It’s Spring again and the flowers are blooming!
It’s officially spring today! Hello warmer weather, longer days, gardening and sunshine! If your planning a garden, make sure to reference How to Make a Cat’s Garden before you get started.
Flowers are already beginning to bloom here on the west coast and if you’ve got spring fever, you’ll be flinging open those doors and windows and bringing those colorful blossoms in to brighten up your home after those long, cold winter months.
How to care for your cut flowers with cats in the house
1. Always make sure your flowers have enough fresh water. A cat can’t find enough places to drink from to avoid their actual water bowl.
2. Don’t use plant or flower food that could harm your pets. See: Caring for cut flowers without chemicals.
3. Use a sturdy vase with a heavy base to prevent it from getting knocked over easily. Museum or poster putty under the vase helps. Expect that your cat will move the vase if it’s in their way. Plan accordingly.
4. Some flowers are toxic to cats. Choose blooms that will not cause harm if chewed on by your fluffy companions. The ASPCA has a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for cats. Natural Cat Care Blog has put together a short list of good options of flowers that are safe for cats.
5. Make sure your cat has plenty of food and entertainment so those bright new cut flowers are less tempting to chew on. Cat Magazine has an article about why cats eat your cut flowers with some ideas for preventing it.
Remember, lillies may be beautiful, but they are deadly! They are very poisonous for cats. So find some alternative Easter decorations.