flowers in the house
In our house, we’re always referring to the “kitten contract.” Which clearly states, of course, that anything a cat chooses to play with is automatically designated a cat toy.
Unfortunately, this seems to include any and all live plants that we (attempt to) bring into the house.
Flowers in vases, Boston ferns … everything becomes a toy, or possibly even a snack.
Which is also why it’s a good idea to remember, or to look up, which indoor plants are okay for pets, and which ones aren’t. (Did you know, for instance, that lilies are particularly toxic to cats?)
If you’re looking for ways to bring a bit of the outdoors inside, flowers actually offer some of the same benefits as being out in nature. A behavioral research study conducted by the psychology department at Rutgers (2005) found that flowers have both an immediate effect on happiness and a long-term positive effect on mood.
And our two young cats would agree.
But because they’re always on the lookout for toys and snacks that are, ahem, organic, we’ve decided that indoor plants and flowers are, sadly, too much trouble for our house.
Fortunately for all of us, we can still “bring the outdoors inside” through the windows. For a quick moment of peace and quiet, there’s nothing easier than simply gazing out at the trees for the space of a few deep breaths.