Known as catnip or catmint, This plant has an almost magical effect on cats, causing them to roll in it, rub their faces in it and even chew it, while purring happily. The chemical compound (called nepetalactone) found in the leaves and stems, is the reason for the attraction. However, kittens are not affected by it.
Catnip makes a good ground cover and edging plant, so plant it where it’s easily accessible to your cat. A perennial with aromatic grey leaves and spikes of mauve or white flowers, it’s evergreen and frost hardy.
Most dogs and cats are partial to munching on a little grass periodically. It aids digestion, provides fibre, minerals and vitamins, cleans the breath and helps cats with hairballs. Often when a dog or cat eats grass it will vomit, perpetuating the idea that the animal feels unwell or has a gastro-intestinal problem. But as eating grass hasn’t been linked to any disorder, some conclude that they simply enjoy it. Easy to grow, pet grass makes an excellent ground cover. As lawns are often coated with chemical-based pesticides and fertilisers, which can be toxic, pet grass is a healthy alternative. It can also be grown in containers indoors and out, and to ensure a regular supply, plant it successively in more than one pot. Rabbits, birds and guinea pigs also love pet grass.
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