Creating a Kitty Garden

Have you decided to keep your feline pal indoors? If so, that’s wonderful! Your cat will be both safer and healthier living indoors. However, if you want to give Fluffy a taste of nature, why not make her a little kitty garden? A local Sugar Land, TX vet lists some great cat-safe plant below.

Herbs

There are two benefits to growing pet-safe herbs: your furry pal gets something to nibble on, and you get fresh ingredients for cooking. Parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint, basil, and dill are all safe. Don’t forget about catnip! Fluffy’s favorite plant is actually part of the mint family. Wheatgrass and lemongrass are also great choices. (Tip: pick up a cheap litterbox, and use it as a pot for growing a mat of wheatgrass for your pet.)

Potted Trees

Potted trees can add a lovely natural feel to any home. Some good options for people with kitties include Areca palm, Ponytail palm, and Bamboo palm.

Flowers

African violets are a great option for your kitty garden. Many types of orchids are also safe for Fluffy. Snapdragons and zinnias are more good choices. Alyssum, jasmine, marigolds, Bachelor’s buttons, and roses are also non-toxic, though with roses the thorns can still prove hazardous.

Potted Plants

Our feline friends love to peek out at their owners from behind green leaves, and pretend that they are vicious predators. Fluffy also loves ambushing her unsuspecting human pals by waiting behind plants and then dashing out in front of them. Boston Ferns, Prayer plants, Money plants, and Cast Iron plants are all great plants for your pet to hide behind. Spider plants are also safe.

Succulents

Chicken and hen plants, Echeveria, Painted Lady and Jade plants are all safe for your furry buddy. These are great options for people with brown thumbs!

Tips

When setting up Fluffy’s kitty garden, arrange things so that there is little to no chance of your frisky pet knocking plants over. Also, be sure to only use safe, suitable plants. Many popular plants are toxic to kitties! Some plants to avoid include azaleas, oleanders, and many types of lilies. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!