cats and violets.

leslie_virnig221(52501)June 20, 2005

i 'm moving and taking the cats with us. how do i keep tthem off my violets, they like to eat green growing things. they torture them first do i keep them off the plants when we're both gone.?????

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My Siamese gets into everything, including plants. But he has never touched an AV. Make sure that you leave some window sill space for the cats. And maybe a weepy shaped plant or 2 for them to play with.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 4:13PM
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LadyBrasa(z7 VA)

Mine only knock over violets to lick at the water! Maybe you can try growing cat grass for them to munch on to satisfy their green needs. Are they indoor kitties? Maybe they need some kitty toys. Also, I think I have seen picks from one person who puts a sort of fence of egg crating on her bottom shelves to keep her cats out.


    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 10:26AM
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what is egg crating?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 12:25PM
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LadyBrasa(z7 VA)

:-) I don't exactly know. I've seem it in someone's photo album somewhere. It looks like plastic lattice. Basically, whatever you can think of to use as a fencing would work.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 1:58PM
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ive tryed to put my plants in a crate, but crates have holes......

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 11:08AM
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LadyBrasa(z7 VA)

Hi again,
I found the place where I saw about egg crating.
Its from a photo album of Joycesviolets. It should be linked below:

Here is a link that might be useful: JoycesViolets

    Bookmark   July 7, 2005 at 1:38PM
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Cat Deterrents for your Garden:

Keep in mind that each cat is different (like people), a deterrent that works for one may not necessarily work for another. On the plus side, most cats will keep pesty squirrels, moles and other critters out of your garden. They're great for keeping out moles, rabbits, squirrels, and other critters which can do more damage in your garden than a cat ever will. If the cats have owners, talk to them without being confrontational. The cat owner who allows his cat to damage other peoples' property is as guilty as the cat hater who kills the cat for trespassing. Remember, cats will be cats, and it is unfair of us to blame them for being what they are and how nature intended them to participate in this world.� After-all, we praise them when they catch mice or rats or other creatures we deem to be 'pests'.

* amonia soaked (corncobs, etc)
* aluminum foil
* bamboo skewers
* black pepper
* blood meal fertilizer
* bramble cuttings
* Carefresh - "recycled" wood pulp
* catnip - donated into your neighbor's yards (so they'll stay in their own yards)
* cedar compost
* chicken wire (metal or plastic)
* cinnamon
* citrus peels
* citrus spray
* cocoa bean shells
* coffee grounds -fresh & unbrewed, not just a light sprinkling (highly recommended by MANY Gardenwebbers!)
* dogs
* electric fence for animals
* essence of orange. essence of lemon, lime (citrus essential oils)
* fresh manure(ditto)
* garlic cloves
* gumballs from the Sweet Gum Tree
* gutter covers
* hardware cloth
* heavy bark mulch
* holly leaves
* keep the area damp, they like dry soil
* lavender
* liquid manure (good for your garden too)
* motion sensor sprinkler
* pennyroyal
* pinecones
* pipe tobacco
* plastic forks
* predator urine
* red wine vinegar
* river rocks over the exposed soil
* rocks, crushed
* rose bush clippings
* rue, an herb (Ruta graveolens) (highly recommended in plant form only)
* short twigs throughout the planted area about 6" apart
* six-inch bamboo skewers (pointy side up)
* Spray on your leaves (not the cat): fill a spray bottle with 1/2 t chili powder, 1/2 t cayenne pepper, 1 t dish soap and water
* squirt gun with water
* talk to your neighbors
* tansy
* thorny berry, lilac, hawthorn, rose clippings
* toothpicks
* upside down vinyl carpet
* vinegar sprayed on areas where they roam
* water bottle on "stream"

*** chili powder, red crushed pepper, cayenne pepper (NOT recommended), it gets on the cat's paws then they wash themselves and they get it in their eyes, beware cats have literally scratched their eyes out because of this. Even if it's one cat out of 500 infected in this way, that's one too many for me.
*** Don't ever use mothballs or flakes. Those little toxic waste pellets destroy cats' kidney function, could seriously harm people who handle them, and yes, contaminate your own garden soil. Their packaging even warns against using them this way.

Give them their own areas:

(To keep them out of where you don't want them)
(If you don't mind them protecting your garden from other critters)

+ pick the cat up and bring it to eye level with the plant to see and smell it up close. She noted that once her cat has seen and sniffed at the plant, she usually doesn't bother with it later.

+ give them their own plants - i.e., pots of grass for her to chew on and a place in a large planted container on her balcony with some miscanthus grass in it (the cat likes to curl up in that for some reason)

+ if the cats are strictly indoors and attracted to your houseplants, grow catgrass for them. If someone forced you to remain inside one enclosed structure all your life, you might be attracted to the plants too.

+ Barley Grass
+ Any type of "catgrass" from the pet store
+ Carex elata 'Bolwes Golden' but put it in some shade
+ Catmint Nepeta mussinicultivars (Simply put, Catmints are Catnips without any culinary or feline use. In any case, they are, however, phenomenal, long flowering, hardy perennials that belong in every fairie or flower garden.)
+ Catnip Nepeta cataria (in your own yard) The oils of which also work as a mosquito repellent that works 10 times better than Deet! Catmint is the common name for all varieties of Nepeta. Catnip is the common name for the specific variety of Nepeta called nepeta cataria, which is the variety that cats are most attracted to.
+ Cat Thyme (Teucrium marum)
+ Flax
+ Oat Grass
+ Jacob's Ladder
+ Lemon Grass
+ Loose soil and mulch like small bark mulch
+ Mints
+ Purple Fountain Grass so the cat lays in the long leaves all day. Maybe put something in that the cats really like and - you know cats won't winky were they like to hang out.
+ Sandy area
+ Silver vine (Actinidia polygama)
+ Striped Ribbon Grass (can be invasive)
+ Sweet grass
+ Trificum aestivum (type of cat grass)
+ Various Varieties of Cat Mints (Catnips)
+ Wheat Grass
+ Wheat Berries
+ Valerian

This list compiled by Violet_Z6, email at for comments and suggestions regarding this list.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2006 at 6:46PM
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I am new to AV GardenWeb. I have three cats and they like to chew on the blooms! But one of my cats is notorious for knocking potted plants off my shelf over the sink into the water!

What to do about those bratty cats!

Thank You!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 5:37AM
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My cats used to chew on my spider plants all the time, go through incredible lengths to reach them where I "hid" them. Since I have a container of wheat grass growing indoors all the time, they stopped that.
As to knocking pots over/off, the only way I found to avoid that is to move the pots! :)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 7:54AM
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