Cats and hostas

Brandys_garden(6)April 17, 2013

My cats love the hosta garden! They consider it theirs. They like to walk amongst it and lie underneath them. They never mess with or hurt them.... They know how precious they are to mommy! ;) My maine coon, King Arthur considers it his job to be watchcat of the hostas. While I am in classes during the day, he watches and guards the hostas from his window. Neighbors tell me he'll hiss at them if they get too close and just admiring them! The picture is King Arthur at his post as I leave for classes.

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Brandys_garden(6)

My Persian, Phoebe, playing outside in the hosta garden last summer for a few minutes.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:48AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

My cats are strictly inside cats, but here is a pic of one of mine,our newest,which is a Maine Coon Cat also. She is 8 months in this pic,and a year old now. Her name is Misty. Take a look. Phil

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 9:35PM
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Brandys_garden(6)

My cats are indoors too. King Arthur goes outside on a harness once in awhile to get some fresh air and play in the hosta garden. Phoebe never goes further than the porch/garden and they are only out for a few minutes at a time and never unsupervised.

Misty is beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:15PM
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don_in_colorado

I have my VoleHunter, Cujo, and then I have my little buddy, Freddie. I found him in the parking lot of my local Home Depot in October, 2006. He was a tiny kitten when I found him. He stays inside now. He's the friendliest cat ever, and that'd hasten his demise outside, I think. This is him at the vet a few weeks ago. Like I said, I love animals. Cat, dog, ferret, etc. Animals in general I guess.

Don B.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 11:24PM
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Brandys_garden(6)

Awww!! Yeah, a couple of years ago, before I had my patio, my albo was in the container on the ground and not in it, but another planter, some how a vole had gotten in there? Well, Phoebe knew it and fished it out and killed it right in front of me so fast!! I was shocked. She reached in and pulled it out and snapped it's neck and she was outside on a leash with me for only a few moments while I was on the phone. That is why I keep them up on the patio or on cement blocks now. Now our biggest problem is a squirrel. But I have a fence around them (the albo and hybrid mama mia) and he isn't brave enough to get on the patio. And as long as I leave him tasty treats and water in the bird bath, he is good and leaves them alone for the most part.
My youngest kitty, Tyrion Lannister (100 points to the person who can guess how he got his name) is a rescue too. I found him dumped in a box as a tiny kitten on the side of a busy highway. A couple of his siblings had already been run over. I nursed him back to health and the plan was to find him a home but Phoebe fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. And he is a sweet little guy so he ended up staying, too. Here he is in his first time seeing the garden up close and personal.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:22AM
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don_in_colorado

Tyrion Lannister; He's a midget!!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:37AM
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Brandys_garden(6)

Yes, Don he is named after the one called the imp and the half man... But from where?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:44AM
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don_in_colorado

I've never seen it, but he's on 'Game of Thrones'...Instead of the 100 points, can I have King Arthur instead?

Don B.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:52AM
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Brandys_garden(6)

I am not surprised you asked for the King! He is a stunning fellow and HUGE! He weighs over 25lbs but is not over weight, he is just a big Maine Coon boy. Everyone wants him! But, alas no, The King has a job to do and I am his faithful Queen Mother! LOL!!!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 11:06AM
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Brandys_garden(6)

The boyz, King Arthur and Tyrion Lannister spot something suspicious in the garden... The evil squirrel was back.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 8:48PM
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Pieter zone 7/8 B.C.

Brandy, just taking a look at the picture with the plants...(tried to copy it and it showed in the preview, but not in the posting)..and couldn't help but notice you have skimped on the potting mix, having that little mix in the pot will quite possibly lead to root rot because of poor drainage. Fill the pots to within an inch of the rim, you will get much better drainage....and your Hostas are much more likely to survive and thrive.

Pieter

This post was edited by pietertje on Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 21:08

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 9:05PM
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Brandys_garden(6)

Pieter, hi and thank you. That pic was from last year. I was worried about overwhelming them because I buried them too deep. They are filled to the rim and a little over now and they all came back so thank you!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 9:27PM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

Here's our hosta eating kitty, she's a year old. Her name is Purbah.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 6:35PM
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Brandys_garden(6)

Awwww! She's a doll!

When I first got the baby hostas in last year, we had a particularly bad hail storm so I had to bring them inside so they wouldn't be beat to death. Phoebe took a bite of the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and I cried "NO!" and I burst into tears. (They hate to see me cry.) Ever since then, they don't even touch them. They just look and enjoy. They mark the plants with their scent though. I think it helps keep the squirrel away.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 11:14PM
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mosswitch

This is Nuisance. She is 19 years old and a pound for every year. This was yesterday at the nursery open house, she loves company! And yes, she truly earned her name, when she was young, and she hasn't slowed down a bit in her old age.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:52AM
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Flwr_lvr85(5 WI)

This is my Morris, he also goes on a harness outside to rummage in my hostas :-) He loves to be sneaky and "play" with unsuspecting mice & moles that come his way :-)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 10:54AM
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ryseryse_2004

We have 7 (outdoor) cats and they absolutely love the hosta gardens. That is their place in the heat of the summer with the huge leaves and shade. They don't hurt the leaves at all and just gingerly walk through them to get to a napping place.

Now, our two labs are another story!!!! Every now and then, they like to play in the hostas, chasing each other. So far no permanent damage.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Brandys_garden(6)

Awwww Nuisance is a beautiful and well fed girl! And Morris is a handsome guy! (I had a kitty named Morris growing up looked just like him. He was my baby.)

I have a couple outdoor strays/ferals I feed. They also keep voles/moles/mice and other pests away. I feed the squirrel treats so he'll keep away... But I heard the owl friend, Frankie, hooting last night so he's back, even extra protection for my garden. Thought it's on the patio and cement blocks, I may not have to worry about voles and moles but mice and squirrels are a concern of mine. So far, I've been lucky, though.
Phoebe hears a noise and checks on the albo hosta!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 6:47PM
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don_in_colorado

A word of caution....Brandy, if you burst into tears when your kitty bites a single leaf on your Hosta, you'd better stay away from 'Great Expectations' or you'll probably end up jumping off a bridge!

Don B.

EDIT: Because they are harder to grow and DIE more often than many other types of Hosta.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 22:42

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 2:23PM
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bernd ny zone5

Neighbor's cats are possibly the savior of my hostas. Someone is eating my hosta pips. Today I saw one baby rabbit run away, and see now the second little pile of white & gray fur as if someone caught a bunny, perhaps a cat or a buzzard or owl. I sprayed Liquid Fence against rabbits and also put out poison pellets in case it is slugs. Cats are welcome here!
Bernd

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 7:12PM
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hostanista

I'm not a big cat person - very allergic. But when I brought my dog to the vet the other day, the resident cat (Skippy) just took my breath away, what a beautiful creature. No idea if he loves hostas as much as I do....

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 7:36PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Ferdinand is a indoor cat. He is also a cat that likes the finer things in life. When I get out of the bed he get in my spot and pulls the covers up.

He is way to lazy garden

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 4:59AM
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