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Catts and Kittens

This is a discussion on Catts and Kittens within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Calling all orchid growers and cat lovers . . . I need some advice. Yesterday ...

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    Calling all orchid growers and cat lovers . . . I need some advice.

    Yesterday we found an adorable little tabby kitten. So here's the question . . . If no one claims this little fellow and he becomes a member of the family, how do I keep him away from my orchids? The orchids live these days in the greenhouse (double doors off the breakfast nook). Given that I also have two very small children who I would want to keep out of the litter box--yuk--the greenhouse seems like a possible place to put the litter box. Good idea? Bad idea? Could kitty be compatible with them or is he going to find the vanda roots dangling too tempting and the potting bark tempting as a substitute litter box?

    Any thoughts?

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    Cats have an innate tendency to munch on leaves to cure all sorts of ailments (furball, fiber for their digestive system, vitamin supplement, etc).

    The best way to prevent them from munching on the orchids is to provide them with their own supply of vegetation that they will prefer over the orchids.
    Pet shops usually sell potted herbs or grasses that cats love to nibble on.
    If they have these in abundant supply, they will most likely stick with those as opposed to munching on orchids that have relatively tougher leaves ( and I hear the leaves taste yucky too )

    You will probably just need to stick to your guns and force the kitten to get litter-trained and always use the litter box and discourage them from using the bark as kitty litter.

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    I bet your kitty will love being in your greenhouse since he can get lots of sun in the windows there. I think John offers really solid advice about the kitty vegetation. It seems logical to me anyhow.

    Cheers,
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    One way to keep curious kitties (and puppy dogs) away from your plants is to get a spray bottle...and fill it with vinegar. Spray the little guy (or gal) each time he/she goes near your plants. ^^ I posted this in another post, so I hope it doesn't sound like a broken record. -chuckles-

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    I have to say that my kitties have never bothered any plant that was in our house. Except baby's breath, plastic spikes and shoe laces. As for orchids they won't even bother. I would like to think that it was good training. They don't get on counters or tables. I guess we are good kitty parents, or are lucky with good kitties.
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    Sadie, my cats LOVE to eat the dwarf papyrus that is right next to my "orchid growing window", it's an extremely easy plant to grow, not toxic, the orchids grow in peace and everybody is happy!
    Also if you don't want the smell of litter box to overpower your fragrant blooms, I would suggest a litter made with pine pellets, 100% natural, no artificial chemical fragrance.
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    I would second the "find a plant they like better" tactic. THe last few cats I have had (I took in some for a shelter temporarily) actually showed no interest in my orchids. Some of them munched on other plants and cat grass (made a big mess) when I provided it. Though I think they preferred the other plant. In general, none have shown interest in the orchids so far. However....cats eat what they want, regardless of what is available. If it sets its mind to it, it will....but I think they prefer other plants. Playing with the plant has never been an issue. If anything, they like sitting among all the plants on the window sill reminiscing about the jungle. :-)

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    P.S. Lambert your cat is absolutely adorable!!

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    All the cats in the district love my nepeta plants ( catnip) it sends them into ectasy. I grow the 6 hill giant form so that it manages to survive their chewing. It's the stuff they put in cat toys which is very attractive to them, so a couple of plants and the kitten should be in 7th heaven! But you MUST keep the kitten! How would you feel if it had to be put down? Not that I want to influence you in any way of course! heh heh heh!

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    It's like marijuana to most cats (some aren't reactive).


    Quote Originally Posted by JUDIUK View Post
    All the cats in the district love my nepeta plants ( catnip) it sends them into ectasy. I grow the 6 hill giant form so that it manages to survive their chewing. It's the stuff they put in cat toys which is very attractive to them, so a couple of plants and the kitten should be in 7th heaven! But you MUST keep the kitten! How would you feel if it had to be put down? Not that I want to influence you in any way of course! heh heh heh!

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