November 13, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
Keeping pets away from potted plants
Have all you plant people been moving your plants in and out too? Even if they’re back out right now they’ll have to come in for keeps soon. If you also have a houseful of animals you may have problems, especially with cats who eat the leaves and use the pot for a litter box.
You can find products designed to keep animals away from plants from a full service veterinarian or on the Internet, but, if you have a limited budget, red pepper is very effective sprinkled on the leaves and on the dirt.
Keeping animals from snacking on your plants not only helps the plants but avoids possible consequences for the muncher since a lot of common household plants, such as philodendrons, are poisonous.
Preventing cats from being able to scratch in the dirt will keep them from thinking its OK to pee there. Rocks or pine cones, even aluminum foil, have all been used effectively.
The ultimate weapon in my house is a squirt bottle with water in it. A good spritz accompanied by a sharp “no” works and in no time just lifting the bottle or saying “no” do the job. Good luck and pray for an early spring.
For an appointment at the Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196. For information on fostering, adoptions or anything else about our Humane Society, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
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