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Creating A Kitty Garden

Did you know that keeping your cat inside is one of the best things you can do for her? Kitties face some very serious dangers outdoors, such as cars, predators, and weather. However, indoor cats can still enjoy a little taste of the Great Outdoors. Why not make Fluffy a kitty garden? A Loma Linda, CA vet offers tips on how to do that below.

Benefits

A kitty garden is actually good for your feline friend in several ways. Fluffy loves being able to sniff green leaves! This offers her mental stimulation. Kitties also enjoy peeking out from behind foliage and pretending they are, well, bigger. Plus, plants filter the air, keeping your home looking and smelling fresh!

Choosing A Spot

A screened-in porch or patio can make a great spot for Fluffy’s garden. You can also use a spare bedroom or sunroom, or just spread things out around the house. If you have a yard, you may even want to consider building a screened in enclosure for your kitty.

Arranging Plants

Kitties are quite frisky, especially when they are young. Keep this in mind when setting plants out. Keep heavier pots on the floor or on sturdy bases, so your furball can’t accidentally knock them over onto herself. And while a windowsill can be a perfect spot for growing herbs, they’re also one of Fluffy’s favorite lookouts. If your furry friend has to navigate around plants to reach the window, well, your plants may not fare very well.

Choosing Plants

Only choose plants that are safe for Fluffy. Catnip, of course, will probably be your pet’s #1 choice. You can also include cat grass, or wheat grass. Many herbs, such as thyme, parsley, rosemary, and lemongrass, are also safe. Certain palms, such as Areca palms and Ponytail palms, are fine as well. You can find a full list of both safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Tips For Bad Gardeners

Do you have a brown thumb? Opt for plants that are easy to care for. African violets are a safe choice. Spider plants, Rubber tree plants, and Money plants are more good options. Boston ferns are hardy, though they are rather thirsty. You can also use certain succulents, such as some echeverias.

Please contact us, your Loma Linda, CA vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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