Many families have one or more pets in the home. These furry family members are naturally curious, so it’s only a matter of time before they find plants and flower arrangements that you purchased to liven up the room. While these greenery additions provide sweet fragrances, pets can attempt to eat them, which can make them sick. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent this.

3 Ways To Keep Pets Away From House Plants

1. Use a Pepper & Water Spray

If you have a cat who can’t seem to keep away from your flower arrangements, try spraying a bit of pepper on the stems or blossoms. Mix a pinch of pepper into a spray bottle with water and mist it on the plants. Then, the next time your furry friend goes to take a sniff (or bite) from your flowers, they’ll likely lose interest quickly.  

2. Keep Greenery on Shelves

Flower arrangementsOne of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your pets from destroying the flower arrangements in your home is to keep them in places they’re unable to reach. For example, a low coffee table probably isn’t the best location. Instead, try placing them on hard-to-reach shelves that, while still visible, aren’t as accessible to four-legged friends. It’s also wise to keep the floral arrangements in rooms that the pet either isn’t allowed in or doesn't frequent very often.

3. Train Your Pet to Stay Away

Although easier said than done, an effective way to help keep pets away from your plants is to train them. If you have a dog who knows basic commands, for example, such as “no,” apply those methods to teach them not to go near the plants. Make sure you’re consistent with choosing a word to discourage them when you see them near the plant, such as “no” or “get down.” It may take some patience and repetition, but it will be worth it in the end.



Now that you know how to keep your pets away from flower arrangements, visit Laurel Grove Florist & Green Houses in Port Jervis, NY, to pick up some new plants for your home. This family-owned and -operated florist has been creating stunning arrangements for more than 100 years. Whether you want a specific type of bouquet or just want to explore a gorgeous selection, they have flowers that are sure to impress. They also offer gift baskets and special occasion arrangements for events. Call (845) 856-3623 or visit them online to learn more about their bouquets.