If you have an indoor cat you probably know by now that having plants inside the house is normally not a good idea, because lil’meow or miss Sunshine find it delightful to gnaw, scratch and paw at the various houseplants often resulting in your expensive, exotic plant to be destroyed. It might be the scent, curiosity or just plain boredom; instead of seeing your plant suffer the fate of the curious claw, rather plant one of the following 7 plants that our cats love and you’ll enjoy.

The first and easiest winner will be Cat Nip, probably the most famous of plants for your cats and rightfully so. This plant not only looks nice in an indoor apartment setting but also offers the added bonus to capture the cutest Youtube videos of your feline companion high as a kite! Growing catnip is incredibly easy and you can get the seeds online or at your nearest nursery. It should be noted that this plants due to its potent drug like effect on cats should rather be grown outside of paw’s reach and the leaves harvested as a treat every so often. Although its intoxicating effects only affect about 50% of cats, those who love it are sure to let you know.

Cat thymeThe second plant is Cat Thyme. There’s a wide variety of Thymes of course, but we will be focusing on a very specific variety of thyme – cat thyme – which is a favourite of felines (be warned, says petMD – cat thyme has a particularly strong and some say, unpleasant, odor to us humans). “Cat thyme has the same soothing effects as catnip, with the attendant feelings of contentment…” says petMD.  The other added bonus is that you can always use some in your food as well. So there’s a plant that not only appeals to cats and is easy to grow, but also offers the possibility to be used in your human food.

cat grass wheat grass oat grass cock's footAnother favourite is Cat grass and it refers to any number of cat-friendly grasses, including wheat, oat and barley grasses. Although these grasses are not stimulants like catnip, cats are drawn to occasionally eat small amounts. Good for digestion, an aid in resolving hairballs and providing nutrients less common in pet foods; cat grass is an easy and attractive way to support kitty health. We have grown Super Grass in the flat before and it was quite the hit with Meow Meow and Bubbles. If you want to try it out we have written an extensive guide on how to grow your own super grass here

Valerian Cat PlantValerian is also a very well known cat favourite. Its clustered white flowers will attract pollinators to the yard and its root is sometimes employed as a calmative and sleep aid in humans, but this pungent plant is also a stimulant for cats and triggers a response similar to that of catnip. Although valerian is sometimes used in perfumes, some find the odor objectionable.

lemon grassThen last but not least is Lemon Grass, it’s a mild stimulant that offer the same effects of some of the other cat-appropriated grasses. This grass is easy to grow indoors and this is one plant whose smell is liked by humans and cats alike. In fact, some cat owners even say that their cats prefer this plant to any other. Another added bonus is that the plant itself is quite healthful offering a host of benefits. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic, diuretic, sedative, and digestion-improving properties!

Some other honourable mentions that we thought are worth your time:

Licorice Root – Cats love the taste of this familiar root, but it also happens to be very good for their health. An anti-inflammatory, licorice root can sooth an arthritic animal, promotes liver health and can help resolve digestive issues.

Mint – Cats love the smell of mint and mint plants are easy and prolific growers, making it a popular choice when feline destruction is at hand. Cats are more likely to sniff and roll around in mint than eat it, but peppermint may cause an upset tummy in cats if eaten in large amounts.

Honeysuckle – A relatively small number of cats, about 30%, will respond to honeysuckle in much the same way as other cats will respond to catnip. To see if your cat is sensitive to it, give them a sniff of honeysuckle toys. It makes a lovely scented vine for humans as well. Note that the seeds are not recommended for cats and can be poisonous. It is not reported to be deadly but keep the seeds away from cats that eat everything!

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