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How do I get my cat to stop eating plants?

How to Stop Your Cat from Eating Plants

If you are finding it difficult to keep your cat away from plants, then you are not alone. Cats of all types have a natural curiosity of exploring their environment, and so this often involves nibbling on the odd plant here and there!

Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to stop your cat from eating plants:

1. Provide Appropriate Alternatives

Cats have a natural instinct to chew and bite things, so it’s important to provide them with appropriate alternatives. Cat grass is a great option, as it is designed for cats specifically and allows them to chew without harming your house plants.

2. Move Your Plants out of Reach

If you find that your cat just won’t leave your plants alone, then the best thing to do is move them out of reach. Put them up high on shelves, counter-tops or walls, so your cat can’t get to them.

3. Deter Your Cat with Taste and Smell

Another option is to put deterrents around your plants to discourage your cat from wanting to eat them. Cat-safe, bitter-tasting sprays can be bought from pet stores or online – these are harmless to your cat but unpleasant to eat. You can also sprinkle essential oils such as citronella or lavender around the base of the plant to further discourage your cat.

4. Supervise Your Cat

The most effective way to prevent your cat from eating plants is to supervise them when they are near them. Make sure to provide all the alternative chewing options, and distract them with toys or cuddles when they show a curiosity in the plants. With time, your cat should start to lose interest.

5. Invest in Cat Trees or Scratching Posts

Cat trees and scratching posts are great investments as they provide a safe area for your cat to scratch, chew and explore. They also stop your cat from wanting to explore other areas of your home, such as your house plants.

It is possible to stop your cat from eating plants, but it will take time, patience and training. By following these tips, you should eventually be able to discourage your cat away from plants and towards more appropriate alternatives.

Good luck and happy training!

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