11.18.2010

The post with the sad little plant.

I bought a plant this past summer. A pygmy date palm, to be exact. It used to look something like this:


The tag said it enjoyed moderate light (check) and damp soil (check check). What the tag didn't say, however, is how much it does not enjoy cats chewing on its frilly leaves. Maybe because that's common sense? I don't know.

At any rate, I thank God that I can sleep at night knowing the plant isn't toxic to kitties (which I made sure of after finding this incredibly helpful list from the ASPCA), because our cats eat that thing like it's chicken. But non-toxic or not, the purpose of having the plant (beauty, air purity, a place behind which to hide newspapers) is lost when the cats treat it as their personal grazing station. We like to spoil our furry friends, but, come on. A personal grazing station? The thing has been bent and chewed like a nervous fingernail biter competing in the national spelling bee. Take a look at our sad little Phoenix Roebelenii (can I have the language of origin on that one, please?):


Sad face.

On another sad face side note, it occurred to me today that getting good pictures is going to be difficult for a while since I now leave and come home from work in the near dark. Yay winter. :)

Anyway, this thing looks like it belongs in the Addams Family house or something. Only it's not flesh-eating.


So here is my plea: HELP! I have 0/2 green thumbs and my resume of plant care consists of watering and, well....well, just watering. Can I keep my cats away? Is it really all their fault, or is it partly my approach to plant TLC? Shall I phone Morticia and tell her I'm sending an early Christmas present? If you're an expert or at least know how to do more than water, please share your tips. We (and our plant...but probably not the cats) would be ever so grateful. :)

And speaking of cats, here's one of the guilty members of that party now, perched so sweetly near her favorite late-night snack.


She only LOOKS innocent. When we're not looking (and, actually, sometimes even when we are), she becomes a ravenous plant-eating fiend. Like Little Shop of Horrors. Only she's doing the plant-eating, not the other way around...

Okay, I'm done now.

12 comments:

caitlin said...

So we have the same cat-eating-plant problem and we found a somewhat helpful solution. There's this product sold in pet supply stores (like Petco or PetSmart) called "Bitter YUCK" that is non-toxic and water-based so it's fine for the cat and any plant. It tastes AWFUL and our cat comes away from attempted plant eating chewing his tongue with the most indignant look. Also, make sure you wash your hands really, really well after using it or you will find out just how disgusting it tastes.

Erin said...

Thanks, Caitlin--I've never heard of that! We'll have to look into it!

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

I have black thumbs. My FIL gave me a baby plant of a plant he had and I killed it. We bought a plant to give to friends as a housewarming gift and I set it on fire. Yes, I set it on fire. So I decided blackened leaves probably not such a great gift and kept the plant, kept it alive for s few years until this past somewhere. I put it out on our new porch in the sun, then worried it was too dry and proceeded to drown it.
At least it's your cats and not you. ;)

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

Ok, I totally meant past summer, not somewhere!!!

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