Cats are curious by nature and will explore and investigate every nook and cranny of your house. When you decide that it is time to add a cat or two to your family, you frantically start to kitty-proof your house as best as you possibly can. You will think of things like cat doors, scratch poles, and the necessary screening if you want your cats to stay indoors. These curious creatures will also nibble and taste everything they find so you make sure that all the obvious dangers are out of reach and at least find out what are the Plants that are safe for cats.
What most people tend to forget when kitty-proofing their homes are the dangers that common houseplants pose for animals and in particular cats. If you are a plant lover and have plants growing in your home or garden where the cats will have access to them, it is best to do your research so that you can still enjoy the beauty of your plants with peace of mind that they will not cause harm to your cat.
To save you time we have compiled a list of the most common plants that are safe for cats. This will help save you hours of research and arm you with enough knowledge to keep your cat healthy and your home beautiful.
Palms are a great choice for indoor plants. Palms come in different shapes, sizes, and varieties but the great thing about all palms is that they don’t require a lot of light, so it is easy to grow them in almost any room of the house. Ponytails, parlor, and areca are all part of the palm family and the most widely chosen for house plants, and all are safe for your cats and will not cause them any harm even if they decide to nibble on the plants.
You need to take note that sago palms are not actually palms and are toxic to cats so should be avoided.
2. African Violet
African violets are a very popular choice of house plants due to their beauty and ability to brighten up and bring color into a room. African violets are always in bloom and even though they require lots of light, they remain a popular choice. They work wonders on window sills and are safe for your cats to be around.
Bromeliads grow very well indoors and not fussy about how much light they get. They also add bursts of color to a room and therefore, are one of the most common indoor plants; what is fantastic is that they are harmless to cats. Bromeliads grow regardless of the season and require very little attention.
4. Haworthia Succulents
These are not something you see often grown as an indoor plant, which is a bit surprising as it is a very easy plant to grow indoors. Many animals are attracted to these succulents and leaving them outdoors will get them destroyed in no time. They are safe for your cats.
5. Spider Plants
Spider plants are easy to grow, and they grow very quickly as well, which is a bonus as cats love to chew on them. They are literally effortless to grow, and your cat will love having a few of them around the house to nibble on. They are totally harmless for your cats so definitely add them to your home.
6. Flowering Plants
Many flowering plants that you would often find in your garden could potentially harm your cat, but it isn’t all bad news because some of the most beautiful and most popular are in fact safe for your cat. Roses, snapdragons, and zinnias are all perfectly safe to have around your house.
7. Mint Plants
Many types of mint plants are safe for your cat; peppermint is a firm favorite of many cats, and it’s a double whammy because rodents are repelled by the smell of mint, cats are attracted to it, and it is perfectly safe for them.
Lemongrass is great as an herb for cooking and cats love it as well. It is perfectly safe for them, so you can plant as much of it as you like.
Catnip is something that you can easily grow at home; not only does it have pretty flowers, it also gives off an extremely pleasant sweet smell that you will love having around your home. Not all cats love catnip but if yours does you will have to plant a lot of it because they will go through it really quickly.
10. Cat Grass
A perfect choice to have around the house not only is it safe for your cats but it is good for them too, helping them to balance their digestive system. Cat grass usually consists of a mixture of oat grass, cereal sprouts, and wheat grass. You can buy cat grass but is it much more fun to grow your own.
If you have a creative streak in you, bamboo is a fun and easy to grow indoor plant that you can use to decorate your home in abundance. Don’t get too creative though as you may be disappointed when your cat decides to snack on your bamboo plants, luckily, animals are attracted to these succulents
12. Boston Fern
If you are a Garfield fan you will know that the Boston fern is not only a decorative plant in your home, but it is a safe plant to have and will cause your cat no harm.
13. Cast Iron Plant
Cast iron plants are fantastic to have around the house, they look great and they are as tough as nails. Easy to grow with minimal care, and your cats will have fun playing with the harmless leaves.
14. Burros Tail Succulent
One of the few safe succulents to have around cats and a great source of entertainment for them as they play with the pieces that fall off.
15. Phalaenopsis Orchids
A beautiful house plant that will brighten up your home and are safe for your cat.
With all these plants and more to choose from having a cat in your home doesn’t mean that you can’t have beautiful pants as well, it is just a matter of knowing which ones are safe and which ones are not.
However, in case of emergency or unexpected events, you might want to know some tips about sick cats.