When people are looking for a natural method to deter cats from unwanted areas or from their gardens completely then it is an obvious choice to look towards plants for a solution. Plants are a natural choice for gardens and can add more interest and scents to our gardens. This is always an added bonus for keen gardeners!
When looking to use plants as natural cat deterrents the problem arises about what to choose. There are so many plant varieties to choose from and then there is the question about whether plants even work when used for this purpose! There are mixed reviews on plant usage as a natural cat repellent with some people swearing that they work and others not having quite the same good luck.
Once you have decided to try plants as a cat deterrent then of course the big question is which plants are said to deter cats. Luckily there are some great lists of plants that are said to work to repel any pest felines that have decided to make themselves a nuisance in your garden. Lemongrass is one such plant that is thought to have cat repelling properties.
What Is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass is a beautiful tropical herb variety of plant with a bushy set of grassy leaves that can grow really tall with the right conditions and care. It can grow up to 5 foot tall! This makes it a fantastic addition to garden beds to add colour, interest, texture and of course a beautiful scent.
This herb has a wonderful citrusy scent that is highly pleasant to most of us and the lemony aroma wafting through the garden is a welcome addition to most people and can remind people of warmer, more tropical climates.
This plant thrives in sunny climes so needs planting in a sunny spot and in well-draining soil. These originate from tropical areas of the world and while they do need regular watering they don’t thrive if the ground is too wet. Other than that these are a relatively easy plant to take care of so make a fab addition to most gardens.
Is Lemongrass Safe For Cats?
With any plant or cat deterrent, it is always a good idea to take some care with the use of it and lemongrass is no different. There is a risk that lemongrass oils (especially essential oils) can make a cat ill and this could become a problem if a cat decides to eat too much of the lemongrass plant.
For most cats, lemongrass won’t pose too much of a problem as they won’t be tempted to eat it or if they do then they won’t eat enough to cause them too much harm. If a cat does get the taste for this plant they can end up feeling rather sick and in some cases seriously ill with symptoms ranging from mild stomach upsets to pain, fever, appetite loss, vomiting and shock. In more serious cases and with eating large and regular amounts the cat could end up with leg weakness, urinary tract issues and even cystitis. They would have to have a good nibble on a large quantity for this to happen and it would be rare for a cat to do so! Not that it can’t happen, sometimes animals will be attracted to things that are bad for them or that can make them sick.
Does Lemongrass Work To Repel Cats?
It is the lemony citrus scent that we love so much that is the precise reason many cats don’t like it. Cats are known to have a strong dislike for citrus type scents including lemon, lime and orange because their noses are extra sensitive and these aromas are quite strong. Citrus is overwhelming to many cats and they will avoid it at all costs. Even cats with a lesser sense of smell should be deterred by this strong scent.
Whilst it is thought that lemongrass works as a natural cat repellent for many people it is definitely worth noting that not all cats will react in the same way. There are even some cat owners who say their cats love the scent! These cats will seek out the plant and even roll around in it. Even with this in mind it is still worth a try. It may well help sort out a cat problem or at least go some of the way to helping deter cats and the herb is such a lovely addition to any garden that you can’t really go wrong.