LAVENDER FOR CATS (Lavandula angustifolia)

The beautiful, light purple flowers of the lavender plant shouldn't harm your kitty.

The beautiful, light purple flowers of the lavender

plant shouldn’t harm your kitty.

DISCOVER LAVENDER FOR CATS

HOW DO CATS GET HIGH?

Why Do Cats Love To Snuggle Up To A Lavender Plant?

I was in my garden weeding when I noticed the fluffy Orange cat out of the corner of my eye. Something about the way the cat approached the flower bed seemed stealth-like. She cased out the landscape as she sat on the curb.

Cats go crazy for the catnip so now I understand why cats in our neighbourhood can’t resist my Lavender garden. English Lavender.

This feline tiptoed into the flower bed and then plopped herself down in the middle of my English Lavender and I watched in wonder.

She stepped out back out back on the warm and stretched out for a little relaxation.

A few minutes passed, and the cat began rolling around in the Lavender in a very playful manner.

That’s when I remembered, Lavender belongs to the mint family. Another member of this extensive family is ‘catnip’. Catnip’s latin name is Naperto Cataria, Catnip, a herbaceous perennial, periodically dies back to the ground  and the returns growth from the root structure, Marijuana is a distant cousin to catnip.

The Creature walked slowly and quietly toward the flower bed with my blooming Lavender plant.

For an easy way to protect your cats against bugs, you can use catnip, along with Lavender, and make some bug repellent sachets/pillows. Combine dried catnip and dried lavender and use that mixture to stuff sachet/bags and put them in your closet and drawers for a much more natural and pleasant way to keep moths and bug away.

Catnip is an amazing plant for your stomach, your cat, your skin, and your clothes will thank you for growing and using it.

Lavender seems to everywhere – in the kitchen cabinets, soaps and sachets, herb gardens and even medicine chests. Humans just cannot seem to get enough of this beautiful, aromatic plant. But does lavender pose a threat to our beloved felines? Reliable authorities indicate that lavender, in moderation, is safe.

Non-Toxic

Lavender is beautiful and smells wonderful. Many people love to keep lavender around the house and use products that contain lavender flowers or lavender oil. Cats, too, have a fondness for aromatic plants that are tasty and may be drawn to a fragrant herb such as lavender. The ASPCA and Animal Planet do not include lavender on their lists of plants and herbs that are potentially poisonous to cats, meaning a lavender plant in your garden or home poses no danger.

Moderation

Moderation is the key when it comes to cats consuming lavender. The ASPCA suggests that “nibbles” are fine, but it’s best your cat not eat too much lavender, or any herb for that matter. Over-consumption has the potential to cause gastrointestinal problems and other complications. A good rule of thumb is to check with a vet or reliable animal organization before introducing any new plant, herb or food into your cat’s diet.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil, which is found in some cat litter and cat toys, is also generally safe when added to products designed for your cat. It is important to always check with a vet, however, if you are thinking of using concentrated lavender oil for aromatherapy or some other purpose. The ingestion of lavender oil can be slightly risky, so be sure to consult a reliable professional first!

Sedative Properties

As the University of Maryland and the Huffington Post report, lavender has been used with cats and dogs, as well as humans, as a calming agent or sedative. Again, though, be sure to seek advice from your vet about this use for lavender before purchasing new products, particularly if these products claim to be medicinal.

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