If you’re a cat lover, you know that our feline friends like to get into everything. Potted plants are no exception. Here are 10 tips to keep cats out of potted plants.
- Choose plants that are not toxic to cats. Some common houseplants, such as lilies, are poisonous to cats. If you have a cat, it’s best to avoid these plants altogether. There are many non-toxic plants that are safe for cats, so there’s no need to take the risk.
- Keep plants out of reach. If your cat can’t reach the plants, she can’t get into them. Place plants on high shelves or in hanging baskets.
- Use a physical barrier. If you have a determined cat, she may be able to jump or climb to reach her prize. To be safe, put a physical barrier around the plants. A wire mesh or chicken wire fence will do the trick.
- Use a deterrent spray. There are commercial sprays available that are designed to keep cats away from certain areas. You can also make your own deterrent spray by mixing water with lemon juice or vinegar.
- Make the pot unattractive. Some cats are attracted to the potting soil itself. To deter them, cover the soil with rocks or gravel. You can also try using a different type of potting mix, such as cactus mix.
- Keep the area clean. A clean potting area is less likely to attract cats. Be sure to sweep up any spilled soil and water the plants regularly.
- Use a motion-activated sprinkler. These devices are designed to deter animals from entering an area. When the cat enters the area, the sprinkler will activate and startle her. This may take a few tries before the cat gets the message and stays away.
- Use a loud noise. Cats are sensitive to sound, so a loud noise may deter them from the area. Try a loud whistle or an air horn.
- Use a light. Cats are also sensitive to light, so a bright light may deter them. Try a motion-activated floodlight or a solar-powered light.
- Be consistent. Whatever method you choose, be sure to use it consistently. Cats are creatures of habit, so if you keep changing the rules, they may never learn to stay away from the plants.
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