Cool Idea: Protect Plants from Pets…Beautifully…

I have two cats.  Two cats who LOVE to eat plants.  Unfortunately, they throw up EVERY SINGLE TIME they eat plants.  So it’s not a good situation for the cats, or for we humans who have to clean up the vomit.  I’ve tried everything to keep them out of the foliage – putting a little “fence” around the greens, using “Bitter Yuck” spray, spraying them with water when I see them at the plants…nothing has worked.  So the only solution has been to choose a room that is 100% off-limits to the cats, and put all of the greens inside, where I can admire them when I’m in that room.  Rather sad.

Then I came across something intriguing at an occasional sale last month.  I found a vintage sign holder that was beautifully weathered, with a gorgeously patina-ed base and a tag reading “plant holder”.  Aha!  Those clever occasional sale gals – of course, the perfect plant stand!  And when I realized that it could be, in fact, an anti-cat plant stand, I snapped it up.

The stand is ideal – it’s attractive, itself, and because it’s constructed of thin metal rods, it’s “barely there” visually.  I gave it to my mom for Mother’s Day and she has it in front of a window by the front door.  It’s so pretty – the light green of the fern’s leaves gently obscure the neighbor’s house across the street, but otherwise it’s minimalist (and chic!).

Amelia, defeated by the plant stand

Oh, and it should work for dogs or any other four-legged pets, too!

À demain,


PS. I got my lovely stand at The Bee Cottage in Excelsior, MN.

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  1. ourdachshundsophie on June 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Love this! I love vintage items. Also great if you want to hang plants in your home but don’t want to put a hook in the ceiling.

  2. simone on July 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Have you found any other options for having plants in the home that prevent cats from reaching them? I am surprised there aren’t any companies out there making products that allow cat owners to have plants.

    • katherine on July 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Hi Simone,

      I have NOT found any other products that effectively protect indoor plants from my cats. (I tried spraying plants with the bitter orange spray that’s sold at pet stores, but that only kept my kitties away for a few hours. Bummer.) But let me know if you come across another product!


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