Training a cat around the plants

Are cats really lovers of plants and grass?  The answer is YES. Now that you know, why don’t you let some grow around? Many cats are not fascinated by plants and you can leave them alone with even toxic plants without any issue,  but if you have a furry cat who likes to chew on fresh leaves, please ensure to avoid the dangerous plants.

That is true, they can eat plants. Have you ever asked yourself or someone else, why do cats like grass? Or why do cats like plants?  Firstly, plants are not a part of a cat’s food so, if any cat seems to have a habit of consuming plants, it is to purify the stomach. Well, it helps them digest hairballs quickly. Plants or grass is like medicine for them.

However, every cat is unique, and you might have a rare one that eats plants, but mostly cats only chew or rupture leaves. They mostly do it for curiosity, but if your cat is doing it persistently, it is all about catching your attention. This is the habit of pets. Further, the initial interest, if you make your cat happy with love and attention, she is less likely to attack the plants. Therefore, always try to keep your cat happy.

When it comes to having a cat and keeping plants, it is good to be careful, even more so with using the plants and flowers in interior décor for you and your cat. If you do not make these plants available, your home would not be very comfortable for you and your cat would not be able to stay outside the house.

Certain pellets have been made to preserve your plants and keep your cat away from them. There are sprays with scents that would be unpleasant to your cat if it tries to lick or eat them. There are a variety of items on sale that can help keep your cat away from your plants or gardens.


Toxic plants for cats

Care should be taken when buying plants for the house. Ensure you get more information about the plant from your local greenery or florist. Use the internet to find out more about any plant you have your eye on. This will give information about how safe it is for the cat.

The most dangerous plant for cats is the Lily plant. Others are as follows: Poinsettia, some types of ivy, aloe vera, rhubarb, baby breath, amaryllis and apple seeds, most fruit pits, daffodils, Jessamine, elderberry, chrysanthemum, black-eye Susan, Christmas rose, bleeding hearts, some cactus plants, cornflower, ferns, honey suckle, marigold, holly, morning glory, different yews, mistletoe, mushrooms, Virginia creepers, tomato plants, tulips and tobacco. This is a short list of poisonous plants.


Non-toxic plants for cats

Here are some plants that are cat-friendly in terms of safety.

African violet, American rubber plant, Bachelors buttons, bamboo, Baby rubber plant, Begonia species, blue daisy, Boston fern, buttercup squash, Camellia, Cape promise, Carolina hemlock, cat ear, cocks comb, Christmas orchid, common snapdragon, Chaparral snapdragon, common camellia, catnip, common catbrier cornflower, Dallas fern, dwarf palm, dwarf feather fern, easter daisy, easter cattleya, easter orchid, easter lily cactus, feather fern, strawberry.

Catnip is a safe plant for cats. If you cultivate catnip either inside or outside your house, your cat would be very pleased and comfortable. Catnip is a mint plant and that is one smell cats love to nibble on. It works as a sleeping pill when a cat consumes catnip, but if your cat only smells it, she will go crazy.  Cats can brush against it and chew catnip to rupture the stems and leaves, which then generate more amount of nepetalactone. It will simulate a cat’s pheromones and activate the receptors. They can have diarrhea or vomiting if they consume it in large quantities but will begin to recover in due time.

If you are growing catnip, it would be advisable to remove the tops of the blades of the grass as soon as the catnip grows high enough. Doing this will help it grow better and more. If you are growing the plant inside the house, you might want to restrict the frequency at which the kitty gets to it. If the cat plays around it too much, it will lose interest in the catnip

Tips to live with cats and plants comfortably

You do not have to compromise the indoor nature for your curious little cat. Remember, you can live comfortably with both cats and plants as long as your plants can not poison your furry friend.

  • So many plants, grasses and bushes are out there that are not good for your cat, some of them are poisonous and can cause your cat to fall ill or in worse cases, die. Begin with plants that are not toxic for cats and monitor the behavior of your cat around them. Make specific areas to put more dangerous plants out of your cat’s range.
  • Some plants you can cultivate inside your house or even outside for your cats are wheat, heather, oat grass or catnip. Speaking of growing some plants in your home, getting a long potting box is a great idea to make provision for your cat to get in there and snuggle up in the grass.
  • Find the smell of the essential oil your cat hates. Citrus is the most hated scent among cats. Consider placing the citrus oil on each specific pot or around the region where you have placed your plants. It will stop your cat from eating or playing with your plants.
  • Provide your furry companion with her cat food, catnip, wheatgrass, or edible foliage! Keep them near your other non-toxic plants, so that your cat has quick access. By keeping some of the recommended grass and plants for your cat, you will be preserving the other plants you have from gnawing and having dirt thrown all around by your cat.
  • Tire out your cat by playing with her. Your plants will be left alone by a satisfied and sleepy cat. Get a good litter box and a comfortable scratching pole, so that your cat has everything she needs. In this way, she will not use the plants as a pole or toilet bowl.
  • Accept the fact, your cat will sometimes munch on your plants and that they will not look finest with some scratches.   Find a way to live happily with your not so perfect plants for the sake of your beloved cat’s happiness.


In conclusion, keep in mind that in training cats around plants, you require patience. It is not an agenda of theirs to spoil your plants. They are just seeking extra comfort. Remember that even if you keep your cat always satisfied, she will still be curious. So, keep the plants away from the cat physically: either hanging from the roof or on high shelves. To avoid jumping, band plants firmly on surfaces. You can also use a greenhouse. If a plant makes them sick, call the vet and get them to the vet clinic. This is the wise way to live peacefully with your cats and plants. Cats like to play and roll around in grass so grow some!

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