Creating Your Own Indoor Cat Garden February 24 2017

If you are like millions of others who have decided to keep your cat inside, an indoor cat garden is a great idea! Not only will it satisfy your cat's natural instincts and curiosity, it has many great health benefits as well.

Cats don't always know what types of plants or herbs they should or should not be munching on, so it's your job to provide them with cat-safe options. 

 

First off, start by buying various sized planter pots. Smaller pots tend to be the better option, that way your cat can still reach the grass and herbs but won't be able to sit in them and make a mess. As the saying goes...if they fits, they sits!

 

Next, you will need a medium or large bag of garden soil depending on how many pots you want to fill. Buying organic soil without any added pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers is your safest bet. 

 

Once you have purchased the soil, you're all set to buy your cat grass and herbs which can be transferred into your pots. Most garden centres will carry many of the cat-safe plants you are looking for, but make sure to call in advance to see what they have before you head out. Look for these common, cat-safe plants and herbs:

  • Cat Grass (wheatgrass): this grass is filled with nutrients and is safe for your kitty to nibble on. It contains folic acid and fibre, which help aid a cat's digestion.

  • Catnip: most cat's go crazy over this stuff! The scent excites and energizes them, but if ingested can actually help them to relax and feel calm. Please note, catnip is not suitable for cat's with a history of seizures.

  • Valerian: very similar effects as catnip. Cat's love this stuff!

  • Parsley: provides an excellent source of vitamins and minerals for your cat. Allow them to munch away and get the much needed nutrients they crave.

  • Rosemary: this herb has a wonderful scent that both cats and humans love. It can also help keep fleas away if rubbed into your cat's fur. Keeping several rosemary plants around the house, is a great way to ward off those pesky buggers.

  • Rye Grass: contains similar nutrients to those found in cat grass. Some cats tend to be more drawn to the scent of Rye Grass than Wheat Grass.

  • Lemongrass: not only are cats attracted to the scent but it has great medicinal properties as well. It is antibacterial and antiparasitic, and is great for their digestion and elimination. 

  • Cat Thymeanother herb that smells wonderful and helps to energize and uplift both cats and humans. 

 

 Once you have purchased everything you need, you can start to transfer and plant your grass and herbs. Try placing them in separate spots around the house in areas that your cat already enjoys, then watch the magic happen! 

 

Be sure to monitor how your cat reacts to these plants. Some cats can be very sensitive and overconsumption can lead to an upset stomach. If you notice your cat has diarrhea or vomiting, you should limit their consumption or remove them from your home entirely.