I do not cater to my houseplants. In fact, I neglect the...always have. However, lately my Crown of Thorns has been subjected to a lot of neglect and mistreatment. WHY? Katniss, that's why!!
Ever since Katniss moved in, she's been attracted to the plants. Spraying her with water deterred her through the kitten stage. However, the past few weeks "my little rodent" wouldn't leave this particular plant alone. Each morning when I got up, there was a mess in the DR...a mess created by Katniss. She was shredding leaves from the Crown of Thorns!
Afraid she would get sick because the plant is poisonous to pets, I needed to do something. The end result may not be pretty but so far it's worked. Using suggested methods, #1 and #3 from 4 Ways to Get Cats From Eating Houseplants, I literally watched "my little rodent" walk up to the plant sniff it, then walk away. Yes, spraying the leaves with a very weak mixture of white vinegar and water and sprinkling cayenne pepper in the plant seemed to do the trick.
Meanwhile, the Pres said, "Don't worry I'll fix her wagon,"as he headed out the front door. Returning an hour later, in he walked with a piece of vinyl lattice and trim. "Now lets see what she does," he said flopping in his recliner.
My guess? She'll either climb the lattice or try to jump in. What do you think "my little rodent" will do?
just seeing, saying, and sharing...
Corralling the Neglected