Cats are generally gnawing, scratching or pawing in nature and houseplants are sometimes at risk of these nature. Surprisingly, there are houseplants which are appealing to cats, with attractive aromas and health benefits.
We have listed some of the best plants that you can grow, without ever worrying about the effects it will give to your cats.
The catnip is thought to originate from the intense attraction of cats have towards them. The active ingredient nepetalactone is an essential oil which alters the behavior of domestic and other cat species. Common behaviors of cats include sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, followed by the chin, cheek, and body rubbing. Additional responses may include drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about, and purring. Some growl, meow, scratch, or bite at the hand holding it.
2. Cat Grass
The grass is named as Cat Grass and known to satisfy the craving of domestic cats to chew grass. It is good for digestion and helps resolve hairballs and providing nutrients similar to pet foods.
A mild stimulant and is a favorite to have around for cats. It is safe for cats and has catnip-like effects, a nibble-friendly patch of lemongrass is a safe cat treat.
Similar to catnip, it has a calming effect on cats and will likely to fall asleep. This herb also has a calming effect and provides sleep aid to humans.
5. Cat Thyme
It has oval leaves, broader at the base, downy beneath, with uncut margins. Some, but not all cats prefer it to catnip and will corkscrew themselves into the plant in ecstasy.
6. Licorice Root
This plant has anti-inflammatory which can soothe an arthritic animal and promotes liver health and digestive issues. Cats love the taste of this familiar root which happens to be very good for their health.
Cats love the smell of mint and mint plants are easy and productive growers. Peppermint may cause an upset tummy in cats if eaten in large amounts.
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