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« on: November 28, 2010, 05:56:31 AM »

Which herbs are safe for cats?

I don't mean to give them any, but would just like to start growing some fresh herbs in the storage room which is normally off limits to cats. But just in case they do get in, I do not want to have stuff which can be bad for them.

I assume mint, parsley and rosemary should be fine. What about basil? And marjoram and tarragon and dill and coriander?

I love to cook and love to use fresh herbs, and I am fed up with buying packages of herbs in supermarket and then half of it getting spoilt before I can use it up. Such a waste. Much better to grow what I need and then just pick the amount needed.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 11:35:08 AM »

I believe rosemary can induce seizures in some cats. Undecided You will probably want to avoid chives as well. Mint, basil, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme should be fine as far as I know!
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2010, 01:54:45 PM »

Thanks! I thought rosemary was safe since it is in quite a few cat foods as preservative. Well, doesn't matter, rosemary keeps better in the fridge than other herbs, so I can just buy a package when I need it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2010, 06:53:10 PM »

I have rosemary ,chives & garlic growing, but my cats & dogs don't bother them. I do bring the rosemary in for the winter, but not the chives or garlic. I grow almost all the easy herbs with no problems. But as I said they are pretty good about not bothering the plants except for Remy peeing on them & Oreo sleeping in the large tree pots.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2010, 08:34:45 PM »

Alek, you can check the ASPCA poisonous and good plant lists online. They might have info on what you'd like to plant:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2010, 09:15:39 PM »

Thanks!

I had no idea parsley could be problematic since it is found in some foods also. Chamomile as well. Ugh.

I use some cleaners at home with parsley extract, do I need to change that or it should be fine?
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010, 09:17:15 PM »

Now I am totally confused, this one has parsley and chamomile on the list of plants safe for cats:
http://www.catscans.com/plants.htm
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2010, 11:48:12 PM »

alek maybe find a growing medium (like a terrarium) with a lid with venting to grow the herbs in and that way the cats would not be able to get at the herbs should they ever be able to get in the storage room. You could always put the herbs in lil pots before putting them into an enclosure. Another thing would be one of those mini greenhouses with the zip up lil doors. Cats would not get into that. Just another thought.
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2010, 04:35:00 AM »

alek0, I too am confused by the lists of what is bad and what is not bad, and the ingredients in cat foods.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2010, 06:32:15 AM »

My cats, even the chewers, have never chewed on chives or rosemary.  I think the pungent smell puts them off.

Back in the day when I was growing herbs indoors, I had to resort to something like what JJ describes to protect the tastier plants from the cats, though.  Anything in the the mint family (including basil) was a sure target.
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 08:43:09 AM »

Alek, my boy Bones used to pull the bag of chamomile tea out of my cup and lick it until it was dry. Never did a thing to him. I think sometimes things are overblown. There are plants that are deadly poisonous like lilies and there are plants that they'd have to eat and awful lot of to get a reaction. Many of these plants, they wouldn't even be interested in. I think if you avoid the very deadly ones altogether and keep the questionable ones where they can't reach them, you'll be fine.
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2010, 04:52:06 PM »

All the plants would be in place where they don't go, i.e. storeroom, shelf under the window. I am planning basil, parsley, coriander, mint, rosemary, marjoram and thyme.
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2010, 04:55:09 PM »

mmmm you may not have so much problem with cats as with itchmos coming over to frolic in your storeroom.   Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2010, 06:01:11 PM »

We grow many different herbs in the garden and the only ones they have ever shown interest in is catnip and catmint. I could imagine rosemary and thyme might be toxic but our cats are repelled by their smell anyway. 

Have you thought of growing catnip too - our cats eat it with no ill effects and have never thrown up after.
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2010, 06:42:00 PM »

Yes, I intend to grow catnip and grass for them, too. I didn't ask about it since I know it is harmless, just wanted to make sure that herbs for our own use would not harm them if they accidentally got into the storeroom.
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