Your cat is a carnivore, so why is he eating your plants? Plant eating is a normal cat behavior, but almost every pet owner is annoyed by it (myself included).
In the wild, cats probably eat plants as a source of fiber. In most cases, owners must either accept the behavior, remove the plants from the home, or try to redirect the behavior to a different source (such as cat grass).
However, if the plant in your home is poisonous, you must remove the plant from your home or place it in a location where the cannot cannot chew it. If your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, you should take him to see a veterinarian. Toxic plants can cause some serious health issues for your cat!
Is your cat eating his food? If your cat does not like his food, he may be eating your plants as a food source.
Why Do Cats Eat Plants?
Cats eat plants because the plant either tastes good, or feels good on their mouth while they are eating it. Some plants, like catnip, also produce a pleasurable effect. Cats don’t know which plants are safe plants and which plants are hazardous plants.
How can I stop my cat from eating plants?
Training your cat to stop eating your plants is very difficult. Most likely, you will end up getting rid of your plants, or choosing safe plants and accepting the ‘chewed up’ appearance of your plant!
However, if you’d like to keep your plants, here’s somethings that you can try:
- Place your plants in cat-proof places, or places that are difficult for your cat to access
- Provide your cat with cat grass in order to redirect the issue to an appropriate plant
- Place mothballs to the plant’s soil
- Spray the plant a scent or product that will keep your cat away from the plant
- Attempt to train your cat that he cannot chew the plant (use a water squirter or air horn when your cat bites the plant)
What should I do if my cat eats a plant?
If your cat eats a plant, you should contact your veterinarian. If your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, your cat needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. You should also bring the plant with you when you go to see the veterinarian so they can determine the type of plant. Different plants can affect cats in different ways. Some plants may simply cause your cat to have an upset stomach and diarrhea, while other plants can be toxic and sometimes fatal to cats.
Are plants poisonous to cats?
Yes, some plants are dangerous for cats to eat. There are different opinions about which plants are safe for cats and which plants are dangerous for cats. Even if a plant is considered safe for your cat, it is possible that your cat can become sick from the plant.
If your cat ate a plant, you should check to make sure the plant he ate is not toxic to cats. If it is, you should speak with your veterinarian quickly!
Below is a list of plans that are considered poisonous to cats (taken from the Cat Fancier’s Association):
Almond (Pits of)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Avacado (fuit and pit)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves)
Cherry, most wild varieties
Crown of Thorns
Easter Lily *
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier IvyGolden Chain
Gold Dust Dracaena
Hahn’s Self-Branching Ivy
Indian Rubber Plant
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily *
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Mother-in Law’s Tongue
Oriental Lily *
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese plant
Tiger Lily *
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Yews — e.g. Japanese Yew