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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cat eating plants

My kitten has been going to town on my mum's plants. NONE of them are posionus, but she is eating them and killing some of them. Did any of you have this problem or no how to remedy it? I know there are products to spray on your plants to make them taster bitter. Have any of you tried these and what do you think about them? My mum has plants all over the house, so moving the plants or keeping her away from them is not really an option. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 02:30 PM
 
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Even tho the house plants are not posinous to us...they could be harmful to your kitty. Cats are natural carnivores and eating plants could harm their diet...not to mention that alot of plants are harmful when eaten by cats (especially household plants) I would use a spray bottle to keep her away from the plants ....they uaually work quite well
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Even tho the house plants are not posinous to us...they could be harmful to your kitty. Cats are natural carnivores and eating plants could harm their diet...not to mention that alot of plants are harmful when eaten by cats (especially household plants) I would use a spray bottle to keep her away from the plants ....they uaually work quite well
I know they are not harmful to cats or dogs. There are not really house plants. They are herbs and grasses and they are not harmful to animals. I was trying to avoid using a spray bottle becaue I want her to learn that she should NEVER eat the plants. I am afraid the spray bottle with just teach her not to eat the plants when I am around.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 04:13 PM
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I sprayed my plants with bitter apple spray. I think that's supposed to work.

Thomas is so dumb though. He bites a leaf, gags, then bites a different leaf, gags again...as so on. Until he's managed to remove all the bitter apple spray and he can eat to his hearts content. So...You could try it. It might work with a normal cat!
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I have bitter apple and it works only as long as the leaf is damp with the spray. I spray some on if I catch one of the cats attacking the plant, but obviously it's a major nuisance to have to keep spraying the plants, not to mention what all that moisture will do to what the plants are on, so occasionally they get a few leaves while I'm gone or my back is turned.

If it's a desire for greens that is motivating the cat to go for the plants, some cat grass might work as an alternative.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2005, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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If it's a desire for greens that is motivating the cat to go for the plants, some cat grass might work as an alternative.
My mom has pots of grass all over the house for her to eat. She does, but she still loves the other plants.
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