This post was written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
Every cat loves a little adventure. If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably already found some paw prints in the soil around your potted flowers. You know what you want to plant and eat or pick for a bouquet, but how do you include your feline friends? Whether you’re still harvesting your end of the season produce or planning next season’s garden, Rover.com has a few ideas to make your garden experience cat-friendly.
Design a Cat-size Park
If your cat has already found his way into your garden and made it his litter box, it’s time to enclose your own gardening space so he can’t get in. However, you can still appease your cat’s gardening curiosities by creating an alternative cat-size park and playground!
Consider your cat’s favorite activities. Is she a climber? Build or buy steps and shelves that your kitty can climb to oversee the garden. Does he love a hiding place to nap? Include empty flower pots or apple crates in your design and add carpet for a cozy nap getaway. Will she love something to scratch? Incorporate a scratching post or several wood crates for your kitty to dig her claw into. Some cats will be mesmerized by a water feature that doubles as his outside water bowl. Be sure to set-up your kitty park space under an overhang or create a partial roof for retreat from the hot sun or those rainy day adventures. Don’t forget to include a few of your cat’s favorite waterproof toys, and this park space is ready for playtime!
Plan for Cat-friendly Plants
Create a special kitty section to your garden or to your cat’s playground area with plants your cat will love. Catnip is the obvious choice which relieves kitty stress. Your cat can nibble or roll around in the catnip all day long. Cat thyme is an alternative if your cat doesn’t respond to catnip. It does have a strong odor but provides hours of contentment to your kitty. Licorice root is cat-friendly and has natural anti-inflammatory properties for cats with arthritis. It can also comfort cats with digestive problems and some allergies. Chamomile and echinacea are also recommended plant options loved by both cats and humans! Try out a variety of plant options to see what your kitty responds to, and be sure to avoid using harsh chemicals in your garden that may be toxic to your feline friends.
If your cat is indoor-only, any of these ideas can be adapted for an indoor garden experience. As you enjoy the way your garden grows, your feline friends don’t have to be left out!
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