The Cat-gardening Chronicles (12)

Fresh carrots, zucchini and watermelon for cats


We are garden loving cats and except for watering the plants, or getting rid of weeds, we do other more interesting things that any gardener would employ us for.


We have this knack of sitting on top of the exact plant that needs urgent watering so though it may be a little squashed it comes to the notice of the owner. Then we add that class to plants with our glinting glowing eyes and our calm company that makes weeding and watering more interesting.


Well this week we were horrified to find that along with the rice and the fresh mackerel and salmon dinner, there was an orange layer of carrots added to it. We ate it all up as the fish made up for everything and were told that vegetables and fruits are good for cats. The horrors of cheap dry cat food were discovered by the feeder this week so we had to eat different things.


The feeder herself was shocked to discover that radish leaves are even more nutritious than the radish itself. So radish was planted in the garden and its leaves were added to the curry for our feeder.


Magic has a permanent cottage in any garden. It peers out of the funniest things. Our feeder had planted the roots of the fresh spinach she had bought one morning, inside a small pot, two weeks ago and to her surprise it had grown into a sturdy little new plant today! So had the root of the coriander!



Here are some herbs and greens that all gardeners must have. They can even be grown in small pots on the balcony, on the window sill, even on the kitchen window: Basil, catnip, coriander, cotton lavender, curry plant, Lavender, Lemon balm, Lemon verbena, sage, marigold, methi and spinach.




While catnip is a treat for cats, humans can take catnip tea as a sedative. Cats also like to eat watermelons, and you can give them grated raw zucchini and carrots, lightly steamed broccoli, baked winter squash and sweet potatoes! From: The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier with Norma Eckoate.




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