Safe Plant Cats!
Safe plants for cats and not so safe plants for the cat and plant owner
Plants that good or bad was a topic requested by @solarguy. What I stumbled upon was good and bad plants for pet cats. Many do not know what plants may be good or bad for our cats or ourselves sometimes even with so many plants out there. If you have cats and they may nibble on the plants it is a good idea to know the good ones from the bad ones. You may have these indoors or outdoors as well depending on you and your cat's choice and preference.
Grass is good for cats to help with their digestive systems and hairballs for example. However lilies are toxic to cats. So good to have them out of reach along with delicate plants which they may trample in a playful act. Think about where you plant somethings in plants or not so easily reached around your yard.
When it comes to populating your garden, there are good plants and bad plants. Cat-safe plants include sunflower, bamboo, rose, violet, lavender and snapdragon and there are some herbs which are also fine for your cat. These include mint, sage, parsley, dill, rosemary, basil and tarragon and they’re believed to have a positive effect on your cat’s health if eaten. This is one of the first ways to create a cat friendly garden.
There are some plants to avoid and although cats will instinctively stay away from plants which they know are bad for them, it’s better to be safe than sorry as they can be very harmful to cats if unwittingly ingested. Lilies and foxgloves can cause kidney damage to your cats and other plants which are harmful include marigold, oak, peony, wisteria, rhododendron, buttercup, crocus and daffodil. Be careful with house plants too such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly, which are also poisonous to cats.
Also a good idea to avoid chemicals which should be common sense but just mentioned as a friendly reminder for our furry friends and ourselves in the best interest of our health. Cats enjoy things to climb on so you may think about setting things up that they may climb on, through, and/or in as they like to play hide and seek too, or runaway depending on the cats. Another good thing is a soft landing area for when they jump or land which is safer than hard surfaces.
We all know that cats go crazy for catnip. It’s also known as nepeta or catmint and is a member of the mint family. This plant contains an essential oil which has a euphoric effect on cats and makes them super happy. So if you want a super happy (and super high) cat, plant some in your garden where cats can chew on it, roll around in it and lie in it at their leisure.
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