DIY: How to Make an Herb Garden Your Cat Will Love

Cats like to eat their greens, too!

My sneaky cats love to nibble on the leaves of my house plants.

Although I keep only nontoxic plants in my house, I decided to make a little herb garden for my cats to enjoy. In 3 easy steps, you can too.


  • Planter box or container
  • Potting dirt
  • Cat-friendly plants such as catnip or wheatgrass
Photos by: Kirsten Peek/Petful


1. Prepare your planter.

Make sure there’s a drainage hole at the bottom of the container you will be using. If there isn’t a hole, drill a small one in the bottom of the container so that you don’t drown your plants. Fill the planter or container with potting dirt.

2. Place your plants.

Make sure you’re using only plants intended for cats to avoid exposing your pets to harmful pesticides or other chemicals. For my herb garden, I bought wheatgrass from a pet supply store and transplanted some catnip I had been growing for a few weeks.

Remove the plants from their containers and transplant them into the dirt, covering the roots completely.

3. Share with your feline friends.

My cats, Sarabi and Mufasa, are huge fans of their little herb garden. Our herb garden is going to live on the porch so the plants can sunbathe and Sarabi and Mufasa don’t overindulge. They can enjoy it any time they sit out on the porch with me.

Consult your veterinarian before deeming a plant safe for your pets, because health requirements can vary.

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