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Cats make great gardening companions. Not only do they love basking in a sunny spot on the patio, chasing butterflies and bees, they can also be partial to a nice bit of gnawing on their favourite plant. Here are some of the best plants to grow for your cat’s personal pleasure (just mind they don’t use your freshly dug holes for doing their business in like Simon’s Cat!):

Cat Mint
This is the plant most likely to be mangled by your pleasure-seeking puss as they love to roll around in it and sniff the scent of this tasty herb. To make sure some of your mint survives being trampled by your happy cat, grow some in pots, out of their reach!

Catnip
Probably the most well-known plant to give your cat a euphoric five minutes, catnip is easy to grow outside and you can also dry the leaves and stuff homemade cat toys if you’re the crafty type.

Lemongrass
You might not think it, but this fragrant herb really appeals to cats. They love to have a good sniff as they walk by, and have been known to have a nibble here and there.

Cat Grass
If you’ve got an indoor kitty, then cat grass is a good alternative as it grows well in pots and is happy living inside. Cat grass is a doddle to grow from seed and easy to maintain for the less green-fingered amongst you. Your cat will love it too, as a regular chew on the leaves helps aid digestion.

Valerian
With similar effects on cats to catnip, Valerian root acts as a mild stimulant which cats react to with glee. Easy to grow (it reseeds itself every year if you don’t cut back the vanilla-fragranced flowers), just pull out the roots and hang them up to dry

Pennyroyal
Another bushy plant that appeals to kitties, although they have to be careful as it can be toxic. So what’s so good about it? It acts as a natural flea repellant!

Here is a photo of Simon's cats Teddy and Maisy relaxing after enjoying the catmint in his garden.

 

 

What plants do your cats like?

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Posted by
Fluffynotfatcat

My cat sat on the cat grass and then it died.

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Posted by
epzilon

My cats adore peppermint tea so I really need to hide used teabags from them. I never tried giving them fresh mint leaves though...

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Posted by
Toothless Cat

Cute!! My cat love my mom's plant. But I don't know what it plant's name..

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Posted by
Monicat3

jajaja!

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Posted by
Meryl

My cats love the bog bean plant in the pond, where it trails out of the water they chew it and rub against it, I'm hoping it's not harmful.. they seem fine.

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Posted by
La Lily

My cats love the grass growing in my balcony... I always scare of they falling down when they eat it!

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Posted by
justnappin552

awwww,,,

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Posted by
jaysnow501

Cute!!!

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Posted by
Alauda

> I'm disappointed, they ('ethnoplants') said it was easy to cultivate and I seeded on a good biodynamic day in new, bought, earth. Somebody has a council?

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Posted by
Alauda

I bought some very expensive nepeta cataria seeds via the Internet a month ago, but nothing (just one little feeble pair of seedleaves - but from which plant?) appears. >

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