5 Cat-Friendly Plants to Add to Your Garden

With spring in full swing and yesterday being Earth Day, it’s a great time to talk about what’s growing in your garden – or even just how to grow a garden. Your own garden is amazing to have, especially since you get to grow your own herbs and even maybe some fruits and vegetables – talk about organic! As a cat owner, it’s also very important to know which plants are okay to be growing around your cat, after all, not all plants are created equally, and your cat could possibly be allergic to certain plants. Which ones are okay and which ones are not?

Here are 5 cat-friendly plants you can add to your garden:

– Wheat grass

Wheat grass is almost as much of a cat garden staple as catnip.

– Strawberries

Nothing says summer better than a bright red, juicy strawberry! Why not give summer an early nudge by growing these bad boys. Strawberries are to be fed to your cat only as an occasional treat – they offer the same “fun” factor as other plants. Strawberries contain antioxidants, chemicals that aid in the removal of toxins from the body.

– Roses

Aside from how gorgeous they look, roses also contain a good portion of vitamin C. Vitamin C isn’t usually a necessary supplement for cats – and too much can cause urinary tract issues  – but a small amount every once in a while can actually help combat urinary tract infections as well as boost your cat’s immune system.

– Pumpkins

Aside from being a fun and entertaining thing to bat around, pumpkin pulp is great for settling stomach issues.

–  Valerian

Cats adore catnip for the most part – that is, unless you’re one of the 20 to 30% of cats that don’t respond to catnip. Can’t do catnip? That means it’s time to use valerian. This herb, known in humans for its calming effects (it’s actually sold as an herbal over-the-counter sleep aid in most places), can provide the same ecstatic, off-the-wall high that catnip provides, with an added stench or aroma that tends to smell a little like dirty sweat socks.

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