Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

My cat has taken a liking to my houseplants and everyday it seems like there are more and more leaves missing. I don't want to get rid of all my plants, is there anyway to train my cat to stop chewing on them?


Dear Carol,

Not only can chewing on plants be dangerous it's an unwanted behavior when you're trying to bring a little of the outdoors inside. This article offers several ways to "nip that problem in the bud" and provide your cat with healthy alternatives.

Click here to read the full article.

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My human always gets upset when I sniff around her flowers. Has she gone crazy? It's not like I'm sniffing around her dinner plate.

–Lily The Cat

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Dear Lily,

Your human hasn't gone crazy. As sweet smelling as some flowers and plants may be often times they can be poisonous to cats. You and your human can check out this article for a list of some common plants that may pose a danger.

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