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How can I keep my cat from pooping in my window plants?

post #1 of 11
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I have some nice tropical plants in my window - its a jungle in there and I notice my cat has made herself quite comfortable in one side where the sunshine is the brightest.

Ok I have no problem with that - but then to my horror as I was watering the lime tree and my big avocado (the two biggest pots) I noticed that the cat has been digging and no doubt dropping her poop and burying it again in the base of these expensive plants - no wonder the litter box doesn't need emptying as much anymore...

Oh my what is the best solution?
post #2 of 11
A few moth balls or moth flakes sprinkled on top of the soil will usually discourage them. Cats hate the smell as much as moths do!
post #3 of 11
Moth balls are highly toxic if ingested by cats, so I wouldn't recommend them.

You could cover the dirt with small stones to make it les attractive. Another option is to place aluminum foil over the dirt.

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Moth balls are highly toxic if ingested by cats, so I wouldn't recommend them.

You could cover the dirt with small stones to make it les attractive.
I tried that. The kitties were very pleased with all the new little toys to play with.

I didn't find a solution...
post #5 of 11
Try these: Cat Scat Mats.

I have a LOT of plants, several in really big pots, and these did the trick for me!
post #6 of 11
When I had plants, I used to cover the tops of the pots with chicken wire - cut out the center so the plant can grow through it then wrap the edge of the wire around the side of the pots. It wasn't pretty, but the cats refused to walk on them.
post #7 of 11
Someone gave me an amaryllis for x-mas. It had little flies. You should have seen both of my cats just watching the flies. I pulled the foil jacket up on the plant, but the hunters knew if they watched long enough they would see a fly. Needless to say, the plant is gone, not cuz of t he cats but the flies. For my other plants I cut a piece of plastic canvas which you can get in a craft store and put it over the dirt. The plant grows and still gets water, but the cats can't get to the dirt.
post #8 of 11
Small piece of chicken wire wrapped around the plant pot would keep them out too.
post #9 of 11
Try putting some large stones (like decorative river stones) on top so they cannot reach the earth
post #10 of 11
We used aluminum foil from around the base of the tree down around the pot - kind of like a short, wide, upside down cone. We purchased attractive material to put over it. Worked like a charm. The chicken wire would work with this same idea.

Laurie
post #11 of 11
Forrest liked to jump into my larger houseplant containers (12inch pots) and sleep. To stop him I bought a package of thin bamboo stakes....the type they use for orchids. I cut them different lengths and stuck them all over in the dirt angled outward so that there was no room for him to jump into the pot without being jabbed. It stopped him. I had previously tried rocks, but he liked to sleep on them too.

The stakes are green and although it looks a little strange, it's not horrible as the color blends in with the plants.
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