Do you keep your cat indoors? If so, that’s great! Kitties are very small, and are quite vulnerable to the dangers posed by traffic, wild animals, stray cats, weather, fires, and other hazards. That said, our feline friends do benefit from the entertainment and stimulation they get from going outdoors. Why not give Fluffy the best of both worlds by creating a kitty garden? A local La Mesa, CA vet offers tips on how to do that below.
If you have a screened-in porch or patio, you’ve already got a perfect spot for Fluffy’s kitty garden. Otherwise, a spare room, sunroom, or even a sunny corner will do. If possible, choose a spot with windows that offer an interesting view.
Include lots of fresh herbs for Fluffy. (Bonus: you’ll also have fresh ingredients for cooking!) Some good options are mint, lemon balm, lemongrass, lavender, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Of course, you’ll also need to grow some catnip for your feline pal.
Potted trees can really make your home look cozy and inviting. They’re also great at filtering the air! Ponytail palms, Money trees, Rubber trees, Areca palms, and Parlor palms are all safe for kitties.
Many beautiful houseplants are also fine. Spider plants are very popular with cats. Boston ferns are another good choice. Staghorn ferns, Sword ferns, Prayer plants, and calathias are also great options. If you want to add a pop of color, include African violets, begonias, zinnias, sunflowers, and/or carnations.
Keep Fluffy in mind when arranging flowerpots. Put heavy pots on the ground, so she can’t knock them over.
Pet stores now sell many different cat grasses, such as alfalfa grass and oat grass. Plant some in a shallow storage tote or an old litterbox, and grow Fluffy her own little lawn to lounge about on. Instant happy cat!
Always double-check to make sure plants are safe for your kitty. This is just a partial list of options. You’ll find many more at the ASPCA site here.
Set out some pieces of pet furniture, like kitty beds and cat towers. Also, put out a comfy chair for yourself. You may find this becomes one of your favorite spots in the house!
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