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Keeping Cats Out of House Plants

House plants are often quite attractive to your cats inspiring digging, munching, and sometimes use as a cat box. This is a guide about keeping cats out of house plants.

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July 22, 2009 Flag
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My sweet kitty just loves when I dig up the dirt to plant my flowerbeds and thinks that she's discovered a new litter box! After trying other methods: sprinkling in hot pepper (nope), cayenne pepper (nope), even adding clam shells into the soil (nope), I tried this.

I heard that animals don't like citrus and so after making orange-lemonade (3 oranges, 3 lemons and sugar to a gallon, YUM). I slivered up the peels and sprinkled them around in my flower bed under petals so they didn't show. You may also even add soil to empty citrus fruit peel halves and plant some small flower seeds and use them as pots! It worked! No more kitty visits!

I ended up doing the same around my vegetable garden fencing since a groundhog started making his rounds there soon after! Hope this helps all my creative friends out there! :D

By AHA! from Sterling, PA

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June 7, 2010 Flag
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I use fruit and veggie net bags to protect my floor plants from my bad kitties that like to dig and leave 'unmentionables' in them. I cut a bag into a circle to fit the diameter of the pot, then cut down the middle. Using clear packaging tape, I tape each side to the rim of the pot up to the base of the plant in the middle. My cats hate the netting and you can water and fertilize right through the net. Here's to loving bad kitties!

By krisanthemum from Pataskala, OH

January 22, 2009 Flag
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I have read questions on how to keep cats out of your house plants. Simple, use tin foil. Lay tin foil around the plant on the dirt. Don't push it down onto the dirt or you will start to get some mold. Just lay it on top. Your cats will hate it, and your plants will be fine.

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September 10, 2015 Flag
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How do I keep my cat out of poisonous house plants?

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September 11, 20150 found this helpful

Abigail is absolutely right.

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August 14, 2013 Flag
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I have two 5 month old kittens. The one has started to lay in the plant. He is not digging in it, eating it, or using it as a litter box. He just likes laying in the plant on the dirt. The only thing is he ends up dragging dirt everywhere when he gets out. Is there a way to keep him from getting in my plants?

By Tina W.

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March 11, 20160 found this helpful

Use lava rocks for a more attractive and permanant solution (rather than aluminum foil). Spread a layer of lava on top of the dirt- its porous and not harmful to plants or pets. You can also stick toothpicks in the soil, but be sure to use a lot, you'll need to put them in very close to each other (aprox. ½ inch apart) so it prevents any access to them getting little paws into pots.

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December 3, 2011 Flag
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My house cat (kitten) is getting into my houseplants. He is sitting and digging. What can I do to keep him out?

By Patty

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December 5, 20110 found this helpful

Definitely avoid moth balls and I can tell you from experience that pebbles on top of the soil will work plus the pebbles help keep moisture in the soil so it's a win win solution ;-)

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October 13, 2010 Flag
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Does anyone know how to keep cats away from potted plants?

By Tammie from Wildomar, CA

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November 4, 20100 found this helpful

Spray the cat with water every time it goes near the plant. Let the cat see the sprayer. When you leave the house, put the spray bottle in front of the plant and the cat will leave it alone. At least it worked with our cat.

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January 3, 2011 Flag
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How can I keep a cat away from my houseplants?

By Pamela from Shreve, OH

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February 5, 20140 found this helpful

Cats hate the smell of citrus. Put a few orange,lemon or lime peels around the base of the plant. No more worries. Hope this helps.

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October 14, 2010 Flag
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How do you stop cats from pooping in houseplants?

By Quana from Dayton, OH

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

Also, change your cat litter. The cat seems to prefer the texture and smell of the earth over the texture and smell of your present litter. Try different litters until you find one the cat will use. I am a foster parent for a no-kill cat shelter, and presently have 9 cats. I have 10 litter boxes and 3 different kinds of litter. Some cats use the clumping, some will use only the non clumping clay litter and 2 cats will only use the recycled newsprint litter! None of them like the "super absorbent silicone" litter! Good luck. You may just have to use potting soil in your litter box!

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July 17, 2010 Flag
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How do you keep cats from digging house plants?

By Shell from Chambersburg, PA

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July 21, 20100 found this helpful

Set them on sheets of aluminum foil, cats hate the feel and the noise.

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April 26, 2007 Flag
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I have stray and neighborhood cats that spray on my front porch, and also my plants and flowers. They are killing my garden! Does anyone have an idea on how to prevent them from spraying on outdoor plants? I've heard of the pepper and coffee grounds, but I don't think they are sniffing, they just lift and spray. Help!

Hardiness Zone: 9a

Nicole from Chowchilla, CA

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March 11, 20160 found this helpful

!!POISON!! MOTHBALLS are TOXIC and POISONOUS!! To animals, plants, *Groundwater, water run off and children

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July 5, 2013 Flag
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I recently adopted two male cats from a shelter. They are about two years old and are well behaved in every aspect except one started using my large potted houseplants as a litter box. After researching various remedies on line, I bought a bag of "rough" decorative gravel/rocks from Home Depot for about $5....

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