Our pets are a really important part of our families, but our furry little loved ones sometimes get into trouble. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, snakes, or even turtles are all living beings with a mind of their own. They are really curious creatures, but sometimes they get their noses into things they shouldn’t. Like, for example, our houseplants!
Maybe you can’t get your dog to stop digging the soil and uprooting your houseplants. Maybe your cat is using your plant as a litter box. Or what if you unknowingly brought home a poisonous plant for pets? There are many good reasons that pets and houseplants don’t mix well. Learning some tricks on how to keep pets away from plants are good for pet parents to have up their sleeves.
Keep the Plants Out of Reach
This is probably the quickest trick; just put the plant where your pet can’t reach it. Plant stands are a good pet deterrent for the little guys, like a small dog or a guinea pig. If your pet is big enough to reach the plant stand or is a little more rambunctious and prone to knocking things over, think even bigger. Tall furniture or hanging planters could be the answer.
But what if you have a cat that likes to climb on the tallest furniture you have?
Move the Plants Into Rooms They Aren’t Allowed In
Are there rooms that are off limits for your pets? Some people, for example, train their pets to stay out of the kitchen. This way, they will stay out of the way when the humans are cooking and won’t get their mouths on anything that they shouldn’t eat. If that’s the case, the kitchen will work for poisonous plants for pets just as well. Maybe pets have their own space to sleep in and aren’t allowed in your bedroom. There are plenty of houseplants that help purify the air that will be perfect for your bedroom!
But what if your pet is your little shadow and follows you in every room you go in?
Train Your Pets Not to Mess With Your Pets
Chances are, you already trained your pet to go to the bathroom in the litter box or outside only. If you have done that, you can use similar tactics to train your pets that messing with the plants is a major no-no. When your pet tries to eat or dig up the plant, let them know you disapprove of the behavior. A good trick is to keep a spray bottle nearby so if they go for the plant, you can lightly spray them. This won’t hurt the pet and eventually, they won’t want to go near the plants. Reinforce good behavior. If they walk away from the plant smother them with treats, lots of love, and pets! Training your pet to stay away from house plants will take patience and is the longest trick of them all, but in the long run will be the most effective pet deterrent.
What do you do in the meantime?
Make the Houseplants Unattractive to Your Pet
There are plenty of safe, non-toxic sprays that you can spray the plant with, like bitter apple for example. The pet won’t like the taste or smell, so they will be unlikely to want to mess with the plants anymore. Is your dog constantly digging the soil or your cat using it as a litter box? Cover the soil up and the plant will be less attractive. You can put large rocks on top of the soil to cover it, but this way the water will still drain to the soil so your plant can be properly watered. Prickly pine cones are a good pet deterrent as well because they won’t want to stand on them.
What else can I do?
Know Which Plants Are Poisonous to Pets
Keeping these plants out of your home is the safest pet deterrent. But you could get a plant as a gift, or maybe you didn’t know it was poisonous to your pet when you bought it. It happens, but if you do your research and find what plants are poisonous for animals or poisonous for dogs, you will learn what signs to watch for and can continue to use the helpful tricks above to keep your furry friend safe.
Find Pet-Friendly Flowers at Bouqs
A beautiful, hand-crafted Bouq will always have a place in a happy home, but when that household also includes cats and dogs, it’s necessary to be extra careful about flower selection. Check the list of potentially toxic plants, so you know which flowers are safe for cats and dogs. Everyone in your family will enjoy fresh flowers, including your four-legged friends, so until you’ve trained them on the above stick with non-toxic flowers when you can.Shop All