Keeping your indoor cat healthy and happy doesn’t only mean providing them with proper care and nutrition, but it would also mean in keeping their environment enriched and natural. With a bit of creativity, you can keep your feline friend interested and stimulated by bringing the outdoors inside by creating an indoor herb cat garden.
Indoor cat gardens would fit in any space in your house and very affordable to cat owners. To make your own cat garden, you should first make some research about what to and not to include in your cat garden. Today, we’re going to show you how to make your cat’s own herb garden.
Avoid Plants that are Toxic to Cats
Before you buy plants for your cat, you should first make a list of plants that could be toxic to your pet’s health. While making a list, you can leave out the plants that contain calcium oxalate as they are not toxic and doesn’t cause real threat. Plants like the peace lily, Chinese evergreen, pothos, and philodendron contains calcium oxalate crystals, you can exclude these plants from your “Not to Grow List”.
The kind of plants that can be toxic to your feline friend are tiger lilies, sago palms, daffodils, flame lilies, azaleas, cyclamens, chamomile, comfrey, chives, foxglove, and oleanders You can search for more plants that can be toxic to your pets.
Grow Plants that Your Cat could Nibble
Some cats love to bite and play with plants, while some like to eat them, but usually, they would only eat grass and a lot of cat owners knows about these things. Planting a plant that you cat could nibble on would be very easy if you place it on a window, this way the plant could get enough sunshine to grow healthily and provides a good garden for your cat.
Here are some herbal plants that you can grow in your cat’s indoor herbal garden:
Catnips got their names because cats love to nip this plant, in fact, it’s kind of like an addicting drug to them. If you ever consider planting a lot of catnips in your backyard, then you’ll have to brace yourself as you’ll be expecting a lot of cat visitors. This is because catnips have a very attractive smell and cats around your area would smell it, and they would be tempted to go to your backyard.
This edible herbal plant contains a compound that acts like a cat attractant called Nepetalactone.
Cat grass is a combination of grasses, such as wheat, rye, oat, orchard, and barley. These are the types of grasses that your cat loves to gnaw and nibble on. You can grow these grasses together in a large and wide container or into some window boxes. Just simply put some soil in the container and plant the seeds or grown grass on the soil.
If you want to grow a mint plant for your cat, then you should consider growing a catmint plant rather than the regular mint plants like peppermint and spearmint. Most mint plants contain essential oils that could cause a negative effect if consumed in high amounts.
Garden mints could cause gastrointestinal upset in your cat if they eat too much of it, and if your cat is hypersensitive, the mint plant may also cause skin irritation. Therefore, make sure that you are planting catmint and not the usual garden mint plant.
Lemongrass is a type of medicinal and exotic culinary herb, it releases a very fresh lemon scent when crushed or nibbled on. Planting a bit of lemongrass in your small indoor herb garden could make your cat interested in it by smelling and biting on it. Some people even said that this plant can help repel mosquitos, so this is a great addition in your indoor herbal garden for cats.
This plant looks quite similar to regular thyme, some cat parents might not like the plant’s musty odor but growing it for your cat would be a good choice. You can simply plant it in a wide container or pot and place it near a windowsill to grow healthily.
Choosing a Planter for the Herbs
Since you are planning on making an indoor plant for your cat, you should consider growing plants in a very wide container where your cat could sit or lay on too. You could also grow plants on a pot, but this would only allow your kitties to nip and smell on the plants. It would be much better for them if they could at least lay on a small patch of grass.
Since most cats don’t like taking a bath, making a herbal garden for them could be a great alternative as they would come to you smelling fresh and pleasant. Creating their very own herb garden would allow them to rub and roll their bodies onto the grass or plants you made for them. Make sure to add some herbal plants that your cat would surely love so that they could nip and chew on them as well. This way you can keep your cat active, stimulated, happy, and healthy.