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MARCH 23, 2016

5 plants you & your cat will love this spring

Spring has sprung: the sun is shining and you're spending more time outdoors...maybe even with your frisky feline! Even if you only have a small indoor garden, here are 5 plants that will add cheer to your home and are beneficial for your cats to nibble on!

1. Lemongrass

Cats AND humans love lemongrass. It's fresh, citrusy aroma is widely used in Asian cuisine but can also add flavor to teas and soups. For kitties, it has effects similar to catnip. Just be sure to not let your feline have lemongrass essential oil as it can be toxic!

2. Thyme

Thyme can be easily grown in a sunny windowsill and this herb has beneficial properties for both cats and their owners. "Thymol" is the herb's active ingredient that can help treat certain worm parasites, improve the cat's digestive health, and prevent hairballs. Thyme has many antibacterial properties, making it great for treating acne, lowering blood pressure, and building your immune system's strength. For human consumption, thyme can spice up any roast, egg scramble, or spread. Check out this scrumptious garlic thyme butter recipe!

3. Mint

Simply put, who doesn't love mint? This plant is a member of the catnip family so cats love to nibble on the flavorful leaves - just don't let them eat a whole bunch as it may cause an upset stomach! Mint is incredibly easy to grow in any garden. For a great way to relax at the end of the day, crush up some fresh mint leaves and use the oils on a washcloth to gently exfoliate.

4. Wheat Grass

Is this the green thing you dread at Jamba Juice? While cats are natural carnivores, nibbling or eating delicious plants helps with their digestion and aids with ridding toxins out of the body. You may notice, to your dismay, your kitty regurgitating this grass once eaten. Don't fret - this is just their way of cleaning out their system! For humans, wheat grass is an amazing superfood loaded with antioxidants. It can give you a great start to your morning as a shot of juice!

5. Lavender

Lavender, in our humble opinion, is the queen of relaxation. It can act as a mild sedative if a cat nibbles on its leaves or flowers. We recommend picking some fresh lavender stems, crushing them up, and displaying them in a bowl. When you need a moment of relaxation, take a pinch of the crushed lavender and inhale the wonderful smell it emits. You'll probably have some leftover lavender oil on your skin after doing so, too!

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