Cats and dogs love dirt; they dig in it, they play in it, and if a cat’s litter box isn’t clean they might 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 play with. There’s no fail-safe
plant but here are 4 Great Ways to Keep Pets Out of Your Plants.
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’s going to be
hard to stop them from going back. To keep this from happening in the first place,
cover the dirt in larger pots with lava rock or wood chips. A cat won’t like the feel of
either of these things on their paws and they won’t feel comfortable using the pot as a
Dogs are easier to train and keep away from plants, but it’s 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, but cats will not enjoy
digging in wet dirt. It might take some trial and error to find the right
solution that works for your pets. If all else fails, buy hanging plants instead, or put the
plants in a spot that’s inaccessible to your pets.