Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ask Sprout!

So here is our first question for Ask Sprout! Claudia writes:

OK, my STUPID cat, Chuck, likes to eat my plants. Do you know of anyproducts that will stop his munching that are also organic and non-toxic tocats and plants?
I've tried a few things but nothing has worked. There was spray from PetCothat claimed to be an organic nasty taste - it was more like salad dressingto this freaky cat. He loved the stuff. I've also had plants die after beingtreated by other stuff.
I hate having to limit the plants in the house and/or put them in weirdplaces he can't reach.
Thanks Sprout!

Well, I'm not any kind of expert on animals, so my first reaction is to recommend you check out the ASPCA web site. They have an extensive list of what plants are poisonous to animals and information about changing your cat's behavior when it comes to eating your houseplants. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/safeguarding-cats-from-plants.html

I also consulted my plant vendor, who happens to have cats who are just like Chuck! She agreed that the pet store sprays made the plants even more appealing. She said the only thing that worked for her, besides spraying her cats with a squirt gun, was to sprinkle cayenne pepper over the soil of the plant. Her cats found the scent of that to be unappealing and avoided the plant.

Hope this helps! Perhaps you'll have to learn to love the - dreaded - fake plants!

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