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This is a discussion on Cats... within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; What do you do? Surely my flowers can't be as tasty as they look? We've ...

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    What do you do? Surely my flowers can't be as tasty as they look?

    We've now got a 'distraction plant' for them to chew on but any other suggestions? (I've even tried hiding them in my wardrobe at night :P)

    we just had kittens too... In a month it'll be disaster...

    Sorry my net glitched and it double posted

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    How bout getting a DOG

    ok, ok... how bout mashing up really really hot chilli peppers and spraying the plants with them.... one bite and they will never want to eat an orchid again...

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    Chili oil would be a deterrent, although I don't know if I'd spray it on blooms. It doesn't hurt the leaves. Do they have some cat grass to munch on instead? My cat never bothers my orchids.

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    For a while I sprinkled cayenne pepper around them but not actually on the leaves, Wasn't sure if it would damage them or not...

    I've been meaning to try and get a big catnip plant... Although last time I had one, one of my cats ate the whole thing in one go and was stumbling around for days

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    I think the distraction plants are a great idea. They don't seem to bother my orchids either, but they have lots of other plants to chew on - they especially like spider plants and wheat grass.

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    My smaller white one, Teka, pretty much leaves the plants alone. Although if I'm watering, she'll follow me all around and invite herself up to the plants I'm inspecting.

    I just brought all these new guys home on Saturday, and they're all over my dining room table until I can get more hooks up. When I saw her trying to scratch her face on the new growths of the Catt species, I lost it. Now I try and work with the plants while she's outside.

    Speaking of which, got to go install more hooks and replant into baskets!

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    I'm not sure what it is with my devilish beasts, but there is nothing I can do to deture my kitties from devouring my orchids! I have tried it all, and still they chew on them. I can even have cut flowers on top of the bookcase, and they will find a way up there and proceed to eat the flowers. Of course after they are done the vase is toppled down to the floor. I have just resorted to leaving all orchids and plants outside. Hopefully though, you will have better luck in breaking your kitties of their fiendish habit!

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    It's odd one of the cats just chews them down... The other kind of knows they are special to me. He looks me in the eye then walks up and gives one of the leaves a sniff then has a tiny rub on the spike with the side of his face then walks off haha... Cats can be pretty on to it.

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    Well it seems the forum cats have a wide variety of tastes in plants. Perhaps those that have grown up with orchids are more likely to munch - my kitty never saw an orchid till I rescued her when she was 3.

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    The first time our princess PIA saw an orchid she was about 6 months, and completely chewed up a first bloom spike of my Schomb undulata x LC trick or treat. She completely ate a 4 and a half foot spike!

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