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

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
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