My big fat lazy 'Garfield' cat, Oscar, never bothered my plants. *He's too big to get up on the kitchen counter so that windowsill is safe, and won't jump on a windowsill with something else on it, so my bay windowsill has been safe too. *I've been keeping most of my seedlings on my bay windowsill since it's the biggest in the house and gets the most sun.
Enter Chase, our 6-month old ball of mischief we brought home a few months ago. *I took advice and tried to train him with a squirtgun, but I think all I taught him is that it's only okay to be on the kitchen counter and braking things after I get into bed or leave for work. *I was mad when I found one of the leaves chewed off my Sundew on the kitchen windowsill one night after work; I was absolutely livid the next morning when I came down and found that same Sundew had been ripped out by the roots, chewed up, and dropped on the kitchen floor.
My two larger plants are safe since they're on stands. *So far Chase hasn't bothered my seedlings, but I think that's just because they're too small to make much of a meal. *I'm willing to bet he'll go after them somewhat soon here and, obviously, even the kitchen windowsill isn't safe. *I figured at least some of you must have cats. *How do you keep your plants safe from them? *Is there some form of training, a good way to keep them from getting on the counters, or maybe some kind of spray that makes the plants or area smell unappealing? *Just curious what others have found that works. *I'm just not ready to give up the plants or the cat.