|Most plants are poisonous to cats and all plants pose at least some toxicity. Even if a plant is considered non-poisonous, it can create digestive problems if the cat chews on it. If your cat has targeted a particular plant, you can spray it with a bitter anti-chew spray made just for plants. You can find these products at your local pet product store. Place newspaper down before spraying to protect your carpet or floors. If you can move the plant outdoors to spray, that’s even better. You’ll need to coat the tops and bottoms of the leaves. Wear disposable gloves so you don’t get any of the spray on you while handling the leaves. You may need to repeat the application during the training process. Follow manufacturer directions for how often to do it.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior. Her site is www.catbehaviorassociates.com.
July 5th, 2011