Usually Wally is always around when I'm shooting a new Urban Jungle Bloggers post, but for this special Jungle Animals editions he couldn't be bothered. Fortunately Otta was more than happy to walk around the little jungle I prepared on our dinner table. She loved it, especially nibbling on fresh Philodendron leaves, her favorite.
Living with plants and cats is always a bit challenging. What works for me: the juicy & leafy plants are all in catsafe areas: on the fridge, on top of the bookcases, or in the greenhouse where they don't have access to. Which means we only have cactus plants and some succulents on the tables and shelves. I would love to have a palm tree on my desk permanently, like in the Back to School: Plants on the workspace Edition. Oh I really loved that tropical feeling! But well… I prefer to keep my cats and plants healthy.
Otta seemed very happy in her jungle and checked out all the plants like a curious kitty cat. It was certainly the highlight of her 1 hour-day, as she usually sleeps 23 hours/day. She's been living with us for fifteen years, much longer than most of the plants 😉
Can you spot little Otta?
See there she is, our little jungle tiger 😉
The pink dotted table cloth is by HAY, via Really Well Made. I love it!
All of our three cats, love leafy juicy plants: palm trees, Monstera and Philodendron. It's probably because they are sugar-y and juicy. Or maybe they smell good?
They definitely taste good too:
For the sake of a photo, I let her nibble for a few seconds and then told her to stop. There are tons of lists of toxic plants for cats, which all include the Philodendron, but she was OK. Although you should be more careful with any kind of Lily. They are most poisonous for cats. We don't have lilies, so we're safe 😉
Our little Otta being very innocent:
Do you have any tips for living with plants and cats? How do you keep you cats from destroying your plants? I would love to hear!
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