Herbs & Grass safe for your cat

During the spring we spend more and more time outside; taking a nice walk, or working in the garden. We like being surrounded by green nature, and so do cats. Even the most spoiled, lazy house cat won't miss the opportunity to sneak outside, if you leave the balcony doors open. While planting beautiful flowers on your balcony/garden, take care to put one extra pot with cat-friendly grass and your baby will be happy and grateful for the opportunity to nib some fresh and nutritious grass. I present the list of cat-safe grass and herbs that you can easily plant for your cat. In the next post I show you how to arrange a nice and green cat area for the small balcony.

Catnip

Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone. With domestic cats, catnip is used as a recreational substance for pet cats' enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. The common behaviors cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are: rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it. Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about and purring. Some growl, meow, scratch or bite at the hand holding it. The main response period after exposure is generally between five and fifteen minutes, after which olfactory fatigue usually sets in. Catnip can be also collected, dried and use as tea or to stuff handmade cat toys. It's also known as a mosquito repellent.

Wheat or Oat Grass

That's what people call the "cat grass". Grass should be kept short, around 30cm, because the taller straws are toxic for cats. One of the many benefit is that "cat grass" grows very fast, your feline can enjoy the bushy grass just with the week. Grass will help to remove loose hair from the stomach and prevent from forming hairballs.

Mint

Just like the catnip, mint comes form the same "mint family", that cats enjoy. Can be also used to make teas, as a salad ingredient or to spice up warm meals.

Carrot

Of course we mean the top the of carrot. Carrot tops are healthy herbs that your cat will definitely enjoy.

Johnny-Jump Ups

The plant, especially the flowers, contain antioxidants and are edible. They will add some life and color to you garden.

Marigold

Marigolds are a great add on to your cat garden, despite of the nice and fresh aroma, they are also safe for cats as, especially the petals, are used for the culinary purposes.

Parsley

Parsley is a great source of vitamins A, B, C, beta carotene, potassium and minerals.

Thyme

A perennial herb from the mint family. Most common variety is garden thyme with gray-green leaves and a pungent minty, light-lemon aroma. Another well-known subvariety is lemon thyme, an herb with a more pronounced lemon aroma.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock needles. The leaves are used as a flavoring in foods such as stuffings and roast lamb, pork, chicken and turkey. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia, but is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. It cat also help repelling fleas from your cat!
Cat garden can be beneficial for both: kitty and her owner. Almost all of the presented herbs and grass have use in the kitchen, the rest can be an attractive decoration to your garden. I'm sure your cat won't mind sharing a few leaves with you :)
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