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Old 26-03-2004, 05:57 AM
Doug Bolton
 
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My 3 cats all like to eat thin leaved orchids. They also like jasmine and coffee
plants (who'd think a cat would want coffee in the morning?). The ones that are
not in my grow room I've grouped together for mutual protection (circle the
wagons) as individual plants offer 360 degrees of attack. I've tried oat grass
and it is a bit of a diversion for them. Problem is it "goes off" after a couple
of weeks and then I have to grow more. What's working really well is a small
sedge (cyperus) that I've made readily available to them and they're quite
happily relentless with it. Fortunately it's a fast growing plant. This has
significantly reduced the damage to the orchids.

Doug

I rather wish Cats WERE allergic to orchids! Our youngest cat likes to eat
mine down to little nubs. The other two just like to lay there and share
window space with them.
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Old 26-03-2004, 05:59 AM
Kenni Judd
 
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My felines have eaten plenty [once, the majority of a compot]; the only harm
they suffered was my fury [which didn't faze them a whole lot, at the
time]. I eventually trained them out of it with the aid of the watering
hose [squirt gun made them cautious, but didn't stop them].


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Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids
http://www.jborchids.com


"Alison" wrote in message
om...
Are there any cat lovers here? I know some plants are toxic to cats,
but was wondering about orchids. Is it possible that the smell of an
orchid could bother a cat? Our foster kitty has some other medical
problems that are making her obnoxious at the moment, but I was
wondering if it's coincidence that she acts so scared to come out of
hiding in the cellar, sneaking up the steps & looking around with big
eyes as if she can smell another cat in the house or something... at
approximately the same time as my brassia reached full bloom & started
putting out its fragrance.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.

Alison



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Old 26-03-2004, 05:59 AM
Kenni Judd
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

My felines have eaten plenty [once, the majority of a compot]; the only harm
they suffered was my fury [which didn't faze them a whole lot, at the
time]. I eventually trained them out of it with the aid of the watering
hose [squirt gun made them cautious, but didn't stop them].


--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids
http://www.jborchids.com


"Alison" wrote in message
om...
Are there any cat lovers here? I know some plants are toxic to cats,
but was wondering about orchids. Is it possible that the smell of an
orchid could bother a cat? Our foster kitty has some other medical
problems that are making her obnoxious at the moment, but I was
wondering if it's coincidence that she acts so scared to come out of
hiding in the cellar, sneaking up the steps & looking around with big
eyes as if she can smell another cat in the house or something... at
approximately the same time as my brassia reached full bloom & started
putting out its fragrance.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.

Alison



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Old 26-03-2004, 05:59 AM
Kenni Judd
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

My felines have eaten plenty [once, the majority of a compot]; the only harm
they suffered was my fury [which didn't faze them a whole lot, at the
time]. I eventually trained them out of it with the aid of the watering
hose [squirt gun made them cautious, but didn't stop them].


--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids
http://www.jborchids.com


"Alison" wrote in message
om...
Are there any cat lovers here? I know some plants are toxic to cats,
but was wondering about orchids. Is it possible that the smell of an
orchid could bother a cat? Our foster kitty has some other medical
problems that are making her obnoxious at the moment, but I was
wondering if it's coincidence that she acts so scared to come out of
hiding in the cellar, sneaking up the steps & looking around with big
eyes as if she can smell another cat in the house or something... at
approximately the same time as my brassia reached full bloom & started
putting out its fragrance.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.

Alison



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Old 26-03-2004, 06:22 AM
Doug Bolton
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

My 3 cats all like to eat thin leaved orchids. They also like jasmine and coffee
plants (who'd think a cat would want coffee in the morning?). The ones that are
not in my grow room I've grouped together for mutual protection (circle the
wagons) as individual plants offer 360 degrees of attack. I've tried oat grass
and it is a bit of a diversion for them. Problem is it "goes off" after a couple
of weeks and then I have to grow more. What's working really well is a small
sedge (cyperus) that I've made readily available to them and they're quite
happily relentless with it. Fortunately it's a fast growing plant. This has
significantly reduced the damage to the orchids.

Doug

I rather wish Cats WERE allergic to orchids! Our youngest cat likes to eat
mine down to little nubs. The other two just like to lay there and share
window space with them.
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Old 26-03-2004, 06:24 AM
Kenni Judd
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

My felines have eaten plenty [once, the majority of a compot]; the only harm
they suffered was my fury [which didn't faze them a whole lot, at the
time]. I eventually trained them out of it with the aid of the watering
hose [squirt gun made them cautious, but didn't stop them].


--
Kenni Judd
Juno Beach Orchids
http://www.jborchids.com


"Alison" wrote in message
om...
Are there any cat lovers here? I know some plants are toxic to cats,
but was wondering about orchids. Is it possible that the smell of an
orchid could bother a cat? Our foster kitty has some other medical
problems that are making her obnoxious at the moment, but I was
wondering if it's coincidence that she acts so scared to come out of
hiding in the cellar, sneaking up the steps & looking around with big
eyes as if she can smell another cat in the house or something... at
approximately the same time as my brassia reached full bloom & started
putting out its fragrance.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.

Alison



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Old 26-03-2004, 04:06 PM
Mary A. Smith
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

On 26 Mar 2004 07:28:59 -0800, (J. Del Col)
wrote:

(Alison) wrote in message . com...
.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.


My dear sweet (almost) 18-year-old Carol really doesn't care about my
orchids (I moved the spider plants & palm to my office, though ... ),
even the "grassy" looking Cyms. She does, however, appreciate the
shade they give her in the summer when they're out on the side steps.
She has arthritis now, so jumping up among the plants isn't a problem,
though she never did any damage when she did. Our friend's 2 Jack
Russell Terrors (not mispelled!), however, are a different story. I
went outside one sunny summer day when we had friends staying with us
to find the 2 cute little monsters happily munching away on my
Brassia's new growth!! I'd been nurturing and watching this tender new
growth for 7 months, and in a matter of minutes it was gone! In
addition to eating the new growth, their sharp little fangs did
considerable damage to the rest of the plant. I don't know how, but I
calmly took the plant from them, gathered up the pot and medium, and
went back inside to tell Don that he might want to put his puppies
back in their pen. A few days later, after everyone had left, I came
home from work to find that my husband made me a cute little "no dogs
allowed" sign for my orchid collection! Don doesn't bring the dogs
anymore when he visits. The plant eventually died. I prefer to blame
that on the dogs...

Mary

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Old 29-03-2004, 03:42 AM
mg
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

Too bad my Maxillaria Tenufolia wasn't toxic to cats, my wife's cat
chomped it down to a nub. Hardy little thing though, basically has
recovered in a year.

Alison wrote:
Are there any cat lovers here? I know some plants are toxic to cats,
but was wondering about orchids. Is it possible that the smell of an
orchid could bother a cat? Our foster kitty has some other medical
problems that are making her obnoxious at the moment, but I was
wondering if it's coincidence that she acts so scared to come out of
hiding in the cellar, sneaking up the steps & looking around with big
eyes as if she can smell another cat in the house or something... at
approximately the same time as my brassia reached full bloom & started
putting out its fragrance.
Just curious whether anyone had any experience with their cats &
orchids not getting along.

Alison


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Old 29-03-2004, 04:32 PM
J. Del Col
 
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"molli" wrote in message ...
You know we HAVE to ask......

J. Del Col (attendant to Smokey, Panda and Nylon (yes, that's her
name; don't ask)


It gets worse. Nylon used to have a sister named Spandex.
Unfortunately Spandex has now gone to the land where all the mice are
fat and slow. Their monikers were the result of letting a then little
boy with a quirky sense of humor name a couple of kittens.

J. Del Col


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Old 29-03-2004, 05:32 PM
molli
 
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Default orchids toxic to cats?

Ah yes...that's why we have a Rottweiler named "Ephiny" (from Xena)
registered name "Holland Glen's Amazon Princess" and a cat named "Precious"
(she's NOT) in our case it was a small girl, not boy.

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Hugs,
Molli

Their monikers were the result of letting a then little
boy with a quirky sense of humor name a couple of kittens.

J. Del Col





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