Cats with Plants or Plants with Cats?
I have recently adopted a kitty who has been very curious about plants. So far, I have already potted and repotted six plants now. She would jump into and dig in the soil of my floor plants. Anybody has tips how to keep the kitty away? I have tried the essential oil i read online, but it only worked for a sec and she jumped right back in as soon as the scent dissipated. HELP! 
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    KADyer Lol 😅! Sorry, but I have a Cat as well. She likes to HIDE within them (plant clusters, etc ☺️). She has 'pawed out soil' as well as my 'Potted-Semi-Hydroponic' plants-she tosses out the "LECA PELLETS'!!! CATS....Gotta Love em'!
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      Pei Awwwwww... she is SO cute! What's her name? [291267,KADyer]

      That's exactly what mine do! They would hid and ambush me... lol
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    Courtney Stroot I put pinecones in the soil to keep the cats from thinking is a second litter box. Doesn’t always help keep them away from the plants in general but it’s a start. They don’t like the sharpness or the crunch of the pinecone when they step on it.
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      Pei [291060,Courtney Stroot] what a great idea. But do you think it might be dangerous to hurt their precious paws?
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        Courtney Stroot Lol! The ones you buy in stores don’t have the spines like the ones you’d find outside. Most of those have been shaved down so you can handle them.

        But I also think that it’s the crunch and the awkward shape that gets them. I’ve never had any hurt paws after doing it.

        Keeps the dogs out too 😉
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          Pei LoL! I am going to give it a try. Will keep you posted hehehehhe!
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    PlntNrd Some cats can be very persistent and unwavering, no matter what kind of plant it is. I had a bunch of Cacti many many years ago and my cat somehow found a way to pull out the needles without hurting himself and then left them around my house for me to step on!
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      Pei lol! sorry it's not funny. But that's awfullllll 🤣
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        PlntNrd It’s funny now, but it was so not funny the morning I woke up, stepped out of bed, and as soon as I put my foot down on the floor, stepped on (with all my weight) a cactus needle that was about .5 inch - 1 inch thick and 4 inches long. Omg, I thought I was going to die. I was still half asleep and suddenly there was this shocking pain. I looked at my foot and this huge cactus needle was completely embedded in the arch of my foot. I sat there for a few minutes freaking out trying to gather courage and then finally pulled it out. It’s been so long and it’s such a weird (but very typical Finnegan) story, I can definitely laugh about it now. I couldn’t be mad at my cat, he was exceptionally mischievous and I learned I couldn’t have plants, could not put anything breakable on any surface he could get to, couldn’t put any ornaments on the bottom half of Christmas trees, definitely couldn’t leave jewelry sitting out where he could get to it (never found my diamond earrings), etc. You’ll see, you will figure all of this out the longer you have her and some of these behaviors she will grow out of as she gets older. You don’t always get a “perfect” animal that fits perfectly in to your life. Sometimes you have to adjust, but’s it all worth it. That little kitty will bring you years, sometimes even decades, of joy and love.
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          Pei totally! I have two cats of my own. I spoil them just as much as they bother my plants. ha
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    Paula Diamond Roman A couple of things we learned with cats and plants . . . there are certain plants that just scream salad to cats; we've completely given up on ferns. We packed our plants together so there wasn't space to sit and mess with them. We had one cat who was obsessed with dead leaves so we learned to keep the plants trimmed neatly. And, the funniest lesson of all was how much respect cats will have for cactus, or, as we call them in our house, plants with claws!
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      Paula Diamond Roman Also, sometimes we would just happen to mist the plants when the cats were around!
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        Pei [288548,Paula Diamond Roman] yea, I tried - mixing citrus essential oil with water works well for right at the moment, but not a permanent solution :(
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    PlntNrd Yeah, unfortunately if your kitty wants to mess with your plants, she going to. Some people are really lucky and their cats could care less. Others, not so much. Hanging them or putting them out of the cats reach are really the only absolute way of keeping her paws to herself. When you’re home, if you see her getting too close to plants, shake a can filled halfway with pennies at her. That will scare her away or you can squirt her with a small water gun. When you’re not home though, if they’re within reach and she’s curious, you really have no control. The first thing I would do, and most important, is look up every plant she could get to to see if it’s toxic or not. Anything toxic needs to be hung or put up on a shelf so she can’t get anywhere near it. Good luck.
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    Paris Lalicata Try displaying plants out of your cats reach! Hanging baskets, or even plant stands I find work well. I've recently bought these "plant pockets" that you simply install on your wall which could also be a space saver!
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    Erin Oh man! My cats have never been interested in my plants, but I've heard from friends that providing other toys to play with can help. Sometimes they're just bored.
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    Jam Y8 What's in that huge glass dome?
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      Pei [286207,Jam Y8] was for the maidenhair fern. but it died!!!