The dog, man’s best friend. The cat, man’s most standoffish acquaintance. We love them, they love and/or tolerate us in exchange for food, and the one thing we can all agree on is that dogs, cats, and humans LOVE houseplants.
None of us want our beloved fur babies to get sick (or have to pay for that midnight run to the emergency vet), but how do we keep prying pets away from plants?! Especially if you have a large collection…
Have no fear! Check out these tips below for creative ways to keep your pets from becoming plant pets.
- Make sure they have their own toys! Toys should be easily reachable for pets, so they turn to a stuffed animal or rope instead of a monstera.
- Keep those toxic plants out of their reach. If they can’t stop going for the pothos or philodendron, remove the plant. Keep it in a different room with a door you can shut while you are out, or place it on a higher shelf. Macrame hangers also make fantastic displays!
- Spray plants with lemon juice and water. They don’t like the acidic scent or taste of lemon, making it a perfect option for hardier plant leaves. Be sure to significantly dilute the lemon juice so it does not do more damage to your plant than your dog’s teeth would!
- Exercise those furry legs. Positive reinforcement when pets avoid plants – or release the plant when you redirect them – along with exercise can help deter plant eating.
Get creative. Baby gates and shelving units with clear glass doors are a great solution to pets who won’t let go of your plants.
If all else fails, you can begin to make the switch to pet-safe plants only. Check out the Pet-Friendly Subscription Box to start. Don’t forget to tag us in your plant photos on Instagram @cellardplants and use #CellarDoorPlants so we can see your gorgeous babes! Happy pet and plant parenting!