Like people, cats need some roughage every now and then to help keep their digestive tracts stay healthy. Cats will eat grass and greens from time to time for exactly this reason. Some cats will seek out greens to eat and this may be why your cat is eating your plants or parts of your lawn. Please note that this can be dangerous or even poisonous to your cat depending on the plant it chooses to eat and if you use pesticides on your plant and/or lawn.
A good thing to do is to purchase your cat his or her own plant that can be eaten. You can purchase a cat grass growing kit at your local pet store. Some kits will have grass that is already sprouted that you simply maintain. Other kits contain the seeds and dirt and let you start growing from scratch. Whichever your choice your cat will probably enjoy a little patch of grass to munch on every now and then. If your cat has its own plant to eat, it will be likely to want to eat yours.
You should also make it a point to teach your cat that eating other household plants is off limits. One good solution is to put plant stakes around the outside of your cat’s favorite plants. This can create a barrier such that your cat can’t even get to the off-limit plants. Other aversion techniques include the following:
- Give your cat a firm ‘no’ at the moment it does the unwanted behavior. Never ‘punish’ your cat or overly scream or scare your cat. This can make your cat scared of you and make it want to avoid you.
- You can use a spray bottle to spritz your cat every time it does the unwanted behavior. The down side of this approach is that your cat may link you to the nasty squirt it receives.
- Throw an object, like a sock near the cat, gentle letting it know that you want it to stop what it is doing. This will mildly frighten your cat and help it realize that the behavior they just exhibited is a no-no. This method also allows the cat to connect the bop on the head with the sock and not you.
- Place double-sided sticky tape on the area surrounding the plant. Your cat will hate how this feels on it paws and soon stop going there.
- Place aluminum foil on the area surrounding the plant. Most cats hate this feeling on their feet.
- Purchase a cat repellant spray at your local pet store. Just make sure that the spray will be safe for your specific plants.
And you can also get rid of any plants that are in your cat’s reach or remove the plants while you are training.
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