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Cat-Friendly Plants… Even when Your Cat is Not Friendly to Them

We all know felines love Catnip but did you know there are a long list of palms and ferns that are great for cat homes. There are lots of succulents too! Q. How do plants practice self-care? A. They try to weed out unnecessary drama!

Most pet owners already know that some species of houseplants can pose a threat to the health of their furry friends.

Here’s an easy reference for anyone looking to add some air purifying goodness to their indoor spaces without compromising the welfare of their pets. Click here to go to our page Bad Plants For Animals.

Everyone knows the one plant named after the feline that enjoys playing with. Catnip is super cheap and easy to grow catnip at home.

All you need is a packet of seeds and a pot of soil, and before you know it your happy kitty will be able to get as stoned as her little heart desires.

Catnip requires full sunlight, so you may need to keep it outdoors. Growing it in a container might be preferable because this member of the mint family can be invasive.

Which Plants Are SAFE For Your Dogs and Cats?

  • Calathea rattlesnake
  • Spider Plant
  • Palms
    • Bamboo, Majesty Palms, Miniature Fishtail Dwarf Palm, Dwarf Palm, Parlor Palm, Good Luck Palm: Palms are hardy plants for indoors or out, depending on climate.
    • Feather Palm: For those seeking a bit of the tropics in their own backyard, feather palms are a close relative of the coconut palm
  • Haworthia
  • Air Plants
  • Money Tree
  • Prayer Plant
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Strawberry: Strawberries aren’t just for the garden; they can also be grown indoors in strawberry pots.
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid, Moth Orchid, Moon Orchid: One of the hardiest of the orchid family, phalaenopsis are widely available and recommended for first-time orchid growers.
  • Zinnia: Zinnias are usually grown from seeds and prefer well-drained soil in an area with full sun. They will reseed themselves, providing flowers you can enjoy year after year.
  • Grape Hyacinth: These are not to be confused with actual grapes, which are EXTREMELY poisonous to pets! But one of Spring’s first and hardiest flowers, hyacinth grows well in rock gardens and containers!
  • Cucumber: The cucumber is a tropical vegetable that thrives in hot climates with plenty of water.
  • Celosia Plumosa or Cocks Comb: Also great in a bouquet, these easy-to-grow flowers prefer rich, moist and well-drained soil.
  • Gerber Daisy, Barberton Daisy, Veldt Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, African Daisy: Beautiful in bouquets or on their own, this perennial comes in a myriad of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red and pink.
  • Oat Grass, typically marketed as “cat grass,” is on our list of cat-friendly plants.

MOST Succulents Are Good For Pets

  • Aeshenanthus (Lipstick Plant, Goldfish Plant)
  • Aeonium
  • Bromeliads
  • Echeveria (Mexican Snowball, Hens and Chickens, Mexican Firecracker)
  • Sedum morganianum (Burros Tail Sedum)
  • Schlumbergera aka Christmas Cactus (non toxic to cats, poisonous to dogs)
  • Peperomia
  • Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)
  • Haworthia (sometimes called ‘pearl plant’)
  • Lithops (Pebble plants, Living Stones)
  • Pachyveria species
  • Hoya
  • Delosperma (Ice Plant)
  • Hylocereus (Queen of the Night, Night Blooming Cereus)
  • Cryptanthus (Earth Star Plant)
  • Stapelia

Oat Grass, typically marketed as “cat grass,” is on our list of cat-friendly plants.

Certain flowers such as roses, sunflowers, roses, and snapdragons are okay for your cat However, tulips are potentially toxic! So are carnations, daffodils, and lilies. Keep these flowers away from your cat and call a vet ASAP if you suspect she ingested any of them.

Check out our page where we share POISONOUS plants!

Let us know your ideas and comments below!

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