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Keeping Pets Our Of Your Plants

Keeping Pets our of​ your Plants
Cats and dogs love dirt,​ they dig in​ it,​ play in​ it​ and if​ a​ cat’s litter box isn’t clean they
may find a​ back-up location in​ your potted plants .​
Some pets will leave the​ dirt alone but
are irresistibly drawn to​ the​ leaves,​ either to​ nibble on​ or​ bat at .​
There is​ no fail-safe
plant but there are some tips and tricks you​ can follow to​ make your pets leave the​ plants
alone.
The biggest problem and the​ most damaging to​ an​ indoor plant is​ a​ cat deciding to​ use the​
dirt as​ a​ litter box .​
Once a​ cat has done this once,​ the​ odor is​ there and it​ is​ going to​ be
hard to​ stop them from going back .​
to​ prevent this from happening in​ the​ first place,​
cover the​ dirt in​ larger pots with lava rock or​ wood chips .​
a​ cat will not like the​ feel of​
either of​ these materials on​ their paws and will not feel comfortable using the​ pot as​ a​
bathroom.
Dogs are easier to​ train and keep away from plants but it​ is​ harder for other animals .​

Especially for cats - a​ deterrent may be necessary to​ keep them away .​
you​ can use a​
spray bottle of​ water to​ stop them from chewing on​ plant leaves or​ digging in​ the​ dirt .​

Since cats don’t like anything from the​ citrus family you​ can put fresh citrus rinds at​ the​
base of​ the​ plant too – their sensitive noses will stop them from getting too close.
Keep your soil nice and moist,​ not only is​ this good for the​ plant,​ cats will not enjoy
digging in​ wet dirt .​
Some trial and error may be called for until you​ find the​ right
solution that works for your pets .​
If all else fails,​ buy hanging plants instead or​ put the​
plants in​ an​ inaccessible location .​

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