Investing time and effort into growing an indoor garden can be super rewarding since houseplants add color, aesthetics, and of course, oxygen. Unfortunately, cats seem to be interested in houseplants – so much so that they end up ruining them!
So today, we’re discussing how to keep cats out of indoor plants. Granted, no solution is foolproof, but there are ways and tricks to make it very difficult for your cat to get their paws on your indoor plants.
How To Keep Cats Out of Indoor Plants
1. Use a Water Spray
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but hey, why change something that works? Spraying your cat with water is actually a classic technique used in kitty training, so it’s known to work in polishing feline behavior.
All you need is a spray bottle filled with water and simply spray your cat every time they go near the plants. Although it’s pretty simple to execute, this method requires you to be at home most of the time and constantly keep an eye on your cat.
However, some cats still develop a strong repulsion from the plants that they stay away even if you’re not there.
2. Put the Plants in Decorative Cages
If you got small plants, you may be dealing with a cat that enjoys knocking the pots off window sills or shelves. In such a case, you can try placing your indoor plants in decorative bird cages to keep out prying paws.
What you need to do is detach the top of the cage from the base, arrange whatever number of plant pots you want, then just latch the top back on. Consider hanging the cage from a curtain or a hood for more protection.
3. Cover Plant Soil with Pebbles
If you got your hands on a cat that likes to dig the soil out of your plant pots, this trick can help prevent such an act as well as make the pot a less appealing place for your cat to relieve their energy.
Here’s what you should do: use pebbles to completely cover the surface of the soil. Be sure to pick pebbles that are no less than 1-inch large (the bigger, the better!).
You need to pay attention to the size of the pebbles you’re using. Avoid laying down small gravel because your cat may mistake it for litter, so it may end up treating it as a new litter box!
4. Try a Repellent Spray
Another spraying approach that seems to work for lots of cat owners is to spray the plants themselves with a solution to steer your cat away.
You can buy one of the strongly scented products available on the market or just make your own mixture at home. Either way, the spray should be able to make your cat turn up their nose if they get too close to the plants.
To make a repellent spray at home, you’ll need to mix water and soap that’s heavily perfumed, for example, citrus or lavender scents. You can also try mixing water with a puree of garlic, but note that it’s a way more pungent approach.
5. Sprinkle Lemon Peels Around the Plant
Cats don’t appreciate lemon peels at all, so you don’t get rid of the peels after you juice your lemons! Instead, cut them into strips and place them over the soil around the plant’s base. For maximum effect, renew the peels every week or so.
6. Give Your Cat their Own Plant
Distraction may be the best solution to your cat/plant situation. This means luring your cat away from the “important” plants by providing them with another separate plant such as catnip, mint, or thyme. Most cats like these plants, and don’t worry, they’re totally safe to chew on from time to time.
To wrap things up, keep in mind that some cats need a bit more effort than others to prevent them from ruining indoor plants. Luckily, there’s a variety of ways for you to try, so you’ll eventually find something that works!