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Cat-friendly (and not so friendly) indoor plants

nunodesign
Published on November 6th 2019
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A cat sitting on top of a green plant
At Decorex in Cape Town, two cat owners approached me looking for information on which indoor plants are safe for their cats. There is a minefield of often conflicting information on the internet…
I have condensed the information I found into two lists – those safe for cats and further on, those NOT safe for cats.
I hope this is helpful…please use it as a guideline only and do further research for yourself. And always keep a pot of ‘cat grass’ and a pot of catnip (when in season) available for your cat! Plant material is an essential source of probiotics for cats.

Houseplants safe for cats

African Violet

Saintpaulia spp.

Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra spp.

Aralia

Aralia spp.

Areca Palm

Dypsis spp.

Houseplants NOT safe for cats

A
B
C
D
E
(E.g. Penny Gum in your vase!)
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
Lilies:
M-N
O
P
Philodendron (Heartleaf Philodendron, P. scandens, P. selloum)
Q-R-S
T
U-V-W
X-Y-Z
Bibliography
Not safe for cats (as accessed 18/05/2019)
  1. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/
Safe for cats (as accessed 18/05/2019)
2. http://www.tailsmart.com/11-detoxifying-plants-that-are-safe-for-cats-and-dogs/
3. https://www.wideopenpets.com/10-purifying-houseplants-that-are-safe-for-cats-and-dogs/
4. https://www.decoist.com/2014-08-15/pet-safe-houseplants-ideas-displays/
5. https://www.indoor-gardener.com/cat-safe-houseplants-list.html