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Cat Friendly Garden at Home

Plant a Cat Friendly Garden this Spring!

A Cat Friendly Garden
A Cat Friendly Garden

I love gardening and my cats so planting a cat friendly garden is a common thing we do this time of the year. It is fun and we are doing something good for our kitty companions. Our cats live inside our home but from time to time they like to adventure around the garden. To provide a pleasurable experience it is nice to have cat friendly plants that they love and that will stimulate their senses.

Renew the garden beds with new soil
Renew the garden beds with new soil

Cats love catnip. Both fresh and dried. They like to smell it and eat it. Coincidentally catnip is part of the mint family too, who knew! The catnip oil available in the the leaves when gently rubbed make cats very happy and excited. This oil and scent soothes them when catnip is eaten too.

It is funny though but dogs love catnip too. Bella, my sheltie dog likes to smell the catnip that we grow in the garden. Catnip is fine for dogs. With its tranquilizing effect catnip is a safe as a herbal remedy to alleviate nervousness and sleeplessness in many animals. This is a good natural remedy when traveling long distances.

Catnip is a favorite plant for cats
Catnip is a favorite plant for cats

When planning your cat friendly garden either indoor or outdoors take into account that some plants can be toxic for felines. Stay away from the following plants:Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Lillies, Oleander, Peace Lily, Pothos, Sago Palm, Spanish Thyme or Mexican Mint, Tulip and Narcissus bulbs, Poinsettia, Wandering Jew and Yew.

Sunflowers are Cat friendly too
Sunflowers are Cat friendly too!

Good friendly plants for cats are: Catnip, Palms, Bamboo, African Violet, Boston Fern, Burros tail succulent, Cast iron plant, Bromeliads, Christmas cactus, Haworthia succulents, Peperomia, Phalaenopsis orchids, Prayer plant,  Swedish ivy, Lipstick Plant,  Fresh Lavender, Basil, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Oat Grass, Bean Sprouts, Roses, Zinnias, Gerber Daisies, and Sunflowers.

When choosing your plants make sure you buy those that are organic and edible grade and do not use any kind of chemicals or pesticides. This will prevent your cat or dog to get sick while to ingesting any of the flowers or leaves. The kitty garden must be chemical and pesticide free.

Add some adventure for extra fun
Add some adventure for extra fun!

Are you ready to create your cat friendly garden?

How to Plant and Cat Friendly Garden

16 thoughts on “Cat Friendly Garden at Home

    • Fresh lavender is not poisonous for cats nor dogs unless you are using pesticides. The DIY garden on this site is using organic edible grade plants. What it is toxic and bad are essential oils with lavender. Before I wrote this article did some research and while ASPCA says lavender is toxic many other resources found mention fresh lavender is not toxic. Best bet is to ask your veterinarian. My dog and my cats have not been poisoned with fresh lavender and while I am not a vet I have been a pet owner for more than 20 years. Would not do anything that will harm them and would not recommend the use of lavender oils as a repellent/treatment for fleas either. Thanks for engaging.

  1. What a great idea! I think I’ll do this on my porch. My cats are indoor cats but because we live on the second floor they’re allowed to go out onto the porch. I know they will love it.

    • It is a great idea for small spaces an apartments too. My four cats are indoor but since we have a yard that is why I built the garden outside but you perfectly can make one for indoor purposes. Thanks for engaging with us.

  2. I might try a small version of this on our screened in back patio. I don’t like to let our CoCo in the yard because we’ve spotted a bobcat on multiple occasions in the woods at the back of our property 🙁 Great post and info!

    • Our yard is fenced and our cats go out to enjoy the garden for a short time. I guess everyone can do what ever is best. You can make an indoor version too.

  3. I love my kitties and love flowers, plants and etc. Thank you so much for the info on things I can’t plant with them in mind.

  4. My cats love to play outside in my flowerbeds. It’s like their own personal cat jungle among the tiger lilies! It is so cute to watch them play out there!

    • That is so cool cats really love the outdoors. Just be mindful any kind of lilies are poisonous for cats. Don’t let them ingest or get the pollen as your cats could get sick. Thanks for stoping by.

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