One of the most common concerns cat owners have around adding plants to their home decor is knowing which houseplants are safe for cats.
The leaves, sap, or seeds of some indoor plants can indeed be toxic to your cats. But don’t panic! Not all house plants are poisonous or dangerous to your furry friends.
Making sure you choose a non-toxic, pet-safe plant is key to keeping your cats safe and embracing the natural beauty plants add to any room.
Not only do you need to ensure you choose a non-toxic plant you’ll also want to avoid plants that may produce thorns as these can also be very dangerous for your cat.
Fortunately there are many houseplants safe for cats, making it easy to have both.
It’s actually quite easy to create a healthy and safe environment for your four legged friend while basking in the beauty that plants bring to indoor spaces.
These 7 houseplants are all safe for cats. However, it’s still important to try to keep your cats away from your houseplants for extra precaution. If you do notice your cat nibbling on your plants, watch for signs of a negative reaction and contact a veterinarian if necessary.
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Best Indoor Plants for Cats
The staghorn fern is safe for cats as it’s a non-toxic indoor plant.
This fun spunky plant gets its name from their leaves which are shaped like antlers. Because of the resemblance, this plant looks like an amazing piece of living art when mounted on a wooden plank against the wall. If you’re up for a DIY project, check out Apartment Therapy for instructions on how to mount a Staghorn Fern.
If the mounted look doesn’t go with your decor try a hanging planter or wooden box. We’ve narrowed down some of the choices available on Amazon for you here.
Because this plant’s leaves tend to get a little droopy you’ll want to keep it up off the floor. Keep a spray bottle close by and mist your Staghorn regularly as the plant absorbs water through its fronds, which is why it can be mounted to the wall instead of planted in a regular pot.
The Areca Palm is a fairly common houseplant. It is mainly recognized by its feathery green fronds and multiple stems which emerge from the base.
This palm plant is sure to bring a tropical feel to any interior, but it’s not the easiest to care for. We suggest only going for this type of palm plant if you’re going to follow the proper care instructions. There are other palms that may be a better fit for you if keeping plants alive isn’t your forte.
Areca Palms are known to grow up to 12 feet tall with a 6 foot spread. You can however purchase these in various sizes so you may opt for a table top version and repot it as it grows, or purchase a mature one that is already near its full growth to fill an empty space in your living room or bedroom.
Place your Areca Palm in a bright place away from direct sunlight. This is an amazing air cleansing plant that acts as a natural humidifier so if your house is dry this plant will add moisture to the air making it more comfortable. The Areca Palm also absorbs toxins and fights against odors present in our interiors.
We love this hanging plant. Grape Ivy is another one of our top houseplants safe for cats because and is also extremely versatile when it comes to home decor. You can choose to hang it from your ceiling or plant it in a tall pant stand and let the leaves flow towards the floor. This plant is fairly tolerate of low light which makes it great for adding natural beauty to a dim room or basement.
Although the word “grape” is in its name, you won’t have to worry about Felix getting hold of any real grapes. It’s named this because its leaves resemble oak and grape leaves.
When grown indoors, this vine is likely to reach up to 5 feet. This easy to grow houseplant can also be planted with a small trellis to encourage the plant to climb rather than trail. We like the trailing look better though as it makes the plant look more abundant.
This indoor plant is native to the tropical forests of South America. The Calathea comes in a variety of species and appreciates warm, humid and shady environments making it the perfect plant for the kitchen or bathroom.
The beauty of Calathea lies in their leaves. Colored in different shades of green and decorated with brilliant patterns, their wide leaf creates an exotic look to any interior. They also distinguish between changing position and opening during the day, depending on changes in brightness, temperature, and humidity.
Among the many species, Calathea Warscewicizii is distinguished by its large two-toned green leaves and burgundy underside. To the touch, the leaves feel like velvet, bringing charm and softness to your interiors.
For a truly eye catching species, check out the Calathea Ornata. Its stunning green leaves are patterned with a striking pinkish white pin stripe with purple undersides.
Be prepared for a little extra clean up as your cats will love hiding among the wide soft leaves of this cat friendly plant.
With its robust and plump trunk, the ponytail palm is not only safe for cats, it’s also one they love to scratch their claws against. If you notice your cat doing this, to give your plant the best chance for survival move it to a paw free area of your home.
As you can see, this ponytail palm, shown above from Amazon, looks like a small tree crowned with a beautiful tuft of curved leaves. When grown indoors it grows slowly and can reach up to 3 feet, making it perfect for placing on a low stool or short table. Elevating it just slightly off the ground in a short pot will help show of it’s unique trunk which is wide at the bottom, getting skinnier towards the top.
Although its name would indicate it’s a palm, its actually part of the succulent family. The ponytail palm has established itself as a plant that is both solid and elegant, reassuring and soothing. This is another excellent choice for those who tend to forget to water plants regularly. It will tolerate dryer conditions, but don’t’ completely forget about it.
This indoor plant is a part of the succulent family. People often tend to relate its shape to a miniature aloe vera plant. Its long, pointed leaves also make it look a bit like a cactus.
This little succulent is super easy to care for and is good for those who tend to forget to water plants regularly – although you don’t want this to dry out too much that it becomes unsalvageable. This how to grow succulents indoors article will tell you everything you need to know.
We love the way these look placed on a bookshelf, end table or wall shelf. n This indoor plant is perfect on a decorative shelf or on the corner of your work desk.
This plant is sure to add dimension and visual appeal without being overbearing.
Since it is smaller in size, your cats may decide to get a little playful with it. We suggest planting it in a plastic pot (with drain holes) that is less likely to break if your cat knocks it over.
If you want a houseplant that flowers and is safe for your cats, look no further than the African violet. This versatile houseplant will be right at home with your cats. It comes in a range of purple hues, is low maintenance, and thrives without bright light.
With its colorful flowers and rounded leaves, this plant is stunning in neutral colored rooms. This indoor plant is perfect for brightening up your room, place it beside a plain piece of furniture or use it as a centerpiece on your coffee table.
When your African Violet is cared for properly it has the ability to bloom year round. As long as your plant is doing well, the African Violet is fairly easy to propagate. This way you’ll be able to continue adding to your collection without spending a dime.
These are just a few houseplants safe for cats.
Although these are our top 7 picks, there are many more cat-safe plants that you can decorate your home with. Before introducing any plant into a home with cats, check the ASPCA’s website to know if it’s safe for your pets.