Our cat, Butter, hated our plants. Or she loved them, my husband and I could never tell which. All we knew was: We kept coming home to our plants on the floor here and Butter over there, wearing a smug expression that said, You can’t prove it.
So we bought more plants and they ended up on the floor and we bought more plants and they ended up on the floor. (Apparently, we aren’t the only ones with this problem.) Then we swore off plants forever and bought plastic succulents at Target (don’t @me).
A few months later, my best friend sent me a birthday present: a hanging planter.
In other words, a planter that’s mounted on the wall or ceiling—above the counters and tables and shelves, so out of reach that even Butter looked at it once and gave up. Which means you can have your pet and keep your plants, too.
Beyond that, it makes my otherwise minimalist apartment look a lot more deliberate and put-together. Think of it like a statement planter, just like a statement wall (a big, bold paint color surrounded by something neutral, like white). It serves the same function as any planter, but does so in a take-notice way.
I don’t know if Butter loves it quite as much as she loves destroying plants when we’re not home, but anyone who comes over is sure to compliment it.
Cat owners: How do you keep your furry friends away from the plants? Share your best tricks in the comments below!
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.