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Keeping Cats Out of House Plants

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.

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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

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.

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January 22, 2009

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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November 7, 2013

Simple, but very effective! After years of trying almost everything to stop Brooklyn, our cat, from leaving his deposit in my overwintering houseplants I finally hit on this method which seems to have stopped him in his tracks.

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July 5, 2013

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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October 13, 2010

Does anyone know how to keep cats away from potted plants?

By Tammie from Wildomar, CA

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October 14, 20100 found this helpful

Use some lemon juice in your kitchen, and put the rinds in the dirt. They hate it!
Hope that helps.

PBP

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

Pinecones, lots of sizes, helped keep cats out of mine. Debi

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

Just place orange peels on top of the soil. Cats hate the smell of any kind of citrus. I also used this tip in my flower beds. They wont come near it.

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January 3, 2011

How can I keep a cat away from my houseplants?

By Pamela from Shreve, OH

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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 Hunt

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October 14, 2010

How do you stop cats from pooping in houseplants?

By quana from Dayton, OH

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

Cover the top of each planter with aluminum foil forming it loosely around the plant itself.

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

There are a lot of really good ideas in the ThriftyFun archives below comments here. :-)

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

Just put orange peels in top of the soil. Cats hate the smell of any kind of citrus. I used this tip outside in my flower beds. No more cats using my beds as litter boxes. Hope this helps. ~Janette~

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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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August 14, 2013

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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July 17, 2010

How do you keep cats from digging house plants?

By Shell from Chambersburg, PA

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July 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have done this before. I have mixed or buried jacks, the toys you play with, most of the time my cat wont dig when there are pointy objects in there, also they hate orange slices. Hope this helps!

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July 18, 20100 found this helpful

Fill it with gumballs from a sweet-gum tree, or pine cones.

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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

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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By edieparks (Guest Post)
May 6, 20070 found this helpful

My cousin used moth balls.
good luck
edie

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By Ava (Guest Post)
May 15, 20070 found this helpful

If YOU can stand the smell, I had a neighbor who would put moth balls in her flower bed to keep her cat from using it. I saw her cat go to the flower bed and he made a "couldn't-stand-the-smell" gesture after smelling the moth balls and walked away.

Editor's Note: Please remember that moth balls can be very toxic to pets and put them into something (a mesh bag) so that hey are easy to find when you want to get rid of them.

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September 10, 2015

How do I keep my cat out of poisonous house plants?


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November 23, 2009

How do I stop my cat from pooping in my indoor plants? He has access to the litter box but digs in the plants and poops in it.

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