Spring is on the horizon, which means your cat may be ready to get outdoors and feel the wind in their fur once more. If your kitty enjoys a prowl around the garden, check out FirstVet Dr Jessica May’s top tips for making your outside space as safe and cat-friendly as possible.
Let’s face it, after those dreary and wet winter months, your garden may be in need of a good facelift. But before you pull on those gloves, wrestle some weeds, and start adding some colour, you’ll want to check which plants and flowers are cat-friendly.
The good news is there’s lots of choices out there – here’s an in-depth list from Cats Protection.
The classic rose is safe for cats, so feel free to plant these gorgeous blooms around your outdoor space.
Sunflowers are a safe choice to grow around your cats, so go ahead and bring a pop of sunshine into your spring garden.
Lavender is a tricky one, as it’s safe for your cat to smell, but has compounds that are toxic if eaten. If you’re unsure whether your kitty could be tempted by a nibble, keep it out of your garden.
Here’s some springtime favourites to liven up your garden in a feline-friendly way. There’s even a few picks for your herb garden:
You could also treat your cat by planting some catnip for them. Once grown, you can put it inside toys and in the house to help calm your kitty.
Alongside the colourful, cat-safe options, there’s also quite a few plants and flowers which aren’t a good choice for feline ruled households.
Cats Protection also has a long list of toxic and risky plants for cats, so take a look if you have something specific in mind.
We’re sorry to let the cat out of the bag on this one. Yep, this springtime classic is indeed toxic for cats. If you’re a daffodil lover, perhaps swap to a metal version instead?
Tulip bulbs are the most toxic part of the plant, but any part of the tulip is a risk for your kitty, so steer clear of these in your spring garden.
Daisies could be irritating to your cat and harmful if eaten in large amounts. Better to be safe than sorry and leave them out of your planting plans.
Below are just a few popular spring planting choices that could be harmful to your feline:
Happy you’ve picked some colourful yet cat-safe plants and flowers? It’s time to do a few extra bits to make your garden a friendly space for your favourite feline:
Many lawn fertilizers and weed killers have harmful chemicals for cats that could be licked up or picked up on their fur or paws. Some companies offer ‘pet safe’ options, but you’ll want to check these with your vet before using them.
To de-weed your garden in a cat-safe way, try hand weeding your lawn and pressure washing hard surfaces.
If you’re worried your cat has accidentally chewed a toxic plant or flower, speak to your vet straight away. Petsure customers have free 24/7 access to video calls with a FirstVet vet if you’re ever in need of expert advice.
To help the vet give more tailored advice:
Here’s some of the most common signs of poisoning in cats:
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