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What Indoor Plants are Safe For Cats?

Today, we're turning our green thumbs towards a very special topic - our feline friends and the indoor jungle we share with them. If you're a proud plant parent and a dedicated cat owner, you've likely wondered which of your leafy cohabitants are safe for your curious kitties. It's a tale as old as time - cats and their insatiable curiosity, often leading them to nibble on our prized houseplants. But worry not - We're here to put your concerns to rest and help you cultivate a safe, serene, and green space that both you and your furry friend can enjoy. So sit back, keep reading and we'll help you create a cat-friendly indoor garden.
Below is a list of our top 10 Indoor, Cat-Friendly Plants.
  1. Spider Plant - Chlorophytum spp:Chlorophytum species, also known as the Spider Plant, is not only a great indoor plant for its hardy nature and easy-to-maintain characteristics but it is also perfectly safe for your cat. It's non-toxic to cats, meaning your fluffy friends can be as curious as they like without any severe consequences. The long, arching leaves of the Chlorophytum might tempt a playful swat or bite, but rest assured, this green gem poses no harm to your beloved pet. It's the perfect, worry-free addition to your indoor feline-friendly jungle. Plus it looks the business when flowing over a desk or shelf. 
  1. Parlour Palm - Chamaedora elegans: Next on our list is theChamaedorea elegans, more commonly known as the Parlour Palm. This plant is highly sought after for its elegant, feather-like fronds and ability to flourish in low-light conditions, making it a popular choice for indoor plant enthusiasts. But what makes it a real winner for cat owners is it's completely non-toxic to cats. Whether your cat's fascination leads to a simple sniff or a taste test, there's no need for panic. The Parlour Palm offers a sense of tropical beauty to your indoor space but without the worry of any harm to your cat. This plant not only adds a classy touch to your indoor garden but also ensures a safe environment for your feline companion.
  1. Boston Fern - Nephrolepsis spp: The Nephrolepsis spp, or more affectionately known as the Boston Fern, is next on our botanical journey. If your cat is a bit of an explorer with an insatiable curiosity for green, leafy things, then this plant is an ideal choice for your indoor garden. The Boston Fern boasts delicate, feathery fronds that create a lush, dense plant, perfect for occupying window sills or hanging from the ceiling. But the real star quality of this plant - it's entirely non-toxic to cats. If you tabby is a fan of the occasional leafy nibble, this fern won't cause them any harm. The Boston Fern doesn't just bring a touch of the exotic into your home; it also promises a safe playground for your inquisitive pets. This easy-going plant is a must-have for all cat owners seeking to enhance their indoor greenspace.
  1. Chinese Money Plant - Pilea peperomioides: Let's shift our focus onto a plant that, despite its less popular status in recent years, is a fantastic choice for a feline-friendly living space. (In fact, we wrote about the Pilea as one of our very earliest blogs, you can read about it here). The Pilea peperomioides, otherwise known as the Chinese Money Plant. This plant, with its quirky circular leaves that fan out from the stem, has a unique charm that never fails to catch the eye. But it's not just its aesthetic appeal that makes it a winner - it's the fact that it's completely non-toxic to cats. Your curious kitty can sniff, paw, and even take a bite out of this plant without any worry for their health. Its popularity may have dipped, but the Pilea peperomioides is worth considering for its cat-friendly qualities and its potential to add a touch of the unusual to your indoor jungle.
  1. Cast Iron Plant - Aspidistra elatior: Rounding off our top five is the Aspidistra elatior, or as it's commonly known - the Cast Iron Plant. This versatile evergreen perennial earns its name from its well-known resilience. It is tough as nails and can withstand a good deal of neglect, making it an excellent choice for the busy plant parent. It thrives in a variety of light conditions and doesn't demand too much of your time or attention. But what sets it apart for cat owners? Its noteworthy feature is that it's absolutely non-toxic to cats. A harmless taste test by your feline friend won't lead to any trouble. It's robust enough to withstand a bit of rough play from your kitty, and the tall, broad leaves provide a great distraction for cats that like to play with plant foliage. In summary, the Cast Iron Plant is a stellar addition to your indoor garden, offering both aesthetic appeal and peace of mind for cat owners. If you're keen to read more, we've written about this plant here.
  1. Ponytail Palm - Beaucarnea recurvata: The Beaucarnea recurvata, known most commonly as the Ponytail Palm, is the next unusual but endearing addition to our list. With its unique bulbous base and long, arching leaves that mimic the flow of a horse's tail, this plant stands out in any indoor garden. Despite its name, it isn't a palm at all, but a succulent, meaning it requires minimal care and thrives in various light conditions. Best of all, though, it’s non-toxic to cats. No need to worry if your playful feline decides to take a nibble, this plant is entirely safe for your pet. It's the ideal choice for cat owners seeking a low-maintenance, feline-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing addition to their indoor green space.
  1. Rattlesnake Plant - Calathea lancifolia: The Calathea lancifolia, also known as the Rattlesnake Plant, is a striking addition to any indoor garden. This plant is famed for its intricately patterned leaves, which are lined with a stunning mix of green shades and touched with a pop of purple underneath. With its unique rhythmic movement, the plant's leaves rise and fall from day to night as if in tune with a botanical heartbeat. While the Calathea lancifolia certainly boasts a vibrant aesthetic, it also offers an essential benefit for cat owners - it's entirely non-toxic to cats. Your furry friend can sniff, paw, or even nibble on this spectacular plant without any risk of harm. With its pleasing visual appeal and cat-friendly qualities, the Rattlesnake Plant is an excellent candidate for your indoor plant sanctuary, adding a touch of the tropics and ensuring a safe environment for your furry companion.
  1. Zebra Plant - Calathea zebrina: The Calathea zebrina, also known as the Zebra Plant, is an enchanting addition to any indoor plant collection. Known for its distinct leaf patterns that resemble the stripes of a zebra, this plant is a real conversation starter and adds a vibrant splash of life to your home decor. Its leaves exhibit an exciting mix of deep green and purplish hues, making it a visually captivating houseplant. Moreover, the Zebra Plant is fuss-free and doesn't demand a lot of your time or attention. It thrives in lower light conditions and prefers to be kept moist but not waterlogged. Best of all, for cat owners, this plant is entirely non-toxic. Your beloved feline can safely investigate, and even snack on this plant without any harm (although snacking is not recommended). The Zebra Plant is not just a low-maintenance, beautiful indoor plant; it is also an excellent choice for ensuring a safe environment for our furry friends.
  1. Bird’s Nest Fern - Asplenium spp: The Asplenium nidus, or Bird's Nest Fern, makes a lively addition to our list. It is a low-maintenance plant known for its glossy, ripple-edged fronds that radiate from a central, nest-like rosette — giving it a distinct bird's nest appearance. It thrives in low to medium light and prefers slightly moist soil, making it a suitable choice for most indoor conditions. Crucially for cat owners, this plant is entirely non-toxic. Cats can explore without any risk of toxicity. The Bird's Nest Fern is a superb choice for those who want to introduce some lush greenery into their home, while ensuring their indoor environment remains safe for their feline companions. It gives off big jungle vibes, without any of the risks.
  1. Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum: The Platycerium bifurcatum, better known as the Staghorn Fern, is another delightful and safe addition to your indoor plant collection. This fascinating plant stands out due to its unusual growth habit - it grows on a vertical surface mimicking its natural habit of growing on tree trunks in the forest. Its distinct, antler-like fronds are where it derives its common name, adding a unique aesthetic to any indoor space. Besides its striking appearance, the Staghorn Fern thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers to be watered with caution, as it doesn't appreciate waterlogged conditions. Most importantly for cat owners, this plant is entirely non-toxic. With its unique aesthetic and safe nature, the Staghorn Fern makes for a dramatic addition to your indoor jungle, while ensuring peace of mind for those with curious cats.


While being a cat owner does require some extra consideration when it comes to selecting houseplants, there's no need to be disheartened. You can still create a thriving indoor jungle that is safe for your beloved feline companion. The plants listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more fantastic options out there that are non-toxic to cats, allowing you to enjoy the beauty and benefits of indoor plants without compromising your pet's safety. So, don't hesitate to bring some green into your home while keeping peace of mind. There's a whole world of cat-friendly, beautiful indoor plants awaiting discovery. Happy planting!

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