How to Make Your Garden Cat-friendly

Best Cat Safe Flowers and Cat-Friendly Garden Ideas

Last Updated on January 11, 2022 by Real Men Sow

Gardening can offer your feline friend a sense of adventure and a safe place to hide or exercise. You can also take extra precautions to protect cats in your garden or make sure you have a designated area for your plants. 

We talked about dog-friendly gardens and how harmful chemical products can be to our favorite pets. Let’s not forget our independent and sneaky cats too! This post will give you some precautions to prevent kittens from potential harm.

Cat in the Garden

Avoid Growing the Following Flowers if You Have a Cat:

  • Lilies
  • Alliums
  • Amaryllis
  • Crocuses
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Tulips
  • Cyclamen
  • Poinsettias
  • Rhododendrons

The plants listed above are just a few from the list of plants that are toxic or are potentially dangerous for your cats. Visit the International Cat Care’s website to see the full list. 

Use Organic or Cat-friendly Weed Killers 

If your cat comes in contact with infected plants or animals, and you’ve used non-organic weed killers or slug pellets could be dangerous. This is why it’s best to go organic or pet-friendly weed killers. 

Cat Safe Plants To Grow In Your Garden

These are the plants that have natural, nontoxic euphoric effects on some cats:

  • Nepeta cataria (Catnip). 
  • Valeriana officinalis (Common valerian) 
  • Dactylis giganta (Cat grass)

Play and Privacy Area in a Cat-friendly Garden 

You can provide a space with different heights of secured logs or fence panels for your cat to climb on and scratch. You can also provide privacy and shade for your cat using shrubs and grasses. A private area with dry mulch or loose soil to make a toilet.

An Area Where Cats can’t Enter

You can keep your prowling cats away by using plants that have repellant scents like Plectranthus Caninus, rosemary and Helichrysum Italicum. Some cats may not like these herbs so you can incorporate them into your garden.

Install Cat-friendly Garden Protection

Cats are natural predators, so it’s important to take steps to protect the birds and other wildlife that visit your garden. A bell on your cat’s collar will help wildlife hear them coming. You could install a net beneath the water surface of ponds to keep fish safe and keep bird feeders out of reach and located by shrubs or trees so that birds can quickly retreat.

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