You are in the presence of a massive animal lover, but when our cat starting peeing in my brand new house plant I about had it! We have a sweet feral cat that lives with us, she is super skittish and rarely seen. When I brought home a few new plants she quickly took to using them as a litter box. UGH!!! In her defense, she typically goes outdoors so the fresh dirt likely seemed like a similar option to her.
I went to the knowledgeable crowd on my Facebook page, searched the internet and started my adventure of stopping this foul habit. Here is a full list of options for you to try out should you have the same cat peeing in your plants issue I had. I’ll tell you which ones worked for me and so ya know – the last two weren’t options for me. ????
20 Ideas on how to get your cat to stop peeing in your house plants
- Add essential oils to the pot – especially citrus, cat’s don’t love the strong smell.
- Add orange/citrus peels to the dirt. I tried this with no luck.
- Cover the pot with double stick tape so they can’t get in and they don’t like the feel of sticky tape on their paws. You can also ball up tape and layer over all the dirt.
- If you can catch them in the act, squirt them with a shot of water from a water bottle.
- Cover the plant dirt in chicken wire – once again they don’t like the feel and can’t dig.
- Add moth balls – this probably works, but I am not a fan of the smell (although it is better than cat tinkle lol).
- Cut window screen to fit the pot and lay it on the dirt.
- Cut a plastic mat with grip on it to fit the pot, place sticky side up.
- Add large rocks to the pot – big enough they can’t dig up. You can make this a stylish solution with the right rock choice!
- Add pine-cones to the plant. This one worked for me and I love the look of pine-cones so that was a win win!
- Add coffee grinds to the soil.
- Add wooden skewers poking up so the cat can’t climb around and dig. I tried this and it worked at first but then she just dug around them!
- Cat Repellent Spray – this is an affiliate link to the exact one I used and it worked really well!
- Add aluminum foil – some people say ball it up, some say lay it with points up and most say just lay it were it will make a loud noise when the cat walks on it because they hate that.
- Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper in the plant. I tried this one and it didn’t work for me.
- Place plastic forks in the dirt, pokey side up.
- Get a Ziploc bag, soak a paper towel in ammonia and place in the bag. Lay the bag slightly cracked on the plant, cats don’t care for the smell.
- Once you find a solution that works you should re-pot the plant replacing the dirt for a fresh start and less temptation for your kitty.
- Many people said get rid of the cat and get a dog. For me this one doesn’t work. I’m keeping our fur babies, plus we already have two dogs! ????
- Others said loose the plants. I can’t – I love the look and feel they give our home and while I love our pets I just can’t let them win!!!
- Update: We got a new puppy, which is a completely different set of pee problems, BUT – in the midst of potty training I found this spray to be THE BEST if you need to eliminate urine odors from rugs, carpet, etc. They make a cat version and a dog version. It works really well.
Many of these cat training tips will work for other areas of your house too, like keeping a cat of the counter or deterring them from other spaces you’d rather them not be. If you have additional solutions I’d love to add them to the list so please tell me in the comments below! I’d also like to hear which solution or solutions worked for you, sometimes you have to throw more than one effort at the problem.
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