Did you know that National Cat Day is coming up October 29th? While our feline friends deserve to be loved, cuddled, and spoiled every day, this is a great chance to show your kitty some extra TLC. One way to activate the purr is to make your furry pal her own kitty garden. A local Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on how to do that in this article.


It’s no secret what Fluffy’s favorite herb is: catnip! Grow your own, or buy little pots at local pet stores. Parsley, rosemary, and dill are also safe, as is lavender.


Adding plants to your home will help give your house a green, natural feeling. It will also keep your place smelling fresh and clean. Plus, plants will give your kitty a taste of outdoors, while she stays safe and sound inside. Some good options are Spider plants, Boston ferns, and Cast Iron plants. African violets are another good choice: these pretty, colorful plants are also very easy to grow. Many types of orchids, including Moth orchids, are also safe. You can find a complete list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website.


Many kinds of succulents, including Chickens and Hens, echeveria plants, Painted Lady plants, and jade plants are all safe for kitties. These are also a wonderful choice for people with brown thumbs!

Potted Trees

Potted trees can be great fun for frisky felines! Fluffy often loves to hide behind them, and playfully dash out at her owners as they walk past. Many palms, including Ponytail and Areca palms, are safe for our furry pals. Rubber trees are also fine. Be sure to check the ASPCA site for more.


Many of our feline friends absolutely love cat grass. You can buy or grow small containers, or even plant it as a mat for your furball to sprawl out on. Lemongrass is also safe for Fluffy, and will keep your home smelling nice and fresh.


Choosing plants that are safe for your cat is only half the battle. Just be careful with how you lay them out. If your kitty likes to nibble on plants, choose containers that she can’t knock over.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your local Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!