Indoor cats have a lot of time on their hands, and that means a lot of opportunity for mischief. No matter how high up you hang your plants, your cat will get to them one way or another.
As you may already know, some plants are toxic to cats. So which plants should you keep and which should you give the boot to? You can find a complete, huge list of plants that are toxic to cats on the ASPCA website.
Still other plants are perfectly cat-safe - although we can’t say whether your cat is plant-safe, so don’t be too upset if your cat uses your potted plant for digging practice!
As a compromise with your cat to keep his paws (and teeth) off your precious plants, you can try getting some plants that can be munched on and enjoyed by your kitty. Some cats are natural grazers, while others will barely even look at your plants.
If your cat has a green tongue, you can create your own indoor kitty garden by buying (or growing your own) beloved cat plants. Here are some good choices for potted cat plants:
Cat grass is a popular choice for indoor cat owners, and it generally consists of oat grass or wheatgrass, or a number of other cereal sprouts. You can buy grown cat grass from many places, but it’s fairly easy to grow your own from seed. Cat grass may help your kitty get over hairball problems or settle a finicky digestive system.
Catnip can be grown at home as well, but be forewarned that if your cat loves the stuff, he will decimate it at an impressive speed. Make sure you only provide a little at a time to prevent over-consumption! Not all cats are affected by this minty plant, but the sweet smell and pretty flowers might be a welcome addition to your home anyway. As an added bonus, catnip has been known to repel roaches and other pests.
You might already be growing some of this stuff for yourself as a herb, since it’s commonly used in cooking and teas. Create a little patch for your cat too, and he’ll love it!
You might have noticed a pattern by now: cats really dig mint. Peppermint in particular is a good choice because while some cats are attracted to the smell, many mice are repelled by it. It’s a two-for-one - and you can throw some leaves into your tea for a refreshing brew.
You may have noticed from the ASPCA list of toxic plants that a lot of flowers are off the tables for cats. Some flowers are perfectly safe, though, so feel free to offer up some sacrifices- that is, a couple of fresh flowers from your flower bed if you’ve verified that they’re cat-safe. Some non-toxic flowers include roses, zinnias, and snapdragons.
These indoor plant staples grow easily and quickly, don’t need too much care, and cats love to nibble on them. Even if you’re not a gardener, a spider plant or two around the house can satisfy your cat’s need for greens, without needing much effort on your part.
Using any of these plants, you can create a nice little salad bar for your cat. Only fresh greens served here - straight from the soil!
- by Yuliya