Cat Ate Succulent Plants – What To Do?

While most kittens do not precisely find succulents yummy, others may try to get a bite or two now and then. This act can be quite frustrating if you love your kittens and succulents.

Once you notice your cat is a succulent eater (wrecker), the big question on your mind will be how to prevent the cat from attacking the succulents. If that is you, stick with us as we walk through the ways to protect your succulents from your four-legged companion.

How to Keep Your Kittens Away from Succulents

There are many ways to protect your succulents from being devoured by your cats. Here are some proven tips:

1. Keep the Succulents in Cages

Instead of keeping your cats in cages, keep the succulents. Metal crates and wired cages are the best housing for succulents. Your dogs, cats, and even babies cannot access the succulents kept in cages. The great thing about wired cages is that they do not prevent sunlight and fresh air from reaching the succulents.

But then, if you feel the appearance of wired cages does not blend well with your décor, you can try birdcages. There are tons of beautiful birdcages available online to complement your home décor. Also, instead of planting your succulents in the birdcage, you can place the entire potted plant in the birdcage. This way, your succulents are kept from the reach of kittens in an elegant style.

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2. Entertain Your Cats

Cats tend to explore, so restricting them in a cage will not be a good idea. Instead, please provide them with a bunch of trinkets and toys to entertain themselves. As curious creatures, cats tend to follow moving objects. Spread a wide variety of trinkets around your home, and they will not even know succulents exist in the same house.

Trinkets and toys will not only keep them away from your succulents but also enhance their overall well-being. Besides, bored cats will most likely be the ones to start feasting on succulents than busy ones.

Besides trinkets, you can use a scratch post to keep your cats busy. Any rough, hard surface that your cat can sharpen its claws will suffice. Your cats will claw or scratch your plants, furniture, and appliances if they do not have a scratch post to express their natural impulse.

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3. Separate the Cat and the Succulents

If your cats attack your succulents, you can try another preventive measure to physically separate both the cats and the succulents. The cats can be in one room while the succulents are in another. But then, ensure that your succulents are getting an adequate amount of sunlight and air wherever you place them.

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4. Provide Another Plant for Your Cats

If you notice that your cat always eats your succulents, it is best to provide another plant for it. Besides, some succulents are poisonous, so you do not want your cat to go near them. Some plants for cats to play with or eat include:

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1. Cat Grass

Cat grass is an indoor plant that is safe for cats, dogs, and humans. Cats can nibble and roll on this plant all day.

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2. Catnip

Catnip is also known as Nepeta cataria and can be planted indoors or outdoors. You can either buy the plant or grow the seeds. You can also find catnip in powder form and sprinkle it on the soil you want to grow.

The great thing about catnip is that it gives cats a rush of energy and a mellowing effect afterward. Note that while catnip is safe, it can overstimulate some cats if it is too much. This is why the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) considers catnip to be dangerous for cats. Ensure you observe the behavior of your cat around catnip.

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3. Catmint

Catmint is loved by cats just as much as catnip. You can grow catmint indoors or outdoors. You will love them for the lavender bloom they create.

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4. Boston Fern

Boston fern is an elegant looking indoor plant that is cat-friendly. It is more attractive if you place it in a hanging basket and allow your cats to satisfy their curiosity.

5. Get Plants That Cats Hate

While your cats may seem like they cannot get enough of succulents, there are some plants they can stand. Place these plants around your succulents, and your cats will always keep their distance.

Some of these cat-repelling plants include Rosemary, citrus, lavender, rue, and scaredy-cat plant (Coleus canina).

6. Use Cat Repellent Sprays

Not all homemade cat repellent sprays are effective on cats, so you probably have to experiment a bit. To keep your cat’s safety and well-being, you need to use natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals when making cat repellents.

Cats have a smell sensitivity that is about 40 times that of humans. That should be taken into consideration when making cat repellents. What smells repulsive to you may be attractive to your cat.

To make a cat repellent spray, fill a spray bottle with water and add a minute amount of cayenne pepper. Shake it for a few seconds and spray the succulents. Cats hate the smell of cayenne pepper and will keep their distance once they smell it on the succulents.

7. Protect Your Succulents with Skewers

Place some skewers in the soil of your potted succulents. The skewers will prevent your cats from eating the succulents or digging into the soil. If for some reason, you cannot get skewers, rocks with sharp edges will suffice.

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Last but Not Least

Choosing between your cats and your succulents is like a child choosing between its mom and dad. That is a tough decision. Suppose your cats always attack or eat your succulents. In that case, you can still have them both living in harmony in the same house by simply following the tips we shared in this article.

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