Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cat Safe Gardening

by Karen Rose Smith


Every year when I plan my herb and flower gardens, I consult the list I've made over the years for cat-safe plants.  We have two stray outside/inside felines who make their home in our yard and basement.  Bonnie and Clyde have been coming for three years but still aren't socialized.  With five inside cats, we have let Bonnie and Clyde grace us with their presence on their terms, and that works.



Remember to use mulch that isn't dyed.  Pennsylvania has a law against toxins in mulch but you have to watch for caffeine too!




When I began looking for cat-safe plants, websites were confusing.  One website would list a flower or plant as toxic to cats and another would not!  I began to realize I had to consult more than one site as well as a friend with a Masters in herb therapy to grow my list.  If I consider planting something new, I search the name of the plant and "cat safe" before I decide to purchase it.  The ASPCA keeps a list of toxic plants on their website and I regularly consult that. ASPCA Cat safe plants  Here in Pennsylvania, this is the list of pet-safe herbs and flowers that I've developed:


HERBS

Basil
Catnip
Catgrass
Bee Balm
Catmint
Chamomile
Dill
Lavender
Parsley
Sage
Thyme


PLANTS

Petunias
Snapdragons
Zinnias
Roses
Coneflowers
Carnations
Sunflowers
Cosmos
Phlox
Coral Bells


You can have a cat safe garden that is beautiful, refreshing and fit for you and your outside felines.







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