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Bring The Outdoors To Your Indoor Cats With a DIY Cat Garden #BlogPawsDIY

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This Spring, Paul and I planned on planting a garden, but time got away from us. So in June when I found a really great deal on an elevated garden table at Tractor Supply Company I couldn’t resist bringing it home.

DIY Garden Table

The instructions on the elevated garden table said easy assembly. Well….I would say assembling the  garden table was moderate, not super easy, but not difficult. It does require your own tools and takes a bit of time.

Paul assembling garden table

Once all assembled, we carried our  garden table to the yard where it would get plenty of sunshine.

elevated garden table

As I was getting ready to plant our tomatoes and green peppers, I thought what about the cats?  This would be the perfect time to plant a cat garden.

organic soil and compost

When I picked out rosemary, basil and sage for us, I also selected rye, oat and barley, catnip, and wheat grass for the cats’ garden.  Because it was already so late into the Spring, I picked out starter plants and didn’t grow the garden from seed.

organic cat green images

I used one of our window box style planters for the cat garden.  I spread out the organic garden soil and placed each plant into the fresh soil, gently loosening the roots. Covered them with more soil  and  gave the planter a good drink of water.

DIY cat garden

Your cat garden is now ready for your cats to enjoy! Our garden takes  more patience, sunshine and water to be ready. But there was no reason to make Annie, Eddie and Mercy wait.

The cat garden was an immediate hit with Annie and Eddie.  I placed their water fountain nearby in the sun room for easy access and I kind of like the sound of water flowing too.  I place ice cubes in the water a few times a day to keep the water cool and Annie entertained.

DIY Annie water cat garden

Eddie likes to nibble on the oat, rye and barley grasses.

Eddie nibbling from cat garden

Annie was first to try the catnip.  The boys didn’t seem to care much about it.

Annie in the catnip

Mercy was reserved but decided to join in the fun.

Mercy and Annie at the cat garden

He decided that the grasses taste pretty good!

Mercy likes the cat garden

As for our garden, we still have a bit of a wait.

our elevated table garden

But our green peppers are coming along nicely.

green peppers

Our cats really enjoy their cat garden.  Because they are indoors only cats, this is one way of bringing a bit of the outdoors in for them to enjoy.

 

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about DIY projects that enrich cats’ lives, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.

  • http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/welcome Kimberly Morris Gauthier

    This is a fantastic idea. I’ll have to find a place in our house to set the small garden. Our cats would love it.

    My only worry is that they’ll eat it in a day or so.

  • Judy Simon

    My cats love their greens. We grow catnip & grass for the cats. When I go out the back door & come back to come inside, there are at least 6-8 cats waiting for me! They know what I am going to get for them! Too smart for their own cat pants!!

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      That is so nice of you to grow catnip and grass for your cats. Cats are very smart.

      • Judy Simon

        They are very smart! If I come in & don’t have grass or fresh nip, they actually “scream” at me. they are hilarious! One likes to take an entire “stalk” and run off with it all for himself. LOL

  • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

    Thanks Will for sharing this information! That sounds like a great idea. We will check Todd’s Seeds out too.

  • Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs

    Our momma tried this with us, but we were “lil stinkers”. We pulled up everything, ate some, spread some, then flung the dirt everywhere and rolled all over in it! We thought it was great fun, but momma was not very happy to have more messies to clean up. MOL :) Could have been worse though, she said, we could have used it as an extra potty pan.
    xoxoxo Dancer and the SDR Clan

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Annie too was flinging dirt. Gracey must have been telling her to throw some dirt. She loved flinging dirt. ;)

  • Kerry Palmer Vistisen

    It doesn’t take long for the grasses to sprout. We went to a natural foods store and bought rye and wheat seeds made for “sprouts” for people. I planted them in a window box like planter and once they are nicely rooted (so the cats can’t pull them out easily) would bring them inside. They loved it. The grass is now overgrown and brown, so I will pull it out and start some new. Buying seeds is much cheaper than plants from a pet store. Nip takes longer to sprout, but we grow it outside and since it reseeds itself, we always have plenty to pinch off a few leaves at a time.

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      That is a great idea Kerry. Yes our grass is ready to be replaced with some new. I am going to get some seeds now too.

  • Ariel Carman

    This is great- whenever I get a catnip plant, it gets chewed down to the roots so I would set it aside. I think I’ll try this with the grasses however.

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Hi Ariel, we could try to snip a bit of the catnip off and let the cats enjoy it and that would prevent them from chewing or pulling it down to the roots. I might try that with the catnip and make the next garden just grasses.

  • katsrus

    Love both of those ideas. I will have to look for these kinds of plants. Never seen these at are Petsmart.
    Sue B

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Hi Sue, Will posted information about Todd’s Seeds in a comment below that is a great idea to keep fresh tender greens available for the cats.

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    guys !!! your gardin iz AWESUM……N yea, we spotted de nip…rite off !! ???

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Annie loves the nip but the boys didn’t seem too interested.

  • catchatcaren

    this was absolutely superb!!! Where do you ever find the time?

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Thank you for your kind words. Anything for the cats!!!

      • catchatcaren

        you are welcome! Also, HUGE CONGRATS on being a PETTIES FINALIST!!! Woooo hoooo!!!!!!! Wishing you the BEST of luck!

  • Amy Orvin

    Wow! What an amazzzing garden! I know the kitties love that!

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      They do love it. It is really very easy to make Thank you for your kind words.

  • Trey Wallis

    I have an indoor only cat and I want to grow some greenies for him. I wonder if he would like it? I may try this, but not so fancy as yours.

    • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

      Trey, nothing fancy here, honest! I used a planter we had already and picked up the Pet Greens from Pet People. You wouldn’t even need to replant the greens to see if your cat likes them. Super easy! Thanks for being a member of The Tiniest Tiger community.

      • Linda Szymoniak

        I’ve never heard of Pet People. Is it a store or website?

      • Linda Szymoniak

        Okay, so I did a Google search and see that the closest Pet People is Indianapolis. There are a lot in Ohio, and my youngest daughter lives in Youngstown and works in Canton, but she doesn’t have time or gas funds to come home too often. I’m thinking they may not have any left by this late date, too. I may have to resort to buying some packs of seeds on-line and start mine that way. With three cats, I know they’d love this.

        • http://www.freezertofield.com Joanne McGonagle

          Hi Linda! You can find pet greens in some supermarkets too. I used to find the wheat grass at Meijer and Whole Foods. I haven’t checked for them at PetSmart or Petco but they might have them too. I might try growing some from seeds too. I like http://petgreens.com too.

      • Trey Wallis

        Thank you!

    • Retta Shanahan

      You can also get these kind of plants at Petsmart.

      • Trey Wallis

        Thank you, I wondered where to get them!

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