herbs safe for cats

Curious about herbs safe for cats? Plants are talked about a lot, but what about herbs? Make sure to read this before you start an herb garden!

You often hear of people talking about which plants are safe for cats, but what herbs? Perhaps you want to start an indoor herb garden, but you’re worried about the safety of your cats. There are plenty of herbs safe for cats and many that are not so here is a complete cat safe herbs reference!

Is Basil Safe for Cats?

Yes, basil is safe for cats. It is non-toxic to both cats and dogs whether it’s fresh leaves, cooked, dried, or ground up. Rarely, cats may experience diarrhea or vomiting.

herbs safe for cats


Is Sage Sage for Cats?

Yes, sage is safe for cats as well as dogs. 

As far as burning sage, or smudging, is no different than burning incense or canceled. If your cats have respiratory conditions, they may find it irritating, but it is not toxic.

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Is Parsely Safe for Cats?

While the answer seems to be a little wishy-washy, the safest answer would be, no, parsley is not safe for cats. 

While the curly-leafed variety of parsley is good for your pet, the ASPCA considers ‘Spring Parsley’ to be toxic in large amounts.


Is Cilantro Safe for Cats?

The love it or hate herb amongst humans will forever divide us. However, yes, cilantro is safe for your cats.

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Is Lemonbalm Safe for Cats?

Not only is this herb incredibly good smelling, but it is indeed safe for cats.


Is Dill Safe for Cats?

Yes, dill is safe for cats. Prolonged contact can cause dermatitis. 


Is Thyme Safe for Cats?

Yes, thyme is safe for cats.

Is Eucalyptus Safe for Cats?

No, Eucalyptus is toxic to cats (and dogs). It can cause salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and weakness. 








Is Lemongrass Safe for Cats?

No, lemongrass is toxic for cats (and dogs) causing stomach upset. 

Are Onions Safe for Cats?

No, like garlic, onions are one of the most toxic plants for cats (and dogs). Ingesting onions can cause vomiting, breakdown of red blood cells, blood in urine, weakness, high heart rate, and panting.

Is Rosemary Safe for Cats?

Yes, rosemary is completely safe for cats!


Is Oregano Safe for Cats?

No, oregano causes mild vomiting and diarrhea.


Is Lavender Safe for Cats

No, lavender is not safe for cats (or dogs). It causes nausea, vomiting, and a lack of appetite. 

herbs safe for cats


Is Garlic Safe for Cats?

No! Garlic is one of the most toxic things for cats. It causes vomiting, breakdown of red blood cells, blood in urine, weakness, high heart rate, and panting.


Can Cats Eat Ginger?

Yes, cats can eat ginger. Like most things, it should be done in moderation though.

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