Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
There are many wonderful flowers and beautiful arrangements available during the spring season. Flowers can add a relaxing vibe to your house by filling it with pleasurable colors and scents. Unfortunately, pets can change that vibe into tension and worry as you try to keep both plant and animal safe from each other. Trudy’s Floral Design, providing locally grown Seattle flowers, has collected some advice from pet owners on how to keep fur and leaf from getting in each other’s business.
While none of these remedies are guaranteed to work with every animal, they are a place to start when determining the best way to find a peaceful co-existence in your happy home.
Out of Reach
Placing houseplants on tables and shelves that are out of the reach of a dog’s wagging tail is an obvious but important step in keeping both plant and animal safe. Doubtless, as a dog owner, you have already experienced countless spilled beverages from the troublesome combination of low lying coffee tables with medium to large sized dogs. Positioning a nice floral arrangement on that level would be disastrous to the health of the plant, as well as subject the dog to scolding that should have been reserved for the owner.
Keeping house plants out of the reach of cats is a completely different challenge. Cats are designed to get into things they are not supposed to. Being able to climb and leap with such efficiency puts very few places in your house out of a curious cat’s reach. Hanging baskets work best but are not a guarantee. Small shelves in windows that leave no landing room can often be enough to keep cats away.
Sprays and Other Preventative Substances
Another good suggestion with wildly varied results is to apply a substance that is both undesirable to pets, but harmless to plants. Pepper and peppermint oils seem to be popular for keeping cats away, but should only be used directly on fabrics surrounding the plant. Diluted pepper paste in water reportedly is safe for plants but should be tested first on a small portion of the plant. Apple vinegar is safe for most plants but has shown spotty effectiveness with pets. They also make a rather expensive device, which uses a motion detector on top of a spray bottle that you position next to plants. It releases a non-toxic spray but refills are pricey.
Cover the Soil
Several beautiful springtime flowering plants can be very toxic to cats if ingested. On the flip side, cats can be just as toxic to any plants in potting soil. Plants with too much bare soil are like an open invitation to a new litter box for felines. Covering or limiting the amount of open soil is crucial. Many pet owners suggest covering the dirt with foil, but for a more decorative look you can use pine cones or even assorted knickknacks. Anything you can do to make it uncomfortable for cat paws, while making it difficult to dig, will probably work. Many Seattle floral design shops, like Trudy’s, provide attractive and interesting arrangements with no soil that eliminates this problem.