Feeding fresh herbs to your cat can be a tricky business. While your cat might seem like she’s fine snacking on all sorts of greenery, there’s a very long and very precise list about what plants in general cats can and cannot safely ingest.
Ahead of August 29 being officially known as More Herbs, Less Salt Day, let’s dig into the field of five cat safe herbs that you can feed to your cat without worrying.
You might have come across valerian at your local health food store. In either tea or supplement form, the exceptionally stinky herb is meant to help us humans relax and sleep better.
When it comes to finicky felines, the opposite effect is true and valerian becomes a stimulant.
You might shy away from adding wheatgrass to your smoothies or juices due to its overly-earthy taste, but cats love to chow down on fresh wheatgrass leaves. You can buy wheatgrass plants cheaply from your local farmers market — just leave the plant out and let your cat enjoy its digestive benefits.
The most classic cat safe herb of all is catnip. Pick up a fresh catnip plant and leave it out for your cat to snack on. When eaten, catnip acts like a sedative in cats — which can be why some people say it causes cats to get high.
Alternatively, if you serve up some dried catnip and your cat decides to sniff it, she’ll go into more of a fun and crazy state of mind.
4. Cat Thyme
Warning: Cat Thyme comes with a very distinctive smell that many humans find totally off-putting. If you can tolerate the whiff, it’s a great herb to let your cat enjoy as it helps relax and soothe her.
Dandelion greens aren’t just a classic side dish offered up at Greek restaurants — they can also make for a small salad snack for your feline. Dandelion packs a bunch of vitamins and minerals. Just make sure not to overfeed your kitty because cats are carnivores at heart.
What’s your cat’s favorite herb?