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Keep Cats Out of Your Houseplants With These Tips

Cat and HouseplantHaving a cat with a taste for houseplants can not only be frustrating; it can be hazardous to the health of your cat as well. Many common houseplants are toxic to cats, including snake plants, aloe vera and jade plants. These toxic plants should always be kept away from hungry kitties, but there are steps you can take to discourage your cat from munching on the rest of your houseplants as well.

Make Plants Less Attractive to Cats

There are several ways you can make house plants seem less appetizing to your feline companion. Cats typically don’t like the smell of citrus, so you can start by laying orange and lemon peels in the soil of potted plants. Sprinkling a little cayenne pepper around the leaves of your houseplants can make cats think twice about eating them, too.

If your cat likes to use potted plants as a litter box, consider covering the soil with a layer of large, smooth pebbles and stones. This texture will make the plants seem far less appealing to most cats.

Grow Plants That Cats Avoid

In addition to cat-proofing your existing plants, you can also grow plants that cats are predisposed to dislike. Rosemary is a great option to consider, because cats don’t like the smell of this aromatic herb and you can use it in your kitchen. Cats also tend to avoid thorny plants like roses and cacti.

Create a Sanctuary for Your Plants

If you just can’t seem to keep a curious cat away from your plants, you may just have to move them to a place that your cat can’t access. You could even treat this as an opportunity to create a lush indoor greenhouse in a room that gets plenty of light. You may also be able to hang potted plants to keep them out of reach of your cat as well.

Keep These Essentials in a First-Aid Kit for Kitties

Since April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we thought this would be an ideal time to consider how you can prepare for pet emergencies in your home. While cats are nimble and usually seem to avoid getting hurt while making mischief, accidents do happen. Being ready for the occasional pet emergency means having… Continue Reading

An Explanation of Feline Headbutting Behavior

From paw kneading to slow blinking, cats exhibit a variety of curious social behaviors that can seem pretty mysterious to humans. One such behavior that is particularly common is headbutting, or “bunting.” You might notice your cat headbutting your legs when you get home from work, or headbutting another one of their feline friends before… Continue Reading

Kitty Can’t See: The Best Ways to Care for a Blind Cat

*Today we have a guest post from our friends at PurringPal* Of all the animals known to mankind, cats are one of those that are known to possess exemplary eyesight. Nobody can contest a cat’s capacity to accurately see things in the dark. In fact, humans and other animals may be lagging behind when it… Continue Reading

Cats May Not Be So Good at Catching Rats After All

In addition to being great companion pets, cats have long been held in high regard for their ability to control rodent populations as well. Many generations of farmers have relied on their cats’ natural hunting instincts to keep mice and other small pests out of their barns, for example. But as it turns out, cats… Continue Reading

Keep Cats Comfortable With the Right Kennel and Boarding Equipment

Because cats are territorial animals that typically don’t like to stray too far from home, a stay at a boarding facility or kennel can be a stressful experience for our feline companions. In some cases, the stress of being temporarily relocated can even aggravate chronic health conditions and have a negative impact on a cat’s… Continue Reading

New Research Sheds Light on the Unique Structure of Cat Tongues

If you’ve ever received an affectionate lick from your cat during one of their grooming sessions, you probably noticed that their tongue is covered in an array of curved spines that feel rough to the touch like a strip of Velcro. It’s common knowledge that the spines on a cat’s tongue aid in the grooming… Continue Reading

Keep Cats Entertained With Interactive Puzzle Feeders

Do you struggle to find enough time in the day to keep your cat entertained? If so, your cat could start misbehaving as a result of their boredom. Fortunately, interactive puzzle feeders offer a simple way to keep your cat stimulated that doesn’t require much time and effort on your part. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Make More Feline Friends With These Tips!

Having trouble getting a friend or family member’s cat to warm up to you? Many cats are very friendly and affectionate, but they can be a little hesitant to trust people when they first meet. The good news is, by learning how to approach cats in a friendly and non-threatening manner, you can make new… Continue Reading

Grooming Your Cat Offers Health and Wellness Benefits

Cats may spend a lot of their free time grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little assistance from their human companions now and then. In fact, running a brush through your cat’s fur offers a great opportunity to bond with your cat and prevent potential health issues. You can learn more… Continue Reading