What Indoor Plants Are Safe For Cats?
Cats are feline animals deemed to be suitable as pets. Taking care of pets and ensuring they are safe is part of the requirements of pet ownership.
Human are deviants; the same also goes for animals. Most often than not, animals don’t eat just what is set out for them; they eat what attract their attention; which may be safe or harmful to them.
Cats are domestic felines allowed to roam every perimeter of the house and also stay indoors. Having cats in the house require safety measures. Most owners have plants in their home majorly for beautification which begs the question of cats’ safety. There are certain indoor plants safe for cats some while some are harmful.
It is in the nature of cat to be wild and free to explore. They are carnivorous animals that even with their love for meat tend to nibble on plants that attract their attention. Cats are like babies who put colorful and strange things in their mouth ignorant of the adverse effect.
However, cats and plants can co-exist, as long as the houseplants are safe. Plants could either be safe or toxic to cats. As a cat owner, it is essential to be aware of plants that are safe or toxic to your cat. Your favorite plant might be harmful to cats that once ingested can cause vomiting, kidney failure or worse; death.
Indoor plants are used to beautify the house, add warmth as well as make it lively and welcoming, but due to some plants exotic scents and color, cats are attracted to nibble on them.
These plants include:
- African violets,
- Boston fern,
- Blue Echeveria,
- Spice Orchid,
- Christmas cactus,
- Areca palm,
- Pony tail palm,
- Cast Iron Plant,
- Gerbera Daisy (African Daisy),
- Burro’s Tail,
- Ghost Plant,
- Irish Moss,
- Mexican Rosettes,
- Maidenhair Fern,
- Zucchini Squash,
- Honeysuckle Fuchsia,
- Venus Fly Trap,
- Parlor Palm,
All of the above mentioned indoor plants are safe for cats amidst hundred others.
African Violets are one of the common plants found in peoples home. It is common due to its colorfully cut and arranged flowers that never fail to beautify a home. It comes in various shades of color such as pink, white, yellow, violet, red, green e.t.c that most definitely calls the attention of cats. African violet is perfectly safe for cats especially the homegrown type. Cats love to chew on the leaves, blooms, or stem. Constant intake of this plant can build up a toxic level if the plants are treated with a general type of insecticides – Organophosphates. To ensure your cat’s safety, homegrown African violets are the sure bets.
Boston Fern is another indoor plant safe for cats. It is distinguished by their delicate, meshy green leaves making the room fascinating and full of allure. There are many ferns poisonous to pets, but Boston fern is a great indoor houseplant attractive to animals especially cats but not poisonous. The frilly stalk and color calls the attention of cats and is eaten as a snack. Boston ferns are easy to care for and are safe for cats to eat.
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This plant is of different species. It is known for its simplicity in appearance that shows less is more; less is beautiful. Blue Echeveria fills out whatever pot it’s in spirally. Its color and simplicity attract cats to eat its leaves. It is safe for consumption.
Cats are inordinately attracted to flowers of which Spice Orchid is not an exemption. Spice orchid is also a favorite houseplant with bright colors that fully manifest and add charm once placed in a well-lit area of the room. Nibbling on flowers is a favorite past time for cats; a colorful spice orchid is begging to be nibbled on. Spice Orchid can get along with cats since it is absolutely safe for the cats.
However, there are other species of Orchids which are:
- Florida Butterfly Orchid
- Dancing Doll Orchid
- Cocktail Orchid
- Winter Cattleya
- Brazilian Orchid
- Fiery Reed Orchid
- Crimson Cattleya
- Cirrhopetalum and lots more.
All of which are safe for cats.
Christmas Cactus is a famous winter indoor house plant that never fails to add charm in a room setting. It is one of the very few plants that are quite safe for kitty. Christmas cactus has drooping branches that always call the attraction of cats; considering their wild and playful nature will surely want to get their paws on the branches as well as nibble on its red flower. It is quite safe for feline animal.
Fish Pole Bamboo & Bamboo Palm Plant
The bamboo plant comes in different species and forms. The most common indoor bamboo plant is the Fish Pole Bamboo. It adds a masculine feel to the room as well as the Bamboo palm known for its elegance in complimenting a room. Cats are drawn to plants especially plants with the green color that reminds them of wildlife. The fish pole Bamboo and the Bamboo Palm are quite safe for cats. The bamboo plants should not be mistaken for Lucky Bamboo and Heavenly Bamboo because some bamboo variety is poisonous to cats.
Pony Tail Palm
As the name implies, is a plant with long leaves that dangle. They enhance the beauty of any indoor decoration giving it character. Due to its dangling leaves, it is an easy target for cats to nibble on. Pony tail palm is an indoor plant safe for cats.
Palm Plants are broad species that are commonly used for indoor décor. They add serenity and allure to the look of a room. Areca palm also known as Golden Palm grows in the bush and is wild. Areca palm used for indoor decoration is smaller. Cats are drawn to its arch pointed leaves to burrow in. It is safe for kitty to nibble on.
Cast Iron Plant
This is a species of flowering plant in the family of Asparagaceae native to Japan and Taiwan. It has glossy dark leaves, long and fleshy with maroon coloring on the inner surface and can withstand neglect giving credence to its name “cast iron plant.” This plant can survive regardless of where it is placed in a room. It makes any room it is placed in look charming. Cats are drawn to its long, glossy leaves, and it is quite safe for them to eat.
Also known as African daisy, is quite colorful having various shades ranging from pink, red, yellow, egg white and many more. Gerberas are commonly grown for their bright and cheerful flowers that never fail to add beauty and cheer to the room. It also draws the attention of cats and poses no danger to them. Gerberas are safe for cats.
Also known as Donkey plant is very simple to plant and care for. Burro’s tail grows very thick with dangling stems that is heavy due to the overlapping plump, juicy leaves which form a groovy braided pattern. It is a lovely addition to a room’s décor. Its heavy dangling stem makes it looks like it has come to play with the cats. It is safe for cats to eat.
Also known as the mother of pearl from the family of Crassulaceae, is succulent and easy to propagate. It has rounded triangle leaves that keeps going on and on spirally like the Blue Echeveria. The ghost plant also has a dangling stem that looks like it has come to play. It is a beautiful indoor plant that calls the attention of cats and is quite safe.
This is also a common houseplant which grows in large quantity along the rocky parts of Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. One unique thing about this plant is; it is quite beneficial to humans. Irish moss is nontoxic to cats.
Also from the family of Crassulaceae is a plant safe for cats. Having Mexican rosettes around the house pose no threat to the cat’s safety. It is a safe plant for the cat to chew on.
It is true that not all ferns are safe for your cats, but maidenhair is quite different from other ferns. Cats are curious animals that will always want to get their paws into anything strange and alluring to them. Maidenhair fern is an indoor plant that has been deemed to be a favorite greenery to nibble on. It is safe for cats to eat it.
This plant is a favorite to felines. Not only is it a lovely houseplant, but humans also eat it. A lovely addition to lasagna and other food. Zucchini also appeals to cats even with their love for meat and fish. The squishy part of zucchini is a favorite of cats though all parts of the plant are safe for the cats to eat.
There are various species of honeysuckle plant all of which have no effect on cats except Lonicera Tartaric or Tartarian honeysuckle which affects cats. Honeysuckle is a beautiful houseplant with bright colors that beckons to the cats including its alluring scents. It is safe for cats to nibble on and can be a substitute for catnips, a favorite leaf snack for cats.
This is also referred to as flame violet found in the tropical area of Central America and South America. It is called flame violet probably due to its red flower that catches the eye. Episcia plant is quite safe for cats to nibble on.
Haworthia is part of the succulent family. It is a small, slow-growing plant with showy white knobbed stripes on the leaves. These plants grow well in full light and in humid environments with a lot of soil drainage. Its shape and size are similar to aloe, but unlike aloe, Haworthias is safe for cats.
As the name suggests, the parlor palm is the houseplant par excellence. This plant can withstand low light and cooler temperatures. It forms a Federbaldachin with her elegant vaulted and green leaves. This attractive plant is not only non-toxic but also an excellent air purifier.
Venus Fly Trap
The Venus flytrap is known for its carnivorous nature. It is a strangely beautiful plant, which is lined with lash-shaped teeth, which connect when triggered by prey. The Venus flytrap is originally from the Caroline swamps and is well placed in bright light and moisture. This adorable plant is deadly to mosquitoes and small insects and completely safe for cats.
There are many safe ways to decorate and detoxify the house without harming your cats, although some poisoned poison plants are known for their toxicity. Protect yourself from succulents (especially if you have curious cats), snake plant and oleanders that can even be toxic to children! Vomiting and diarrhea are obvious signs that your cat has a come in contact with a toxic plant.