Cat-Friendly Plants For Your Feline Friend

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We humans are attracted to plants, and cats are no different! While their beauty attracts us, cats are typically drawn to their scent and frilly, tempting leaves. There are several houseplants on the no-no list for cats, but there are cat-friendly plants that both you and your kitty can enjoy all year long. Here we will take a look at some of these if you and your cat want to get your green thumb on together.

Catnip

This one might be a total given, but it’s a feline fan favorite. Did you know that only about 50% of cats on the planet feel the stimulant effects of catnip? Yep, that’s right. Only approximately one cat in two inherits a sensitivity to the herb. And more so, kittens under the age of 3 months are usually non-responsive to this cat-friendly plant.

Catnip allows your cat to enter a euphoric state of bliss, and it’s quite entertaining to us cat owners to watch our feline friends roll around and frolic when they’re “high” on catnip. But did you know that catnip has healing properties as well? If your cat is struggling with dry or itchy skink catnip can also be used to give a ‘tea bath’ that can help soothe damaged skin.

A beautiful show of catmint in full bloom

Mint, Specifically “Catmint”

Cats are naturally drawn to this popular herb, but it’s important to steer away from spearmint or peppermint when looking to plant this cat-friendly plant in or around your home. It’s should be noted that cats are purrticularly drawn to the smell of this plant, so it might make for messy clean up when they choose to roll around in catmint rather than eat it.

Catmint is a hardy mint plant that takes very little care to grow successfully. If you worry that caring for plants isn’t your thing, we assure you that just about anyone can grown catmint with ease. Cats are naturally drawn to it, and it’s also rather pretty to look at given the lovely purple flowers. Most catmint varieties have a somewhat sprawling growth habit, making them nice plants for edging and along paths.

Wheatgrass

There are numerous benefits of wheatgrass for humans, but it turns out that cats can reap the benefits of this superfood, too! Although your feline is a obligate carnivore, wheatgrass can be beneficial to their health in a number of ways.

A few ways wheatgrass can benefit your cat:

Promotes digestive health: The fiber in wheatgrass can stimulate their body’s digestive process.

Stimulates regurgitation: Cats lack the enzyme needed to breakdown wheatgrass, so they might look to this cat-friendly plant to help them eliminate a hairball or something else indigestible in their system.

Serves as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, E and B, specifically.

Valerian

While humans rely on valerian to get a good night’s sleep, the opposite is true for cats. This cat-friendly plant serves as a stimulant and can transform even the laziest of kitties into a cuckoo cat that’s ready to play! Best of all, cats actually enjoy nibbling on this plant so it’s the purrfect cat-friendly plant!

Licorice Root

This cat-friendly plant tastes scrumptious to your kitty and is even good for them, too. But there’s more to it, cat lovers! Licorice root acts as a natural cortisone which can soothe an itchy kitty who suffers from allergies, and it also hosts a number of other benefits as well. Some of which include: easing their endocrine system, aiding in digestion, and calming respiratory issues as it soothes mucus membranes. It can also be used to ease complications of arthritis for cats who are affected by this uncomfortable condition.

Cat Thyme

Kitties will gravitate towards this cat-friendly plant, and some cats even purrfer it over catnip! And more so, some cats that do not respond to catnip (as we mentioned above) may respond to cat thyme instead. Cat thyme has the same soothing effects as catnip, with the attendant feelings of contentment. Keep in mind that cat thyme is a slow-growing plant. So try to plant a few pots should you want to spoil your kitty with some natural remedies.

Lemongrass

Not only does this plant smell great, but your cats will love it, too. Lemongrass is a fairly safe treat for cats and has catnip-like effects. However, lemongrass essential oils are a completely different story and should be kept away from your cat’s reach. In its natural form, lemongrass poses very little threat to felines when consumed in tiny quantities.

Whether you choose to plant your lemongrass indoors or outdoors is entirely up to you. Your cat will likely enjoy a nibble or two of this delightfully fragrant plant, whether it’s planted inside or out.

Curious which common flowers are safe for cats?

Feel free to have bouquets of roses, zinnias, gerber daisies, sunflowers, roses or snapdragons in your home. But definitely steer clear of tulips, carnations, daffodils, and especially lilies. If you think your cat has come in contact with any of the dangerous ones from above, seek veterinary attention immediately!

REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!

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Written by Modi Ramos

Crazy cat lady since birth and lover of all things feline. Owner of CattitudeDaily and former Editor of iHeartCats. Meow!

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