A cat destroying houseplants is a huge problem for many people who love plants but love their cats too. Some people have even given up their plants because of their cats destroying them. Cats have a tendency to dig up the plant dirt and eat leaves. But who can blame them? They are curious by nature. The good news is that you CAN train your cat to leave your plants alone.
First, you should always keep NON-toxic plants in your home. See our list at the bottom of the page.
But why are your cats attacking and destroying your plants in the first place?
- They simply like the taste of the plant’s leaves. Even non-toxic plants can cause upset stomach, nausea and vomiting. Some cats eat plants to purge their systems with the leaf fiber.
- The movement of the leaves attracts cats. This is especially true of all palms. Any slight breeze or the noise from being batted by a cat’s paw can cause more fascination.
- Your cat might be attacking your plants simply out of boredom. Aggressive behavior can be brought on by leaving your cat alone for long periods of time. Give your cat a cat toy with catnip.
How to stop your cat destroying houseplants.
- Place plants out of reach if possible.
- Give your cat his/her own plant. Allow your cat to eat one special plant that’s easily accessible. Cat grass is a great idea.
3. If your cat digs up the dirt of your plant and uses it as a toilet, you can simply place large stones over the top of the plant. Your cat will no longer be able to get to the dirt.
Here’s a list of some cat friendly indoor plants:
BABY RUBBER PLANT
The Baby Rubber plant is native to Florida and the Caribbean. It needs indirect light and is relatively easy to take care of. It will brighten up any kitchen window counter ledge or office bookshelf. Its small size gives you unlimited options in where you decide to place it.
This Brazilian plant has white veins on the top of its leaves with a grey-purplish green mixture on the bottom. With the leaves being close and pointed towards the sky like a couple of hands, it lives up to the name Prayer Plant. Although the Prayer Plant doesn’t need a lot of sunlight, the soil needs to stay moist, and it should be fed every two weeks.
Haworthias or also known as the Zebra Cactus is a popular succulent that is a convenient size. It has different variations. Some are thin and bristly, while others can be thick. Some have spots while others are marked with lines or stripes. Regardless of the species you choose, they are safe for your feline, and the sharp pointy exterior provides a natural deterrent to your cat’s curiosity. Keep in mind, that with some low-lying succulents, there’s the potential that a cat can injure themselves if they were to run into one of the sharp pointed ends. They can sustain damage to their eyes, tongue, oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, and/or intestines (if swallowed). However, you can always try placing the Zebra Cactus up higher and out of reach.
HENS AND CHICKS
Hens and Chicks generally have a blue tint. They have a flowery look, which makes this succulent another popular pick for pet owners looking to add some more color inside. It doesn’t need a lot of water but loves sunshine. Usually, cats are not interested in succulents.
This plant’s beautiful long grass-like leaves will provide a hiding spot for your furry friend when they’re feeling mischievous. And if your cat is a chewer, this plant looks just as good hanging so you can hang it out of reach.
The Moth Orchid is one of the most common orchids. This ray of sunlight is a great addition to any home looking for more than just greenery. The Moth Orchid is relatively easy to care for and grows well inside, blooming most of the year.
The Money Plant is a nice addition to any living area. The Money Plant’s name stems from the Feng Shui belief that it brings positive energy and good luck to the owner.
THE ARECA PALM
Although some species of palm can be toxic to cats, the Areca Palm is non-toxic and can be set nearly anywhere inside. Its wispy palm fronds will probably intrigue your cat’s curiosity, possibly causing them to swipe or potentially chew anything they can reach.
The Parlor Palm is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. It’s both beautiful and easy to care for, adds romance to your living space and is non-toxic to cats. Place a number of these in any room.
DWARF BANANA PLANT
The Dwarf Banana Plant is an even more dramatic and safe choice for cats. The giant paddle-like leaves make this native of South East Asia a bold statement in any home. The perfect spot for the Dwarf Banana Plant is near a south-facing window.
We hope that these plants and solutions will help with your cat destroying houseplants.