Bringing a plant into your home should be a fairly easy endeavor- as endeavors go, anyway. But for pet owners, things can get a little hairy. See what I did there? Many plant species are toxic for cats and dogs, and it can take some thorough recon to find a pet-safe plant that suits you.
And once you’ve won the battle of finding a plant that’s safe for your pet, you must win the war of keeping your plant safe from your pet!
Most pet owners understand the struggle to keep new items out of paws’ and jaws’ reach. Our curious little creatures love to eat and maim even the most surprising of items. Luckily, there is a plethora of creative options to help defend your plants, and we’ve put together a list of our favorites for you.
Keeping Plats Out of Curious Jaws
The majority of pet owners have experienced the, “Really? You ate that?” moment more than a few times in their pet-owning lives. The list of items that our pets will happily chomp is extensive. As frustrating as it can be, that’s probably because the chewing is usually driven by boredom, instinct or nervousness. It’s not always deliciousness that riles up the need to nibble.
If you’re having trouble keeping your pets from sinking their teeth into your plants, try these safe solutions:
One especially clever pet parent planted wheatgrass to distract her cat from the other plants in the room... and the picture she uploaded doesn't disappoint!
Keeping Plants from Sneaky Paws
Chewing isn’t the only havoc our devilish little angels like to wreak. Few pets can resist the temptation of digging in the soft soil or batting at the baiting leaves of a plant- which can cause just as much damage as a surprise snack attack.
If you’re looking for ways to protect your potting soil from your pets, here are a couple smart suggestions we’ve found:
Every pet owner knows the struggle of catching those sneaky sneaks in the act. Ooh! Note to self: future puppy name - Aftermath.
While the obvious solution to these issues is to simply put the plant where your animal can’t reach it, this might not be the best option for the plant itself. Maybe the only safe haven from your little beast is a closet where the plant won’t get ample light. And what’s the point of having a plant you have to lock away. Plus, most people want their plants easily accessible for watering and pruning.
However, if you’ve tried several other methods plus training to protect your plants from unwarranted attacks, but those covert critters are still breaking the lines, you may have to remove the temptation all together.
If you need a broader range of ideas and help, there are plenty of forums where you can gather advice from other pet owners and experts. PetGuide, Dogster and TheCatSite are a good start! Platforms like Quora and Reddit are also great resources for solutions to all sorts of pet topics.
Creating peace between your pets and plants can be challenging. But it can be done with patience, persistence and a little ingenuity. Stay the course, and you’ll get there in no time.
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