I have always struggled with finding pet safe plants for my cats and dogs (when I had dogs) I love plants and always want to make sure my pets pals are sharing space with plant pals that are just as happy.
Recently, my fiancé confessed that one of the subconscious reasons he covers our living room table with “stuff” is because he’s not partial to it. We bought it when we moved in as a temporary fix, and it matched his moms hutch. So, we decided to Pretty it up. But with what? Plants were the answer, and so my hunt began!
As an energy worker I also wanted to make sure it was good Feng Shui and meaningful. I know that when our eye falls on something enough it reminds and encourages us of our goals and helps us to achieve them. Seeing as my fiancé’s aspiration is to enter the Boston Marathon in 2024 I found that the Boston Fern would do the trick if it was kitty friendly. to my delight…it is!!!
For the most part ferns are pet pal friendly. No matter what you buy, make sure you do your home work. For example, although money trees may be great to put on my money corner, and cat friendly, there isn’t enough light in our home to sustain its specific needs. A Fern however, thrives in our home on every level! It beautifies our space and seems happy to be with ALL of us. So, You may find lots of animal friendly stuff out there, but make sure that it suits your environment too.
Important not Don’t forget that you are giving these lives a safe place to thrive as you adopt them into your ever growing family. Research actually shows that plants emit an ultra sonic “scream” when they are in distress that humans can’t hear
Add to that, one of my precocious pet family members loves the taste! add to THAT, He has allergies to anything but his own food….So what to do, what to do!
I found that since cats are adverse to citrus, a mix of water diffused, lemon, lime or orange juice in a spritzer and lightly spritzing above my plants so it little drizzled onto them and around the area tends to keep him away. A diffuser with these scents near the plant is another healthy route that will also make your environment smell lovely (it’s a win win!).
If I witness him around my plant a stern “No” seems to send him on his way, or a toss of his favourite catnip filled toy sometimes distracts him too.
Most cats will figure out that this is not okay thing for them after a while, but it will take time. This falls under physical animal communications or basic pet training, and cats ARE trainable.
I stated earlier that they are being “adopted” buying a plant long term, in my eyes, should not be taken lightly. They are living beings that need as much care and love as any other living being.
Although they may not feel the same way we do, they do feel and express themselves. They connect to us on subtle energetic levels. They breathe and need to be fed, they need our care and in return keep us and our families healthy on levels we cannot even begin to realize.