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Pet-Safe Plants for Cats

Non-toxic plants that are safe for pets

One of life's greatest joys is having plants. Another one is becoming a proud pet owner. Those two can go together, and we'll show you how! Cats are very curious creatures, and some like a little nibble too. If your cat’s an inquisitive muncher, there’s no need to panic - you can still have plants and pets under one roof. This collection only contains plants that are safe for cats, according to the best research available.

Gorgeous Cat-Friendly Houseplants

Cats are curious creatures by nature. If your cat is allowed to go outside, you'll likely have seen them eat grass before (there are different theories to explain why they do - none of them proven.) So, it's no surprise that once they're indoors, they also show an interest in your lovely houseplants. Maybe your furry friend has a little taste of your plants too, which is probably why you’re here.

Rest assured that even if some of your plants are toxic, this does not mean you have to choose between your green friends and your furry friends! There are plenty of beautiful plant varieties that are pet friendly, and there are things you can do to keep your toxic plants and pets apart. For example, you could try keeping the plants in a room where your cat doesn't venture too much, or in a spot they can't reach (hint: hanging baskets come in handy here). Ultimately, do what feels right to you. Whether you create a green oasis solely out of safe plants for your cat or you mix it up is up to you.

Sun-Loving Plants

If you'd like to green up your windowsill, make sure you’re picking plants that can handle some full sun. Look for sturdy plants with desert-like origins. The Ponytail Palm has grass-like leaves sticking out of its bulbous trunk. Its trunk is why the Beaucarnea recurvata is also commonly known as elephant's foot. Since it's non-toxic AND super easy to care for, it's a great plant for everyone.

Or how about creating a Mediterranean vibe in your home with an Olive Tree. Since it's a few feet tall, your cat will have a harder time chewing on its leaves. But even if it would, that wouldn't be an issue since it's not toxic to cats or dogs. This tree loves the sun and warmth, so you can keep it outside during the summer, just make sure it gets ample water.

Safe Plants for Cats That Thrive in Bright Indirect Light

Surprising as it may seem, lots of succulents are actually on the pet-safe end of the spectrum. One curious-looking (and feline-friendly!) example is the Fishbone Cactus. Its long green stems have wavy edges. Pop it in a bright spot, and it will be happy! With a bit of extra attention, you may even get it to flower in summer.

Another gorgeous group of (generally pet-friendly) plants are Ferns. When you think of ferns, you might think of seemingly dark forest floors. But they are an incredibly diverse bunch, with different light preferences. Since they do tend to originate from the tropics, most prefer higher humidity levels. This makes them a great choice for kitchens or bathrooms.

Bring a unique looking plant into your home with the Staghorn Fern. Its fronds can climb and trail since its foliage is divided into upper and lower leaves. The upper leaves are where it gets its name from. In its natural environment, it uses the lower leaves to catch insects as a nutrient source. Its look makes it a great feature plant!

Calling all fans of the urban jungle look! The Boston Fern is not off-limits for you (or your pets). Quite a relief, especially since it's such a vibrant, lush plant that also helps to improve air quality. It's one of the most effective air-purifying plants we know, so take a deep breath of fresh, clean air.

Plants For Darker Spaces

All plants need sunlight. However, each variety has different needs, which means that some will prefer a dimmer corner in your home. One with stunning, burgundy-coloured leaves is the Peperomia caperata 'Schumi Red'. Due to its size, it's easy to find some space on a shelf or table for it.

According to feng shui, the Money Tree's leaves will capture good fortune, positive energy and happiness. Unfortunately, we cannot make any such promises. But what we are sure of is that its braided trunk and bright leaves will draw your attention whenever you enter the room. This super hardy tree can cope with various light levels, making it a super versatile houseplant.

Why Plants Are Good For Body and Soul

Having cats is very rewarding as you're developing a relationship with one another. Some parts of looking after cats are more fun than others, but it's definitely worth it! Having plants adds to this nurturing energy you're fostering within yourself. As you're becoming more content and mindful, you'll find that you start more actively engaging in self-care.

Calatheas are true wonders when it comes to our wellbeing philosophy. They improve the air quality, and they have loads of features that our mind positively responds to. Some of the prayer plants in this edit, like the Calathea Medallion, are also cat-friendly. Let them positively affect your wellbeing whilst adding lush colours to your plant collection.

As we're spending more time in a concrete jungle than a natural one, we're losing touch with nature. Introducing plants into your house or flat can reignite this connection. Studies have shown that being surrounded by plants - even if that's in a room – lifts our mood and helps us relax. For this effect, we don't even need to be actively paying attention to the greenery.

Another Bonus: Fresher and Cleaner Air

A much-loved classic in the pet-friendly plant world is the Areca Palm, frequently called Butterfly Palm. This palm is a real all-rounder: low maintenance, cat-friendly; all whilst being a natural humidifier and air purifier. The palm can filter airborne toxins from the air, keeping them out of your lungs. Plus, it releases moisture into the air, helping to improve humidifiers. This can help your airways as well as dry skin, especially in winter.