How to stop cats from peeing in plants and the best repellents for pets
Updated April 13, 2017
Cat litter may be great for your floor, but it doesn't sit well with your plants.
The thought of an entire house filled with wet cat litter is enough to put anyone off. But cat litter is important to have around: The stuff absorbs odors and reduces the chances of rodent infestation.
But while you can certainly vacuum up the litter and throw it out, there's a better way. You can also use cat-litter bags and other repellents to keep cats from leaving unsightly scuffs on your plants.
Cat litter is often considered one of the worst things for a house plant's health, but that's not always true. According to the National Garden Bureau, cat litter can contain fertilizer and, in smaller amounts, will not cause any significant harm to plants. In fact, using cat litter as a mulch for plants may even encourage plants to grow.
But when cat litter is left sitting on the ground, it can cause problems for your plants. The chemicals in the litter can cause the soil to be acidic, which can lead to root rot. The ammonia that builds up in the litter can also cause the soil to be too alkaline.
If you must use cat litter, you'll have to do some extra work to keep it from affecting your houseplants. If you don't, you may risk the health of your plants.
Using cat-litter bags
Cat-litter bags can be purchased at most pet stores, and they're perfect for keeping your litter on the floor instead of around your houseplants.
You should know that most cat-litter bags contain chemicals designed to attract cats, so you may need to find other repellents if you don't like the scent. If you do decide to use the cat-litter bags, however, you may be able to use a mixture of two types of materials.
The first material is a fabric that smells like cat urine, which will entice a cat to step on the bag. (Just make sure that you only use the fabric, and not the bag itself, when it's full.)
The second material is something to break the fall when a cat jumps on the bag, preventing damage to the plant.
If you decide to use cat-litter bags, you'll need to keep them well-hidden so that cats don't accidentally step on them.
Cleaning cat-litter bags
If you do decide to use cat-litter bags, you should know that they do need to be cleaned.
You'll probably be tempted to just toss them in the trash after each use. However, you'll need to wait a few days to do this, because cat-litter bags often trap ammonia and other chemicals from your cat's urine, which can cause the chemicals to sit in the bag for longer than you might think.
When the bags are clean, however, they'll need to be washed. If you decide to use bleach to clean the bags, you'll need to do so only once a month. If you decide to wash the bags by hand, make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing it.
If you use bleach, make sure that you use enough to be able to get all of the cat's urine, and not just a bit of it. If you're washing the bags by hand, make sure that you clean them thoroughly.
If you don't have access to a cat-litter bag, you can make your own. The bag should be thick enough to keep your cat from falling through it, and it should be able to hold enough cat urine to ensure that your cat will use it.
If you decide to use your own cat-litter bags, you'll need to make sure that you clean them regularly. If you don't, your cat's urine will begin to smell, and your plant's soil will be affected by it.
While cat litter may not be harmful to plants, you may still want to make sure that your cat doesn't use the litter. If that's the case, you may need to use a cat repellent.
These products are designed to give your cat the sensation that it's stepping in something that is unpleasant or dangerous to it. The chemicals are similar to those found in household products such as window cleaners.
You may find that your cat will not use the litter if you cover the area with the cat repellent.
If you have access to a cat repellent, you'll need to clean the product before you use it. You may need to wipe down the area with a dry, clean cloth, or use an antibacterial spray to make sure that it doesn't stink.
Cats are also known to step on plants that they are allergic to. If this is the case, you may need to keep a second cat away from the houseplants.
You can also try putting some drops of lemon on the leaves of your plants to discourage cats from stepping on them.
Other cat deterrents
If you have a cat that is prone to using litter, you may not be able to stop your cat from using the litter. But you may be able to limit the damage that they can cause.
If you want to keep your cat from using litter in the house, you may want to make your own "pee-repellent" by mixing 2-4 parts vinegar to 1 part dish soap. The smell will be unpleasant to a cat, and it will also keep the litter from sticking to your plants.
If your cat isn't a fan of the smell, try adding a few drops of food-grade essential oils to the mixture. These essential oils will repel your cat and help to keep it away from the houseplants.
Using ammonia as a cat deterrent
If you can find a product called "cat deterrent," you may have found a way to keep your cat from stepping on your houseplants. While there are