Pets vs. Plants

Pets vs. Plants

We have previously presented a list of toxic houseplants that can be dangerous to your pets, and also gone over some houseplants that are completely harmless.

Besides those two important learnings, wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep your plants safe from your furry friends?

Cats are territorial.

Dogs are playful.

These are two dangerous characteristics when it comes to keeping them away from your houseplants.

But now that you have both, I bet you wouldn’t want to get rid of either one! And you shouldn’t at all!

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8 ways to prevent your Pets from getting into your Plants

What problems can there be when you have both pets and plants?

Well, for starters, most of your pets will go through a period when everything is of interest. They are just curious by nature!

Particularly cats… And, you know, their curiosity is mostly satisfied by their mouth. Just like humans like to touch things, pets like to taste them!

Especially when they are still young, your pets might also find it interesting to use your pot ground as a toilet. And this can be catastrophic to your plant’s health or even kill it!

But wait, before losing hope or deciding not to have one of the two, please go ahead and keep reading…

Tips and Tricks to keep your pets from destroying your plants:

1. Do not allow your pets access to your plant areas.

  • Place plants on high shelves that your pets cannot reach.
  • If these are not high enough, make sure they are so packed that your pet doesn’t see a way to step foot there.

2. Opt for having more hanging plants over floor plants or furniture that is of difficult reach.

Here are some ideas that will fit perfectly into your décor without necessarily making your house look cluttered:

  • Floating selves
  • Ceiling hangers
  • Wall hangers
  • Tall plant stands
  • Glass cabinets

3. Make use of strong smells that will keep your pets away.

Cats, for instance, are overly sensitive to scents. You can get essential oils for example and keep them in bowls around your plants. Citrus is a good one to experiment with.

Your cats will avoid this strong smell at all costs! Just be mindful of the time it lasts… I am sorry to say it’s not that long.

4. Decorate your pots by covering the soil with pebbles so that your pet won’t be able to dig on it.

Pebbles, pinecones, large pieces of charcoal, clean seashells… You get the idea, the effect will be the same. What’s important is that introducing these new elements will give your pet a hard time getting all the way down to the soil. And hopefully, he’ll stop trying.

How to keep your perts away from your houseplants

5. For a while (but not indefinitely!) you can also experiment with covering the soil with aluminum foil.

Your pet won’t like the sound it makes and will step away.

6. Being especially useful for cat owners, a great way to divert your cat’s attention from your plants is to grow cat grass.

Gift your cats with their very own plant, so that they know this is the one plant they can mess with. Place this pot by your cats’ feeding area to help them understand it’s their own.

7. Use repellents.

You can go for cat repellants from the plant store. Just make sure you learn about its composition since these ready-made products are normally not the best for your houseplants to be the happiest.

Another idea is to use double tape as a repellent. Tape it around your pot or over the soil (depending on your pet’s preferences for destruction!).

When they get nearby, their fur will stick to it and I can bet the experience won’t be pleasant. One way or another, they do learn the rules at some point. And this is one of the simplest and most painless ways of trying.

8. Keep a water spray bottle nearby, so that every time you see your pet playing with or eating a plant, you can quickly scare them away.

Don’t spray your pet directly, but rather aim at the wall or the floor right next to them, or spray the plant itself. They will get the message!

You should also redirect them into a different activity and reinforce their positive behavior so that they understand “good vs. bad”.


If none of these work but you still want to have both pets and plants in your household, maybe it would be an idea to set up a specific plant room where your pets are not allowed.

On another hand, if your pet is still young or new to your household, chances are that it will be easy to train him not to touch your plants from the start.


Check out these great home décor recommendations, that will help to keep your pets from destroying your plants:

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Pets vs. Plants must have equipment

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Pets vs. Plants must have equipment

 

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Get your cats their very own houseplant:

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2 comments

  1. Tiffany S

    Wonderful post. Our cats love to climb, so we went with hanging plants. All wonderful suggestions!

    Reply
  2. Donna

    Such a good read. I’m a plant lover, but don’t have any pets. But whenever we do get a furry friend, this info will be very beneficial. Thanks for sharing!!

    Reply

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