When I was younger I used to definitely be a dog person, I thought that cats were cold and selfish and not at all caring about their humans. As I grew and started to meet more cats I started to realize how sweet, caring, amazing individuals they can be, this plus the fact that they are so independent makes cats great pets to have a companion in your life.
People who have cats know what I am talking about, you start with one, then it may become two, three, more, suddenly you are the stereotype of the cat lady, oh my. Jokes apart when you own a pet and love them you have to take care of them, and this includes knowing what things in an environment can be harmful, poisonous to them.
If you are a person that is not just a cat but also a plant lover, when choosing what plants to bring into your home, you have to be aware of plants that can harm your gracious, mysterious, four-legged friends. Now, this does not mean that you should give up the idea of having plants altogether, it just means that you have to choose your plants a bit more carefully.
So a question that might arise is: What houseplants are safe for cats? Well read on and your questions shall be answered. Today I’m here to show you what indoor plants are safe for cats.
Discovering Cat-Friendly Indoor Plants
Hibiscus (also known as Hibiscus rosa-Sinensis, Hibiscus syriacus)
Well we all know hibiscus, it’s a plant that can be seen in many places when you’re walking outside. I use to love putting them on my hair when I was a kid. They are beautiful and they come in many different colors that you can choose from. They are plants that are good outdoors and indoors, and as great plus hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted by them.
Calathea Zebra (Calathea Zebrina)
So the Calathea plants are good in a few departments. First, they are nontoxic to cats which is what you’re here for, but they are also good for purifying the air and have a unique look and texture.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)
These very cute plants are great air purifiers. They like a lower light setting, so they are very good to add to rooms that get a low amount of sunlight, but that still deserve some life inside of them.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
These beauties are luscious, and they are able to really fill the space. They can grow up to 1,5 meters. Which can help create this indoor jungle vibe, which is amazing.
Sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus)
Sunflowers are the definition of joy and brightness. It is amazing the way they follow the sun, the way they just exist with that gorgeous yellow. No more needs to be said I think, they just bring light to wherever they are. Just make sure you are getting sunflowers and not daisies because these are toxic for cats.
Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea Lancifolia)
This is an absolutely lovely plant, I have one in my home and I love it. The shapes on the leaves and the fact that it is double-sided, the underneath are one color, and the top another, makes it fascinating, especially because sometimes if you observe carefully you can notice their movement through the day. The plant becomes more open or closed with the movement of night and day. They are a great addition to your garden indoors, because of their looks but also because they are low maintenance.
Majesty Palm (Ravenea Rivularis)
The name really does them justice because these plants are majestic. A palm original from Madagascar, they can grow quite tall. Their fronds are more concentrated at the top part of the plant, so the cats won’t have an easy time reaching them to snack on, and if they don’t worry because the plant is not toxic for them anyway. So they fit well into the indoor plants not toxic to cats category.
Impatiens (Impatiens Varieties)
These beauties are impatiens to make the world more beautiful. Great as a walkway, window box, and balcony plants. They bring with them their brightness and color. And as long as you provide them with a good amount of water they keep blooming.
Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis Obliterata)
The Kimberly Queen Fern is generally considered safe for cats. According to the ASPCA, Kimberly Queen Fern is not toxic to cats, dogs, or horses. It’s a beautiful and low-maintenance plant. And likes to stay a bit more in the shadow.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
For someone who owns a cat, this might well be the perfect plant for the house. It doesn’t require too much attention. It does need some haircuts once in a while(just taking out the larger green leaves. And it is able to bring some character to a room.
Bromeliad (Guzmania Lingulata)
Being a plant that, when blooming, has these beautiful flowers, and that has long leaves, it is hard to imagine that they are drought-tolerant, but they are. They can reach up to 50 centimeters of height, although there are varieties that are smaller, and are fond of sunlight.
Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
A great one amongst house plants nontoxic to cats. The name is suggestive but no, there hasn’t been discovered yet a tree that grows these pieces of paper that we call money. But this plant is cute, can grow a bit tall, and the best thing about it I think is that it will do some cleaning of the air for you, removing toxins of the air, leaving the air more fresh which is always something great to have in our homes.
Roses (Rosa Varieties)
Roses are just, so impossible to describe. They are delicate, spiky, and beautiful. They’re beautiful in bouquets, and even more when they are there connected to their roots and blooming. They are non-toxic for cats and dogs. And their scent is just incredible.
Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura Aurantiaca)
Adding to this list of house plants not poisonous to cats is the Purple velvet. Their leaves are a bright purple, which can go well with your green scenery, complementing it with some color. Sometimes some tiny flowers in the orange color are produced by it.
Chinese Palm Plant (Tracycarpus Fortunei)
This beauty typical of more tropical climates can grow up to almost 2,5 meters, big and gorgeous. Considering their tropical quality they do like water quite a lot. Almost house trees safe for cats category here, with this height.
Neon Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)
This plant has such a different/unique look, it brings a special personal touch to the environment they are in. A good plant for parts of the house with low to bright but indirect sunlight. Take care of them but don’t overdo it, they like their space.
Here you found some ideas of nonpoisonous house plants for cats. I hope this cat-safe houseplants list will be able to reconcile your plants and cats’ passion because it is definitely possible for them to exist together.