Are you looking for some pet safe plants for your home or garden? Perhaps you have moved into a new place and are concerned that the plants in your yard may not be plants that are safe for cats to eat? Maybe you need some ideas for houseplants safe for cats and dogs that can brighten and soften your living space? Perhaps you are unsure whether you have bought houseplants toxic to cats? Check out some of these fantastic plants that you can safely leave around your pets :
Birds Nest Fern(Asplenium Nidus)
Many people ask “are ferns toxic to cats”, well this one isn’t! These are great low light indoor plants safe for cats. It likes humidity and moist soils but can put up with the odd dry spell. It doesn’t flower but offers abundant greenery. An ideal bathroom plant.
Calathea Rattlesnake (Calathea Lancifolia)
This rattlesnake is not venomous to cats, dogs or humans! The Calathea is safe for pets and likes indirect bright sunshine and to be kept moist in spring and summer but not watered to soggy. Likes some humidity and grows large leaves up to 30 inches tall. Blooms yellow/orange flowers in late season. If the leaves wilt you haven’t watered lightly regularly enough.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Very easy to grow as it loves a wide range of conditions, you will be happy to learn that this is a pet friendly houseplant. Bright indirect light and sporadic watering are all it takes for even the most useless gardener to keep this hardy plant alive and flourishing. A spider will give flowers in the right conditions and will send out tendril offshoots as it looks to become mobile and spread.
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
A popular houseplant that can grow two to six feet tall indoors in pots. Originating from Mexico and Guatemala, this little palm is popular because it grows well in low light conditions and at lower temperatures. Usually potted in clumps, this palm produces narrow, long, green leaves similar to those used on Palm Sunday. It doesn’t produce any flowers but this low light houseplant is safe for cats.
Haworthia Zebra (Haworthia attenuata)
A member of the succulent group of plants, this little plant, reminiscent of cacti, originates from South Africa and is safe for cats and dogs. It has small and has striped leaves, occasionally flowers but rarely when kept indoors. Likes temperatures from 8 to 26 c and enjoys bright indirect sunlight. Related to the aloe plant without the latex that is poisonous to cats.
Xerographica Air Plant (Tillandsia xerographica)
This remarkable little plant requires no bedding – whatsoever! In terms of looks, its fronds/leaves wrap around itself like soft mossy leaves – very unusual but interesting to look at and these are safe plants for cats! It likes bright light and in the correct temperatures can reside inside and out. Watering – how to water an air plant? Misting and soaking. Soak for 15 minutes once every other week or literally submerge it once a month for a few minutes!
Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
Believed to bring financial good fortune to its owner, the money tree plant is another popular house plant that is cat-friendly. Not to be confused with the succulent money plant, they like water once a week and bright but indirect light.
Whilst a money tree plant will look great in your home, it won’t be your cat’s ideal tree. To keep your cat busy and away from your plants check out these cat trees..
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
If you have seen a fern indoors it was probably a Boston fern. Generally reaching 30 cm tall, they can grow much bigger if repotted. These are a cat and dog-friendly house plant that reputedly cleans the air very efficiently. They like bright indirect light and humid conditions so work great in bathrooms. Need lots of watering during the summer period as they don’t appreciate drying out.
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)
The maidenhair fern grows to about 60 cms tall and in diameter but can be kept small by limiting pot size. This fern has more rounded leaves on the fronds than the Boston fern. It doesn’t like bright light but needs humid wet air. Making it a difficult plant to please indoors. Are maidenhair ferns toxic to cats? These finicky plants are safe for your cat but you will end up having to mist them daily, monitor water/humidity conditions, and cosset the damn thing to keep it alive.
Bamboo Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)
Our second palm on the list is a graceful, upright, easy to look at, clumping palm. Very popular due to its good looks and relatively low maintenance. Another plant that is safe for cats, these palms like bright indirect light, misting regularly and watering with soft rainwater once the top layer of their pot has dried out. Keep away from radiators and strong heat sources.
Prayer Plant (Maranta Leuconeura)
This plant derives its name from the weird spectacle of its movement a day gives way to night and vice versa. The plant wilts and recovers with changes of light creating a praying period. The interesting coloration on the leaves make this plant a popular house plant – but they are not easy to maintain. They need moist and highly humid conditions to thrive and prefer bright indirect light.
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus Australis)
A popular house plant, Swedish ivy is prone and grows outwards as a mat or cascades from high spots. Neither a true ivy nor Swedish it is identifiable by its round, evergreen leaves that have a saw tooth edge. This plant is fast-growing and easy to care for. It is not fond of overly bright areas and is often killed by overwatering. Produces white flowers and sometimes creates an aroma when touched.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
The cast iron plant derives its name from the fact it can be neglected without suffering too much long term damage. Broad, floppy leaves that shoot upwards from the pot make this evergreen a popular good looking plant. Able to withstand drought, pest, and poor light means even beginner gardeners find this plant easy to maintain and keep looking good. If you want the nearest thing to an indestructible house plant this is it.
African Violet (Saintpaulia)
Need some cat-safe flowers with color? The African violet is your huckleberry. Obviously, they come from Africa. Specifically Tanzania. They come in a huge range of colors to satisfy any taste and are pretty easy to take care of. They like a bright light to come into bloom but dislike direct sunlight that might scorch fragile leaves. They like room temperature tap water once their compost dries out and regular fertilizing with plant feed.
Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)
This plant is renowned for its easy maintenance and two-tone green fuzzy leaves. Likes indirect low levels of light and occasionally flowers with a pretty little pink flower. Called the friendship plant due to the ease with which cuttings can be grown at speed into plants that can be gifted. Grows to 6 to 12 inches tall.
Lace Flower Vine (Alsobia dianthiflora)
As the name suggests this is a trailing vine offering loads of green soft leaves and in spring a wonderful white flower. A very decorative flower that can be moved outdoors in the summer. This is an easy-care houseplant that can take some neglect. Can be left to dry out between waterings. Favors bright through to shaded light making it easy to grow in most indoor locations.
Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus Radicans)
If you like flowers and the African violet doesn’t do it for you then maybe the lipstick plant is a good candidate. Named after its red flowers that protrude out of darker red tubular sheaths this is a vine that will flower almost continuously in the correct conditions. Provide the vine with bright indirect light and plenty of water and you should get red flowers continuously. Avoid overwatering.
Phalaenopsis Orchid/Moth Orchid
If you want a cat safe flower then the ubiquitous moth orchid is your first port of call. These plants produce a wild amount of blooms for a prolonged period and then go dormant. To restart blooming you have to subject them to cooler nighttime temperatures for about a month and water via an ice cube. The temperature variation draws them out of dormancy and off the bloom again!
Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes Phyllostachya)
The polka dot plant is named due to the obvious pink spots on its broad green leaves. Its spots and dots can vary in color from pink through to scarlet, lavender, and white making these a highly decorative plant. These plants like bright indirect light, moist soils, and require feeding monthly. In lower light levels they will go hunting for light.
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
These cacti are notable for their flat cacti leaves and when flowering their red or white tubular flowers. Easy to manage and maintain, these cacti are a very popular house plant. Non-toxic to cats, humans, and dogs you can safely grow them without fear of poisoning kitty!
Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa)
A climbing plant that has waxy leaves giving rise to its name the wax plant and produces scented flowers making it a very popular house plant. Are hoya plants toxic to cats? As far as we know these plants are non-toxic to cats which is cool because this plant is relatively easy to care for as it likes northern facing windows where the light is bright but indirect. Keep moist during summer months and the plant should flourish and produce many scented flowers.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea)
The ponytail palm is a very distinctive palm that has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to its fantastic shape and display. Although called a palm due to its long shooting fronds that resemble those of some palms, it is, in fact, a member of the succulent family. This makes it easy to care for houseplant as it can take periods of poor low light and can live in semi-dry conditions so is ideal for a lot of areas of the home and lifestyles.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Basil is native to tropical regions from Central America to Asia. There are several well-known variations: Sweet, Thai, and Lemon Basil. Each variation has a slightly different flavor. Well known for its uses in cooking, this herb doesn’t flower but produces large leaves that have a subtle aniseed flavor when used in cooking. Can be grown indoors or outdoors. Growing indoors is easy and requires good bright sunshine and moist well-drained soil. Can cats eat basil? Yes, it is completely non-toxic to cats and humans…
Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Common sage is widely used in cooking. Identifiable by its woody stems, greyish leaves, and blue to purple flowers, sage gives off a woody, pine-like aroma and is used in numerous dishes as a flavoring from sausages through to being sprinkled on meaty dishes for added flavor. Easy to grow indoors and outdoors this herb is a must in any cooks garden or kitchen. It can be planted in direct light and needs well-drained soil but is very hardy and easy to grow. Non-toxic to cats and humans and useful too…
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Another Mediterranean herb that can be grown indoors that is popular with cooks! Is thyme safe for cats to eat? Sure is! Thyme is a low lying shrub that loves sunny dry conditions and flowers with small white or pink flowers through from spring onwards. This is nice and easy to keep indoors due to its drought loving nature and love of sunlight – stick it on a bright windowsill and you are good to go.
Okay, so know you what plants you can have around your home with your cats. There are also some alternative cat trees that your kitten will love – and that are less green but perfectly harmless – you can check them out on Feline Culture.