Monday, May 21, 2012

Cats, Flowers, and Cat-Friendly Gardens

I first posted this last year, but it's that time of year again (okay, maybe a little after most of the planting has been done, but still useful!) So here's a repost of pet-friendly garden plants!

If you're like me, you've got a cat (and it seems like a very large number of my writer friends have felines to 'help' them type.)  And if you're like me, you like flowers.  And if your cat is actually a cat, it probably tries to eat your flowers when you have them.

I did a little research, what with it being spring and all, and looked up some cat-non-toxic flowers.  I've included a couple of links if you'd like a wider variety.  Both links also include a "toxic" list.  Always keep an eye on your cat when you introduce a new plant, just in case they've got an allergy, but these flowers won't warrant an emergency vet call if they 'mysteriously' disappear.

Non-toxic plants for cats:
Dahlias, Gerbera Daisies, lavender (not blooming, but it's a good time to plant,) most herbs (including rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, cress, dill, and of course catnip,) begonias, celosia, aster, roses, orchids, pansies, impatients, and zinnia

ASPCA toxic/nontoxic flower list: (also lists for dogs and horses)
Edit: I had another link, but it was broken. So here's a different one: Jennifer Copley's lists of plants that are and are not safe for cats.

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