Will Cats Eat Mini-Roses, Clear To Ground?

zionadams(SW Utah)July 3, 2006

The cats swear the dog did it, the dog is blaming the cats. SOMEONE ate 5 plantings in one night, all minis.

My big roses are in full-bloom and were untouched. This was no deer. It could have been a skunk or raccoon, but with 12 cats that seems unlikely.

Do cats eat mini's, clear to the ground???

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laura1(9aTpa,FL)

From your post I understand that the roses were outside and that the cats had the "run" of the outdoors. I've known inside cats to eat roses but I think that is only because there wasn't anything else. Cats want some green in their diet but I would think if they had another choice they'd leave the roses alone...unless they are getting even with you for some reason! :-) Have you fed them lately?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 2:30PM
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zionadams(SW Utah)

Cats want some green in their diet but I would think if they had another choice they'd leave the roses alone...unless they are getting even with you for some reason! :-) Have you fed them lately? --laura

ROFLPIMPS!!!! There's food all over the place, including our patio roof. They'd barricade the doors if they were ever kept waiting. In fact, one has us trained to get up at sunrise to put down wet food. If we listen, she'll let us go back to sleep. If we keep her waiting, she'll pee on our laundry. The other 11 are more outdoorsey. They tend to eat bugs and mice more than plants.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2006 at 8:57PM
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tjsangel(z5 OH)

Do you have any rabbits around? They can do lots of damage in a short time, and they're low to the ground, so I'd suspect them.

Jen

    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 7:48PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Rabbits, definitely.

Stop blaming the poor pets!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2006 at 8:13AM
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lam702

Don't forget woodchucks. They ate all the buds off my new roses.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2006 at 8:02PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

In SW Utah I'd suspect deer or rabbits. Skunks and Raccoons are much less likely.

Never in a million years would I blame a cat for eating roses!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 12:18AM
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birdtalker(z7WA)

We had a cat who had to taste every plant that came in the door. He even threatened to eat my silk flowers, if he did not get what he wanted. I would not rule out the cats.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 12:40PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Taste a leaf sure, eat a rose bush all the way to the ground, no way.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2006 at 10:29PM
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gardeniarose(z10FLA)

I doubt it was the cats or the dog. Of all the plants my cat gets into, the ones he leaves alone are the roses. I had a cat years ago who had a thing for African violets. At the age of only 7 months, he devoured 4 HUGE African violets in one day while I was at work. I came home to find nothing but the pots, soil and root balls, all sprawled across the floor, having been knocked down from a high shelf.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 10:51AM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

There is an adolescent squirrel in my garden eating the rose buds off. I saw him doing it today, while cheerfully bouncing about. He actually stopped and smelled the Grootendorst. Little rat...

Cheers,
Michelle

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 5:35PM
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drasaid(zone 8)

They will also pull the nice blue and white Asian pot you put it in off the table onto the pavement, where it will smash. They do not discriminate between thorny and thornless varieties. No, I don't think they would eat the whole thing (that sounds rabbity to me too) but I find most animals will nosh a little on any edible leaf.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 9:30PM
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arabs4me(5)

RABBITS !!!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 5:23PM
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kittymoonbeam

I'd look to the dog. My pal's labrador decided to eat a 5 gallon size Othello English rose clear down to the dirt one afternoon. And that rose was so thorny that there wasnt any space on the canes between the thorns!( No harm done to the dog however). I've seen tortises eat cactus pads but every now and then, somebody's dog thinks its a goat! My cats might roll on a mini and flatten it,but I cant imagine them eating one entirely.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 10:32PM
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trospero(8)

That is almost certainly Rabbit behavior. Seen it occasionally in my garden. They like to gnaw off plants right at soil level. Cats won't do that, no way, no how.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 11:46PM
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lesdvs9

This posting is way late but pretty funny, have to add to it. When I lived in the mountains I looked out my window one evening and I had a rose bush, the next morning all I had was one leaf left on the ground. I blamed the moles or the ground squirrels like in the cartoons, they pulled it from below the ground whole plant and all, very neatly no large hole, just one leaf left. PS I had up to 20 feral kitties and cats I was feeding a huge bag of cat/kitty chow each week as I found them homes, they did not eat the bush, nor did the deer so neatly eat the bush. With all the cats the rabbits would have been toast same as ground squirrels, I blame it on below ground critters!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 11:10PM
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mike_in_new_orleans(9a/ coastal LA)

I'm betting on rabbits, too. I have stray cats swarming my neighborhood and getting under my house, but they never eat the roses. Mostly they'll nibble grass now and then. I did have a cat recently decide that one rose pot was the perfect size for lounging in, and it lay on top of my baby Glowing Amber several times, finally breaking the stem half-way through right at the soil line. Grrr!. I should have potted it in a smaller pot and not left so much space. Lesson for me, I guess. The plants still trying. I replanted it a bit deeper and stuck a protective cage around it. I'm hopeful.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 7:06AM
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tomatoes4ever(7 Fairfax VA (DC))

My indoor only cat will eat mini roses "down to the ground". However the few times I have let me cats hang out in the front yard they head striaght for the grass. They love yummy grass.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 12:23AM
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