Plants do make a great addition to the house as they come in different colors with individual benefits but the common benefit they provide to us is b giving us oxygen. But when you have a pet in the house especially a cat then becomes quite difficult to keep cats out of houseplants.
How to Keep Cats Away From Plants:
Although cats are carnivorous they also nip on houseplants to get added nutrients and fibers or sometimes they chew on houseplants just to taste them. While some cats use the plants as a litter box or play with them. When cats are indoors for more time they are going to behave like this but this behavior becomes annoying when they are destroying the plant. You can use certain ways to keep them away from your plants.
- Keeping the plant away from the reach of your feline is the best and the easiest way. Moving the plants in a secure location such as on the shelves that are too high for the cat to jump, placing the plant in the balcony or in the area where cats cannot access.
- Even after keeping the plants on the shelves the cat is still disturbing, the next option arises to hang the plants. Hanging the plants near the window keeps the cat away from tempting its paws and mouth.
- Some cats love to dig in plants and play with the plant’s dirt. It becomes necessary to cover the dirt with a rock to protect the plant soil. Decide the size of the rock big or smaller, bigger ones would be beneficial as they cannot be moved by the cat’s paws. Instead of rocks, you can use dry pieces of rock or seashells to make it decorative. Use of pine cones makes the cat move away from the plant due to its scent.
- Another option is to cover the plant with plastic wire, this will make the cat unable to dig into the plants.
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Homemade Spray to Keep Cats From Eating Plants (Homemade Spray for Cats):
Cats are more sensitive to odors as compared to humans which brings a benefit for those who want to keep their houseplants safe from their pet cats.
Here are some ways to create plant spray for cats–
Mixing Essential Oils-
For this, you will need two drops of wild orange essential oil, two drops of lemon essential oil and two drops of lavender essential oil. Mix all the above essential oils with water and pour it in a glass spray bottle. The use of a glass bottle is essential as plastic spray bottles degrade the essential oils easily. Spray the mixture around the plants to keep away the cats.
Vinegar Cat Repellent-
The ingredients needed for this homemade spray include one part of white vinegar, one part of liquid hand soap and one part of water. Add both vinegar and water in a plastic or glass bottle and blend them. When both vinegar and water get blended completely add liquid hand soap and shake well until all the three ingredients get mixed. Spray the mixture in the targeted area to avoid cats coming to that area.
Citrus Cat Repellent-
Ingredients needed for this are two cups of water, one cup of orange, lime or lemon peels, two teaspoons of lemon juice and lemon-scented dish soap. Boil two cups of water in a medium pan, mix the citrus peel and boil the mixture. Transfer the mixture in a spray bottle when the mixture gets cool completely. Add lemon juice and lemon-scented dish soap and shake all of them. Apply the mixture around the plants.
Citronella Oil Repellent-
Fill the spray bottle with water and 20 drops of citronella oil and shake it well. The combination also keeps the insects away, so it will be beneficial to spray it inside as well as outside the house.
Garlic, Pepper and Lemon Cat repellent (Cat Repellent)-
For this, you will need one tablespoon of black pepper, one tablespoon of dry mustard, one tablespoon of cinnamon, one crushed garlic clove, 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil and water. Blend the pepper, mustard, and cinnamon in a spray bottle. Add the essential lemon oil and crushed garlic cloves in the spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and blend all the ingredients. Spray the mixture around the houseplants as well as outside the plants.
Plants Cats Won’t Eat (Plants That Cats Do Not Like):
There are certain plants that cats do not like, this is like an opportunity for those people who love plants and cats both. Cats generally those plants who have high aromatics. The common plants that cats won’t eat are-
- Rosemary proves to be a great indoor plant but cats hate the plant because it is highly aromatic. Rosemary also proves to be a fresh twig for cooking which the house smells great.
- Growing scaredy-cat plants in the house act as a good repellent to all the pets. The smell of this plant is so bad that it repels the cats away from the plant.
- Other plants such as cactus and rose enforce the cats to move away from them because of their thorns. Whenever the cats try to mess around these plants or play around them the cat will automatically move away from them.
Other than the above plants here is a list some other plants that act as natural cat repellent plants–
- Common rue
- Curry plant
How to Keep Cats Out of Flower Beds: (Keeping Cats Away From Flower Beds)
Not only it is important to keep the cats away from houseplants but it is also necessary to keep the cats away from your flower beds or gardens. Following are some cat repellents ways-
Chicken Wire Fencing-
Preventing plants of the garden with chicken wire will keep the cat walking around the plants as cats hate chicken wires. For planting your plants cut out holes in the chicken wire using wire cutter.
Cat Repellent Plants–
Another way to keep out the cats away from your garden is to keep smelly plants, cats hate some plants odor. Scaredy cat plant works as an effective plant. Cats also hate the smell of rosemary and lavender plants.
Electric Wire Fence-
If the cat seems to be more annoying and does not stop from going to your flower beds place an electric wire.
To keep out of the reach of your garden water devices such as water guns and sprinklers proves to be an effective way.
Sound Repellent Devices-
Sound repellent are motion-activated devices, you can also make your own noise device by placing stones and marbles in an empty that may stop cats from walking around the fence. Wind chimes and bells make sensitive noise when the cat creates a vibration.
Cats don’t like the smell of dried blood found in meal fertilizers and citrus. By using peels of oranges, lemons, lime, and grapefruit in the yard reduce the risk of cats roaming in the garden.
There are several cat repellents available in the market, if you do not want to use the above remedies or if your still not stops moving around your yard buy an effective cat repellent available from the market.
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