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If the cat eats plants: what you can do


If your cat nibbles on your plants in the apartment and on the balcony, that's not only annoying - depending on the type of plant, it can also be dangerous for the velvet paw. Therefore, you should try to stop your cat from nibbling plants. The main motto is: offer alternatives! Caution: Many plants are toxic to cats - Shutterstock / Olga Miltsova

As soon as you are out of the living room, the cat jumps onto the windowsill and nibbles on your plants: a situation that can take your nerves off your shoulders. And since many plants are toxic to cats, a dangerous situation on top of that. With the right tips and tricks, however, you can get your cat out of this “hobby”.

Make plants uninteresting for your cat

Cats love to go to plants and nibble on the green. In order to keep the damage to your house and balcony plants as low as possible, it is important to spoil the appetite for the velvet paws.

A solution to this is tea tree oil. For example, dip a cotton swab into the oil and stick it with the damp side up in the soil of the affected houseplant. In many cases this is enough to prevent your room tiger from taking another green snack.

On the other hand, it is better not to use long-distance spray. On the one hand, the smell is usually extremely unpleasant for you, on the other hand, some products contain very aggressive substances: If your cat abuses a plant that you have treated with the spray, in the worst case it can cause burns.

Hang plants out of reach of cats

Another way to keep your cat away from your plants is by hanging flower pots. Because your velvet paw can do a lot - including climbing and jumping - but it cannot fly. So just hang your plants on the ceiling. Not only does it look nice, it is also cat-friendly.

Prevent boredom in cats

Cats also like to go to plants when they are bored. So offer your four-legged friend sufficient activity - for example with suitable cat toys such as balls, stuffed mice, cat fishing or fumbling boards. And your house and balcony plants are no longer interesting for your animal.

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Cat-friendly plants: offer your velvet paw alternatives

If your room tiger cannot be prevented from nibbling on plants, you should offer him harmless alternatives. Especially for house cats that are rarely or not at all outside, it is advisable to pull cat grass, for example.

It not only supports the digestion of your house tiger, but also lets it nibble on greenery as you wish, without harming other plants. Other cat-friendly plants such as catnip and cat gander are also well suited.

Attention: Some flowers and green plants are toxic to velvet paws. For safety, you should either not have them in your home or keep them out of the reach of your cat. The best way to find out is on this list of plants poisonous to cats.

Cat eats poisonous plant: what to do?

If, nevertheless, your cat eats a plant that is poisonous to it, it is an emergency. Poisoning is accompanied by symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, tremors and drooling.

If you are suspected, go to the vet immediately! This can take measures to remove the poison from the cat's body.

You can find out which plants you can put up in your home without hesitation in our guide "Cat-friendly plants for balconies and apartments".