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Which are cat friendly plants?

(March 9, 2010)

Keeping cat friendly plants around the house will make sure that your pet cat does not ingest other house plants that can prove hazardous for her. Many plants are known to be poisonous for cats and can result in severe allergic reactions when ingested.

Many people love to keep pets and plants in the house. However the two may not always be the perfect combination. Cats are naturally curious and tend to explore a great deal. They are even prone to chewing on unknown substances and digging out things from soil. This can prove fatal to them when there are plants around the house. There are many poisonous plants for cats that can lead to adverse side effect when consumed. Breathing problems, oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney problems and even collapse can occur after ingestion of some plants such as aloe vera, mistletoe, arrow-head vine and ivy.

All types of lilies are also very poisonous for cats and hence it is best to avoid having them around the house. Identifying cat friendly plants is very important when you have a cat around the house. You can then grow these indoors or outside in the garden so that your cat does not go exploring around other house plants that may be dangerous for her.

Catnip is a cat friendly plant that is very easy to grow. It can thrive in almost any environment and spreads very quickly. Therefore it is advisable to confine the plant into a pot. Growing this plant does not require much care and it can be kept either indoors or outdoors. When placed outside, it also serves to naturally repel pests, thereby protecting other surrounding plants. Cats are very attracted to the scent of crushed catnip leaves and often roll around in a patch of catnip in order to crush the leaves. Cats also enjoy fresh valerian due to its mild sedative properties. Cat grass is another cat friendly plant that grows quickly. Cats find oat grass very appealing, although they enjoy wheat and other kinds of grass as well. You can either grow separate patches of these grasses or purchase a cat grass mix at a local pet supply store. Other examples of cat-safe plants are alyssum, bamboo, catbrier, dahlia, forget-me-not, heliotrope, nasturtium, petunia, rose, sunflower, sword fern and zinnia. Herbs that are cat-friendly include basil, chamomile, coriander, lavender, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Submitted by A on March 9, 2010 at 11:28


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