at the thrift stores. Others are out of reach on high shelves. I also have a couple rooms that I can keep the doors shut (and the cat out).

My daughter put her plants inside a big cage that has stories in it. Its supposed to be for cats (keeping them in, not keeping them out).

All plants are toxic - its just the degree of toxicity.

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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Aug 6, 2017 5:24 PM CST
You might want to check the poisonous and safe list of houseplants put out by the ASPCA. It's not comprehensive but at least it's a start. Click on the name of the plant you own and it will tell you whether it is safe or not. Here's hoping to a mutual co-existence. Smiling

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care...

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 6, 2017 6:05 PM CST
How about hanging baskets?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 6, 2017 6:42 PM CST
My cats also love to chew on my houseplants, if given the chance. The houseplants are now all in our sunroom, which is kept closed off except when we are out there.

Having pets (of any sort) does require some compromises, I'm afraid!
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Name: stone
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stone
Aug 7, 2017 6:09 AM CST
You know...
I discussed how my cats enjoyed picking fruit off the vine on another thread and people acted like they'd never heard of the like...

I believe they crave the extra fiber and nutrients and variety... That they don't get from cat food.

Maybe try offering them some of the fruits and veggies that my cats enjoy... And see if they stop tearing up the house plants...

I used to leave tomatoes and cucumbers out on a counter or window ledge, but... The cats kept eating them...
I started keeping these fruits in the fridge... And the cats started picking their own.

Gotta be better than poison house plants...

If yer interested, I'll provide a list of fruit and vegetables that my cats enjoy...
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Aug 7, 2017 6:29 AM CST
My cats co exist with most of my plants and I have a lot, you must teach your kitten from day one, first get a spray water bottle thats a must, I have a few, when your kitten goes near a plant a firm NO and remove the kitten away from the plant, I've given my cats plenty of window space along with my plants, I do have a few plants that they just wont stay away from, my parlor palm and spider plants, I just put them where the cats cant reach them. I still have to use the spay bottle once in a while, as soon as I pick up the bottle they run because they dont want to be hit with a blast of water nodding I hope this helps, keep us posted
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 7, 2017 7:13 AM CST
In my experience, cat training is only reliable when you are present. The water spray works well - when you are home to threaten it. Hanging baskets.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 7, 2017 7:28 AM CST
porkpal said:In my experience, cat training is only reliable when you are present. The water spray works well - when you are home to threaten it. Hanging baskets.


While I completely agree that cat training only works when we are present...

If you believe that hanging plants are safe..... Your cats must be awfully fat and lazy.

My cats could jump from the floor to the ceiling if properly motivated... I can't imagine any way to keep a healthy active kitty from completely destroying all the hanging plants in the house..... Matter of fact.... The hanging plants would probably be of greater interest than the plants in the sill....

Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 8:17 AM CST
I still think that cats eating fruits and veggies sounds pretty crazy, Stone, but since I now have lots of cucumbers from the garden I'm going to give it a try. We've left many bowls of tomatoes sitting on the table and counters over the years, though, without any cats attempting to eat them. Maybe I shouldn't get them started on the idea, now that I think about it...

As far as houseplants, it's pretty much just certain things that mine have gone after -- most notably my ponytail palm, and the Christmas cactus have always been pretty tempting for them, too.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 7, 2017 10:04 AM CST
One of our cars likes bell peppers.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 7, 2017 10:16 AM CST
We had one cat that liked green grapes. Shrug!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 7, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Ah, yes. They add the excitement of the chase!
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Aug 7, 2017 3:43 PM CST
My cats does not really like to munch on my plants, but they both like somehow to feel the leaves against their skin as they walk by. Thankfully the do it only on my plant outdoors, or they try to smell some after a few days again, marking their scent, but not really digging in. They especially like the leaves of my Crassula ovata 'Gollum' maybe it feels like fingers as they walk by under it.

But as protection for some plants, just in case, I have these cat repellant spiky mesh, which I precut to shape, placed around the top soil, so my cats will not dare dig in. Just can't help it at times I guess, cats love to dig, especially if they want to deposit something. But it deters them well, so they just go to one favored spot with lots of fallen leaves where they do their outdoor business, or I also have an outdoor litterbox, sometimes they use it.

For my plants indoors, they don't mind the plants, some are in an elevated area, some are just on ground level. Of course they can still jump on it if they want to, but these are adult cats, so they are less curious than kittens. But I still have my water spray on hand always, it is my fastest deterrent, but got to repeat it often, to remind them it is off limits. Cats will always love to explore or make their fictitious run around play for fun, scampering suddenly for no real reason. But for the most part, they are asleep during the day. My plants indoors are Dracaena marginata, pothos, Sanseveirias, ZZ plant, Clivia plants, orchids and carnivores.

Since you will be acquiring a kitten, it will still go the explore around stage a lot more frequently. Just got to be patient. I find they do remember quite well, but will always try to sneak around always, given the chance. Big Grin
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 7, 2017 5:22 PM CST
I did have one cat who insisted, at times loudly and forcefully, that the best place to sleep was in the plant pots. Hilarious!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Aug 7, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Oh oh, Tarev, Does this mean smoky has adopted you too? Is now an in/out cat?
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Tarev, you may have gotten there reluctantly -- but you certainly are an excellent cat parent! Big Grin
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 7, 2017 6:33 PM CST
I found that with kittens, it was always better to have two right away. They would entertain and play with each other rather than getting into things. Even getting siblings is fine because being close in age keeps them at the same activity level. Kittens are not like puppies where they say let them get used to you and approach you. You need to initiate the affection, to pet and hold kittens alot. The best social cats were kittens that my kids held and never let go.

May you be blessed with happiness and the ability to find the perfect pet!
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Aug 7, 2017 7:25 PM CST
I /we have had 9 cats.
All have had the opportunity to go outside if they so choose.
Sharon has a lot of plants that go in the bay window summer and basement winter.
None have really made much effort to chew on them very often but the large ones they on occasion like to use as a toilet or drink the water from the tray under the plants.
Sharon on occasion has a worry snit about it but none have ever suffered from it that I know of.

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