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Cats and houseplants?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Lesa, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Is there a solution to cats who prefer houseplants to litter boxes? I have seen expensive "spikes" in some catalogs, but I was hoping for something that I might have laying around. Any ideas??
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    When we had inside cats I put foil around the bottoms of all my plants.
    How many littler boxes and cats do you have?
  3. Aneesa's Muse

    Aneesa's Muse Songster

    Jun 8, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I put ball'd up aluminum foil over the entire surface of plant's dirt/substrate ..and it worked pretty good. They don't like the feel ..not sure why.. and the aluminum doesn't hurt the plant.

    If you have multiple cats, you should have multiple boxes ..even if they still only use the one. You could have 4 cats and 4 boxes ..and they all only use 2 [​IMG] ...but that's not the point (so Aneesa ..my beloved/departed kitty... once told me). Having multiple options is the point [​IMG]

    Then again, Feliway is a miracle cure for a lot of quirky cat behaviours...
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Just break off (or not - just bury) the handles to a bunch of plastic forks & bury them "teeth" up, they will not enjoy.....you can do the same in outdoor bedding areas where you have "issues". I just save them up from "take-out" - wash & re-use.....
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    I put a lot of decorative stone pebbles in mine. Stones the size of banty eggs. Too heavy to dig around in and pretty to look at.
  6. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I use pretty stones and in really large planters ( I have a huge cactus) I use bricks. My trouble isnt with them using them as litter boxes it using them as snacks. I've also used a little red or caynne pepper to deter them.
  7. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I second the stones/rocks thing. It kept my two cats from digging in my houseplants
  8. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State
    The tin foil method works great for mine.

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