We have 2 cats, and they are wonderfully smart…except when it comes to eating certain things that they have no business eating. One of these things is plants.
One of our cats once ate a dead leaf that blew in from outside. A few minutes later, he threw it up…then promptly began eating another dead leaf. (I stopped him and swept all the leaves out of the house.)
Our other cat loves to chew on individual bristles of our broom. Thankfully, he doesn’t eat them—but I really wish he wouldn’t! He also likes to chew on fake christmas tree pine needles and tinsel, which we discourage through difficult access and shoo-ing him away when he gets close. (But it is difficult.)
Now, I’ve known for years that this behavior often means the cat is trying to solve a digestive or nutritional issue. Before everyone piles on proclaiming this is the answer, please note the following:
- we only feed our cats high-quality catfood (both wet and dry)
- this behavior has existed through several changes in catfood (both brand and flavor)
- we have had vets check the cats nutrition, blood chemistry, etc., and they are doing great
For these reasons, I don’t think that the unwanted behavior is due to the cats’ diet. I think it’s just a peculiarity of these two individuals.
I’m not allergic to cats, but I am interested in improving indoor air quality. A nice, natural solution for this is simply to keep 3 specific houseplants and “grow your own fresh air”.
(That is, these 3 plants were tested as the best for removing allergens and VOCs from the air.)
However, I’m afraid to get these plants, because I think the cats will eat them (or at least chew on them). They are listed as toxic to cats (and dogs).
Is there any way to keep indoor houseplants, and be certain that they are inaccessible to cats?
Apart from the usual dietary explanations, is there any other reason cats chew upon and eat things that they shouldn’t?