Catnip Houseplant Fail

I have know for a long time the benefits of houseplants, especially in cleaning the air but I procrastinated about buying plants for the house. Part of the reason was because I am a procrastinator and the other reason was that I wasn’t sure which plants were safe for cats and which one of those grow well indoors.

It occurred to me recently that catnip was definitely safe for cats and, according to Google, it also grows well indoors. With that in mind I bought two catnip plants yesterday but realized when I got home that I only had one pot and that had a crack in it, so today I bought two pots that I thought would be hard to tip over. When I got home from work I put the plants in the pots and brought them inside.

I set them down at the door and they were immediately the focus of attention of our three cats. Frankie, almost immediately, crushed one of the plants and Chris, well, watch the video to see what Chris does. It’s not good.

The plants are back outside. I guess I will have to break off leaves and bring them in a little at a time unless someone has better advice.


45 thoughts on “Catnip Houseplant Fail

  1. 15andmeowing

    I have to hide cat grass when I grow it for the kitties. I bring it out once a day, if I leave it out they destroy it.

  2. catladymac

    I plant mine outside in a big hanging basket and harvest it periodically. So, yeh, that’s what you’re gonna hafta do !

  3. koolkosherkitchen

    I made the same mistake the first time around. Now I only bring it out for them for a few minutes a day, otherwise they demolish the plant. I also alternate catnip plant with kitty grass plant.

  4. kittiesblue

    I laughed so hard at the video, I almost wet myself. I got four catnip plants at Lowe’s on Sunday. I plant them in really big, heavy pots on the catio. The kitties cannot knock them over, but they have been known to lie on top of the plants, and Lisbeth has dug them up in the past. I think your idea sounds like the best. Good Luck.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I guess it was worth it for the laughs. πŸ™‚ I saw planters that were very wide which would probably work but I think Chris and Frankie would still destroy the plants. Floki might be more gentle with them, though.

  5. foguth

    Mr. Charles, Katsu and I have lots and lots of potted plants – including ‘nip – in our catio… And the only problem we have is that Katsu likes to sprawl on top of our ‘nip. (2nd photo down = evidence of this ) BUT we have a much larger plant and it is in a much larger pot. There is also that fact that neither Katsu nor I have the ‘nip gene’ so while we appreciate it, we don’t go crazy over ‘nip.

      1. foguth

        Mr. Charles, our pot is about the size of a bushel basket (Katsu weighs about 10 #, if that gives you a better idea of size) It is one nip plant. The rest are in the garden.

          1. foguth

            Mr. Charles, if you have any farms/ranches in your area, they might have big plastic pots that feed for horses and cows comes in – those are often just thrown out and make excellent pots. Only problem is that they are too heavy to move once the dirt is added … Mr. Leon shows how to alter these to water from the bottom
            Oh, and you might want to put mulch or rocks on top so my dear furiend doesn’t think it’s a good litter box.

            1. Charles Huss Post author

              I think one of these days we will have a cameo built. But we will have to have another door installed in our house. since we are saving money for a big trip to Germany this year it probably won’t happen until later, but once we get a catio I might try something like that.

  6. onespoiledcat

    OOPS…….I must say I don’t know of anyone else who has put their catnip plants inside the house – the result is much like what yours was (!!). They obviously like the idea but the clean up isn’t worth it. LOL Lesson learned?? Yep – bring in some leaves for them but that whole plant (and the dirt!) is too hard to resist!!!

    Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)

  7. Nasim

    Hello Charles,
    I cannot bring in house plants because Suki is a junkie and will eat everything going !!! Had to go to vets because he coudn’t stop!
    I now give them flat leaf parsley in a jug and all of my 4 cats love it. It helps them digest because they are indoor.
    Otherwise dry catnip on their toys.
    Lovely video, my cats do exactly the same thing.
    Take care

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