My senior citizen kitty is an indoor-only cat that enjoys eating the few plants that survive in my apartment.

One of the possible solutions that I found was mixing lemon with water. I sprayed that on my plants; it was like salad dressing to her. It did nothing.

A site suggested Bodhi Dog Bitter Lemon Spray, but the reviews are pretty bad.

Then I read about Grannicks Bitter Apple but it’s quite expensive and reviews are mixed.

What do you recommend so that my cat doesn’t eat my plants? Buying a plant for her is out of the question.

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    But your cat does have access to either the outdoors (with grass / vegetation) or cat grass or other non-toxic plants, I hope?
    – Stephie
    Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 5:51
  • Maybe for your interest: Is it normal for cats to eat grass? pets.stackexchange.com/questions/2798/… Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 6:26
  • She doesn't have access to the outdoors.
    – rbhat
    Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 21:51
  • Would adding a cats grass or other plant especially for your cat be an option for you? Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 5:26
  • please stop using lemon to keep your cat away from your plants LEMON IS TOXIC TO CATS aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/… Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 14:05

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Cats need to eat grass from time to time. Some substance in the grass causes them to vomit a while later, which cleanses hairballs from their stomach that would otherwise cause digestive issues. More info can be found in this related question.

So cats have a natural instinct to eat fresh green plants once in a while. If they don't have access to grass, they will chose other plants to chew on.

The easiest way to save your plants is to give your cat some grass to chew on. You can buy little flower pots of grass in some florist shops or you can simply make your own:

  • Fill a flower pot with fresh soil and water the soil.
  • Sprinkle some seeds of either lawn grass, wheat, rye, barley or oats on top of the soil. Rice might work as well, but I've never tried it.
  • Sprinkle a light cover of soil on top of the seeds.
  • Keep the flower pot in a nice place for a few days until the seeds germinated. If you live in a cold climate, keep it in a warm place. If you live in a warm climate, keep it out of direct sunlight.
  • Don't forget to water it if the soil looks dry.
  • Put the pot next to the plants your cat likes to chew.

As mentioned above, eating grass can cause vomiting. That's normal and healthy for a cat.

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