Plant a Cat-Friendly Garden this Spring!
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.
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 leaves when gently rubbed make cats very happy and excited. This oil and scent soothe 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 excellent for dogs. With its tranquilizing effect catnip is a safe as a herbal remedy to alleviate nervousness and sleeplessness in many animals. A unique natural treatment when traveling long distances.
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.
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 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.