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What are the right plants for my cat?

What are the right plants for my cat?

Cats are pets very appreciated by the French. You should know that 27% of households have a cat. This animal is far from fragile and rather independent. However, it is our duty to take care of it, in particular by providing them with plants so that it can purge itself. What plants to choose in the house? What plants to choose in the garden? Are there plants dangerous for cats? Here are some answers.

Why do cats need plants?

To answer this question, we simply contacted our veterinarian. He explained to us that in the nutritional diet of cats, there was little fiber. This is why our felines needed to eat plants or grass. These plants help cats purge themselves and remove hairballs from their body. Outside, the cat will naturally turn to the grass. It is rare for it to attack the plants in your beds. On the other hand, indoor cats like those who have little access to the outside will attack all the plants in the house, toxic or not.

Which plants are good for cats?

If you want to ensure the well-being of your cat, you must choose the right plants. Two families of plants are to be preferred. These are grasses and aromatic plants. For your cat, you can therefore turn to wheat, barley, oats, thyme, sage, lemon balm or even valerian. Cats also like heather. All these plants are to be preferred indoors and outdoors. If you are concerned that your cat will attack your decorative plants, place the plant next to the space where it is sleeping.

Which plants are to be avoided?

If cats do not have plants at their disposal, they will devour those they find. Some plants can be very toxic! This is the case of Dieffenbachia, Chlorophytum, Ficus or even Yucca. In the garden, the plants which represent a danger for cats are the lily, the azalea, the rhododendron, the ivy, the fern, the jasmine, the tulips or even the daffodils. Tobacco or shallots are very harmful to cats!

Advice from a pro

It was at Maxi Zoo, a pet store, that we had many tips to avoid possible poisoning. Indeed, by talking to a seller, we learned that to keep a cat away from a poisonous plant, it is enough to mist the plant with lemon water or water mixed with vinegar. The cat must also have a space of his own in the garden, it must be less maintained with taller grasses, a natural scraper and a high observation point. Finally, note that catnip is available in all pet stores and garden centers. This herb is ideal for their body. Fragrant, cats love it!