We all love our pets and want to keep them safe. While most succulent plants are safe to have around your pets, some can be toxic and even fatal when ingested in large doses.
Below are some ways to help you keep your pets away from your plants:
Metal Crates–not for your pets, but for the plants! Keep your succulents in one of these metal crates to keep them safe from prying paws and sharp teeth. I like these crates because they can let the sunlight in and keep the air circulating while keeping your plants safe from being trampled on. They come in several different sizes depending on your space.
Bird Cages–Don’t like how metal crates look? How about keeping your plants in bird cages? We see these arrangements a lot these days. Instead of planting your succulents in these bird cages, you can place the whole potted plant in to keep them protected from curious pets while looking chic at the same time.
Scratch Post–Provide your cats with a scratch post to keep your furniture and plants safe and scratch free.
Plants That Cats Love
There are plenty of safe plants that cats love. The idea is that if you have plants that cats love around, they’ll leave your succulents alone.
Here are some plants that cats love:
Cat Grass–Wheat grass/cat grass seeds you can easily grow on your own. Cats love to roll around these and nibble on them.
Catnip–Most cats are drawn to catnip. It naturally stimulates cats providing them with a burst of energy, followed by a mellowing effect. Can be grown indoors or out. (A word of caution about catnip–although safe for cats, too much can cause over-stimulation in some cats.) Here are two catnip products your cats may love:
Catnip seeds–Catnip can be grown from seeds or bought as a live plant.
Cat Crack Catnip–Sprinkle anywhere you want your cat to be drawn to.
Catmint–Cats also love catmint. They appear more ornamental than other herbs because of the pretty flowers they produce.
Boston fern–Makes an attractive houseplant. Great for hanging baskets. These are easy to find in most garden centers.
Plants That Cats Hate
Have these plants around around or next to your succulents to deter cats away from them:
Rosemary–Most cats do not like the smell of rosemary and will stay away from them.
Lavender–Another herb cats do not like because of the smell.
Rue–Another herb with a strong scent that cats do not like.
Scaredy-cat plant (Coleus canina)–Another herb that cats stay away from because of the smell, but the smell can also be unbearable to humans.