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  • How can I get my cats to stop eating my plants?

    While the easy answer is to put the plants out of the cat’s reach, you might wonder why they are attracted to them. Cats who spend time outdoors often eat small amounts of plant material, likely because it adds freshness and fiber to their diet and I assume it tastes at least okay as well.
     
    It’s a common myth that dogs and cats eat grass/plants only when they have an upset stomach. Not true. If you have an exclusively indoor cat that is constantly after your plants, make sure you are feeding a quality diet and consider growing some cat grass (check pet stores) or even a small patch of lawn.
     
    The other option you could try is to take the cat out on a properly fitted and secure harness and leash, but if you do that, make sure to touch base with your veterinarian about your cats necessary preventive care.


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