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    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.

    Thanks.

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    Get some cat repellant and spray around the plants but not on them.

    Cover them with a box, spray liberally, and wait 5 minutes then remove the box.

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    There is some stuff called apple bitters we use for your dog. Might work for cats.

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    Bitter apple is mostly alchohol so as long as alcohol won't hurt the plants, I guess its worth a try. OR cayenne pepper which I doubt would hurt plants.

    Aren't pets the BEST? lol This is coming from the current caretaker of The Dog from He11.
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    Distract him with catnip and lemon grass. He'll love that way better than sundews (then hwarf it up on the carpet, but, hey), but thats not teaching the cat not to eat plants, just eat the tasty ones....

    bad advice... hehe
    that makes no logic

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    With some cats, nothing will stop them, short of keeping plants in inaccessible places or inside or behind cat-proof enclosures. I had to do that for years. Or you could drown the cat.
    Bruce in CT

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    Worst comes to worst you could always screen the plants off from the cat - stick them in a terrarium with a mesh cover, make a shelter out of chicken wire, or grow them inside a birdcage or the like.
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    Hi there,

    Had a problem with my cat going in the garbage - got something called a "skat cat mat." I got the one that's 4' x 2' (largest size). It's basically an electric fense - if they step on it, they get a shock.

    The first time they jump up on whatever, and get that first shock, boy you wish you have your video camera!
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    YOU! Outta my gene pool!

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