My Cat is Soiling My House Plants

Cat sitting near planter

"Help, my cat is soiling my house plants!" A LoveToKnow visitor wants to know how to keep her cat from ruining her greenery.

Problem: My Cat is Soiling My House Plants

I have a two-year-old female cat that I adopted on Feb 14, 2007. She seems happy. She looks out the window all the time, and sometimes she scratches at it. I sort of feel bad for making her an indoor cat.

Recently, she started urinating in my house plants, and I am not sure what to do about it. She's normally such a good cat, so now I'm wondering if she's unhappy.

~~ T. Cady

Expert Reply

Hello T.,

Since your cat was about a year old when you adopted her, I wonder if she was previously allowed to roam outside? Cats do love to sit in windows and watch the world outside, so that in itself isn't unusual. I'm not a fan of letting cats roam on their own outdoors, but you could take her out on a leash for some supervised fun in the fresh air.

Now for your question. The house plant soiling needs to be nipped in the bud, or your plants will be ruined and your home will begin to smell. There are a couple of routes you can take.

  • Depending on the climate where you live, you could put your plants outside on a porch. This would keep her from getting near them.
  • You could repot the plants now in fresh potting medium and throw a few moth balls on the surface to repel your cat away from them.

Whichever measure you take, you'll still need to keep watch that she doesn't find a new spot to soil rather than in her litter box.

Thanks for your question, and I hope one of these suggestions solves your problem.

~~ Kelly

My Cat is Soiling My House Plants