Starving Cats HELP!!!

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    wicket
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    I have about 40 BIG cats that need food quickly! Some are eating the pumpkin but not all. Anyone have swan plants around Tawa, Wgton???

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    Bernie
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    I agree that it must be a pest in NZ but some reputable seed merchants sell it in GB and really hard frosts kill it off.I have successfully reared a monarch from an egg to an adult solely on araujia and over the last few years have often used it as an emergency food.
    Unfortunately,this year a very early cold spell didn’t do my plants any good at all and I am struggling to feed cats on what are really grotty leaves whilst my other milkweeds are only in the seedling stage.

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    Jennifer
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    I would concur with Jacqui, dont take the seeds home. It is commonly called moth plant. It is a terrible pest, we had it amogst out trees in Greytown and had to get the Regional council out to eradicate it. They wanted to know all the locations I knew of. It seeds and spreads badly.

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    Jacqui
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    Hi Wicket

    Look around for Araujia sericifira (you might want to google it) and see if you can find that growing wild. You must NOT grow this plant as it’s a noxious weed. I used to take all my surplus caterpillars to it, where it would grow beside railway lines, and then crush a few leaves to get the sap running, and leave the caterpillars to it… but I guess you could also bring a few branches home and leave them in a vase of water.

    Cheers

    Jacqui

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