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Cats Eating Plants

Cats Eating Plants

Pcat eating house plantlant eating is a normal cat behavior that provides cats with dietary fiber to act as a laxative or an emetic in large quantities to relieve hairballs. Non-toxic grasses such as wheat grass can enrich your cat's environment and are a safe source of fiber. Toxic plants (Easter lilies, Oleander and Dieffenbachia) can kill cats and should not be kept where your pet has access to them. If you have house plants that are receiving your cat's unwanted attention, try to deter your cat's attention from them by placing them out of reach and spraying them with aversive spray (such as Citrus Magic) or adding mothballs to the soil. If your cat persists, it may be helpful to provide your cat with non-toxic grasses which are acceptable to eat. If these measures fail, a water pistol or loud noise may sometimes deter your cat from eating your plants.

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Dr. Borns-Weil says...

Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Board-Certified Animal Behaviorist

Plant eating is a normal cat behavior that provides cats with dietary fiber to act as a laxative or an emetic in large quantities to relieve hairballs.