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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:13 pm 
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Bengal Cat

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Two little Bengal monsters will join us next month and I realised we have two plants in the living room that are deemed poinsonous... namely a devil's ivy and pathos (the money plant)... chewing or ingesting would cause them irritation of the mouth, nose etc.
I'll probably just get rid of them but my better half tells me that it could be ok:
1. the plan is not to let the cats unsupervised in the living room (will be changing door handles to round ones so they cant break into the living room)
2. what about spraying some sort of repellent on said plants?

Anyway just wondering how people cope with plants!


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 Post subject: Re: Poisonous plants
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:48 pm 
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Cecile wrote:
Anyway just wondering how people cope with plants!


simple answer...i no longer have houseplants of any variety :lol:

i never had any that were dangerous to cats, but even so, they still tried to chew at every opportunity, or dig the earth, or when they were running around the room like loonies, the plants would go flying :roll:

the same goes for ornaments & pictures on the walls! lol. anything is considered fair game to a bengal.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Watch carefully how they do around the plants and keep some tasty cat grass nearby to distract them from your houseplants if they feel like chewing greenery. I find with mine that they definitely prefer to chew on anything that has long, grass-like leaves, e.g. spider plants (which are safe). If you have any plants that are outright deadly for cats (e.g. any sort of lilies) remove them from the house completely - better safe than sorry! Also remember to check cut flowers for toxicity if you like to keep bouquets around! I've heard of people carefully screening their potted plants just to find their cats become sick after chewing on bouquets on the table.

And sorry if this question sounds ignorant, but coming from Germany I'm not too familiar with the English names of houseplants: Aren't devil's ivy and the money plant pathos (pothos?) one and the same plant (Epipremnum aureum)? I had some of it and they never chewed on it, but I removed it anyway because I had it in the same pot as a Dracaena palm, which they did chew on (long, grass-like leaves...) and it's not good for them either.

Right now, I have some spider plants (which they love to chew on, so they serve the function of "pretty cat grass" around here...), some cacti (which they never chew on - I wonder why? :wink:), lots of coleus (they don't chew on it, but it would be safe if they did), a Norfolk Island Pine (also safe, but they don't like to chew on it), orchids and African violets (which are safe but luckily not to their taste either).


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:48 pm 
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Thanks guys for the advice! And actually Tameeria you are right, they are the same plant apparently... they look quite different (like on the 2 links below) so I never made the connection... Well I might keep them in at the start and see if they take interest in it or not... Luckily I've a good few spider plants that should keep them busy, and quite a lot of basil to keep their breath nice and fresh :)

http://green.reinyday.com/housep/pothos.jpg

http://deco-office.com/images/product_t ... allery.jpg

I also have a lot of pictures/frames/paintings on the wall, and a set of 30 tiny canvasses lightly stuck to the wall with tape... ah how fun it will be... Still can't wait to start the battle though :)


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