Have you ever caught your cat nibbling on a houseplant? If so, you’re not the only one! Kitties are carnivores by nature, but that doesn’t mean Fluffy won’t seize the opportunity to chew on some greenery if she can. In fact, cats love plants! If you have a sunroom or patio, why not make your pet a kitty garden? A Rochester, NY vet offers tips on how to do that in this article.
Fluffy’s Plant Obsession
As mentioned above, many kitties like to munch on houseplants. Many of our feline pals also enjoy peeking out at their owners from behind green leaves, and pretending to be ferocious hunters! Of course, there are many reasons to have plants, aside from offering your frisky feline a convenient hiding place. Plants help filter your air, which can really help defeat litterbox odors. They also add a lovely green touch to any home or office.
Choosing Safe Plants
Many popular plants are toxic to cats. For instance, lilies, azaleas, rhododendrons, and tulips are all poisonous to Fluffy. Carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, and peonies are also unsafe. Some can make your feline friend sick after very light contact! Check the ASPCA website for a full list of both safe and unsafe plants. Better safe than sorry!
Kitty’s Favorite Plants
We probably don’t have to tell you what Fluffy’s favorite plant is: catnip! Cat grass, or wheat grass, is another plant that is both safe and beneficial to kitties. These are both wonderful choices for kitty gardens. Spider plants are another great option. (Note: spider plants are safe for Fluffy, but they may not be safe from her. Many cats love attacking and eating them!) Some other safe plants are Rubber plants, African violets, Boston ferns, Ponytail and Areca palms, Cast Iron plants, and Money plants. Many types of succulents are also fine.
When setting up your furry pal’s garden, keep in mind that cats like to, well, knock things over. Make sure to keep heavy pots on the floor, where your cat can’t push them down. Smaller plants should be kept in sturdy containers. If possible, add plants near Fluffy’s litterbox, bedding, and furniture. This will really give your kitty a taste of the outdoors, and keep that little motor going.
Please contact us, your Rochester, NY animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!