It’s always best to keep cats indoors, where they aren’t endangered by cars, weather, and other hazards. However, that doesn’t mean your kitty can’t enjoy a taste of nature. Why not turn a room—or even your whole home—into a kitty-friendly indoor garden? Read on as a local Los Gatos, CA vet offers some tips on creating the purrfect kitty garden.
Make sure to only choose pet-safe plants. Many popular plants, such as daffodils, tulips, and lilies, are highly toxic to kitties. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here. Of course, even plants that aren’t toxic can become harmful if they are sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. Other plants, like roses, can be dangerous because of sharp thorns.
Herbs are a great addition to any home. Plus, you get to enjoy having fresh ingredients to cook with! Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are all safe. Valerian is also fine, as are lemon grass, mint, and, of course, catnip. Put these in small planters, and let Fluffy sniff and nibble them.
Potted trees add a welcoming, sophisticated look to any home. American Rubber trees and Money trees are both good options, as are several types of palms, including Ponytail palms, Areca palms, and Parlor palms.
Zinnias, marigolds, snapdragons, Gerber daisies, sunflowers, African violets, and many types of orchids are all safe. You’ll also be able to snap some adorable photos of your feline pal against some bright blooms!
Want to get your furry pal’s motor going? Get an old litterbox or a shallow storage tote, and put a few inches of potting soil in it. Then, add some cat grass seeds. In a few weeks, Fluffy will have her own little ‘lawn’ to sprawl out on!
Many ferns, including Boston ferns and asparagus ferns, are safe for kitties. (Bonus: ferns are also great at filtering the air.) Spider plants are also safe, as are Cast Iron plants, Bromeliads, and Bamboo palms.
When arranging plants, keep your pet’s safety in mind. You don’t want Fluffy knocking things over onto herself! Put large pots on the ground, and use secure plant holders.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Los Gatos, CA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!