How to grow some free house plants!
If you are the kind of gardener who likes cats to garden for you, then you can skip this paragraph. But if you prefer to keep cats away from your plants, then here are some tips, especially if you object to them turning your ivy pot into a litter box or a snoozing spot.
Just remember that one of the world’s most creative gardeners, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) loved her cats when they accompanied her in her gardens and even posed for her marvelous photographs! But if you would rather not have yours checking out on the state of your African Violets or the dahlias, then read this:
- Hang a large wind chime next to the cat’s favourite toilet spot. The bigger, the noisier the better!
- Sprinkle citrus peel, (orange or lemon) oil of citronella or eucalyptus oil around the place where you don’t want cats to enter!
- Spray them with a hose or a water pistol!
Here is another trick to use when you are going away and haven’t found anyone to water the plants.
Cover pot plants with large plastic bags supported on sticks so that they do not touch the leaves. Tie the bag around the pot rim.
Make a house plant for free: grow some miniature fruit trees: grow decorative plants from orange, lemon or grapefruit pips. Soak the pips overnight, press into pots of compost and leave in a warm, dark spot such as an airing cupboard until they sprout!
Rose scented tea: add dried rose petals to the tea in your tea caddy to give your tea a friendly, cheering flavor!
Try this environmentally friendly way to remove the smell of cat urine:
- Boil 2 cups of water.
- Add 1 cup baking soda.
- Allow to cool.
- Add 2 cups vinegar
- Put in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
- Spray on urine spots while they are still wet, if possible.’
- Blot with towel/paper. Spray again. Blot dry.
- Keep repeating. From: Cat Talk by Sonya Fitzpatrick.
She says to give your cats treats that are natural snacks of dried fruits or vegetables, rather than processed biscuits. Her cats loved dried apricots and nuts.
A little treat for kitty: Add one beaten egg to half cup cooked oatmeal or baby-food mixed cereal. Stir in a little milk or light cream.
Add some flaked leftover fish to a can of undiluted cream-of-celery soup, and blend. Heat. From: The Cheerful Cat Cookbook by Roy Ald.