Green Fingers | The prettiest Cat-Safe House Plants

April 16, 2017

Plants that are not toxic to pets, cat safe house plants

Image: Design Soda

.

Happy Easter people, I hope you’ve all done you’re duty and consumed your weight in chocolate this weekend. If you are looking for some virtue to alleviate the confectionary sins, then I bring my fellow cat owners a piece on bringing the botanical trend into your home whilst taking care of your pet at the same time! I know, slightly tenuous, but you can thank me later.  I confess, I had absolutely no idea before becoming a cat owner that common plants and flowers could be poisonous to pets.  Until a very dear friend bought me a beautiful bunch of flowers containing Oriental Lily’s and our inquisitive cat brushed her face all over them and had to go to the vets for several days to have her liver flushed, it would have amazed me that plants can kill even by being touched or rubbed and not ingested. As a result I’m pretty careful these days with what greenery I bring into the house, constantly falling down internet black holes of “is (this) toxic to cats?”. The A.S.P.C.A have a pretty comprehensive list of dangerous plants and their side effects, so it’s easy to find what kills and what results in irritation, not everything thankfully has the same dramatic effect of lillies. But as with all things comprehensive it’s not the most handy thing to take with you plant shopping. So, today, I wanted to give you a short list of pretty plants that you can happily buy as a cat owner and a similarly short list of very popular plants at the moment that you perhaps shouldn’t. 

.

Toxic plants to pets cats

.

Bringing in greenery that is cat-safe is not made easy by all of the beautiful house plants that are so in vogue these days, I seem to always be finding exotic beauties that I want but upon research cant have, the rule seems to be ‘if it’s pretty it’s probably dangerous’ which is a bit of a downer to be honest. Pretty well all of the major plant trends of the last two years are highly poisonous to pets, the Monstera cheese plant – toxic, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree – toxic, Mother-in-Laws Tongue – toxic, any Rubber plant – yes you guessed it, toxic! See my visual above of all the popular plants not safe near a curious cat (or dog). Then there’s simple indoor flowering plants, hydrangeas are beautiful but toxic, the essential oil in eucalyptus is deadly to cats. So if, like me, you can’t resist it’s fragrant allure keep it up high and out of reach, on a mantelpiece for example.  And finally there are many varieties of cacti that are best avoided, though to be honest cacti tend to wear their warning in spikes and I take my chances with those even though my cat is silly enough to try and sit on their spiky exteriors (I’ve seen her do it!).

.

cat safe house plants that are not toxic

An Assemblage of Calatheas and an Asplenium proving that not everything pretty is toxic.

Image: Design Soda

.

There are quite a few really lovely indoor plants that are (as far as I can ascertain) harmless to your moggy, one variety of particular note is the Calathea family which have many varied and interesting leaves. I have four kinds, two in the shot above including the Prayer Plant and the Majestica Exotica (with an Asplenium in the foreground, also safe for cats), the Triostar in the shot of the study below, and my third Calathea is the Medallion in the main image at the top of article. Another plant with interesting leaves, which you can see below in the bedroom, and are safe to grow, are all colours of Fittonia (nerve plant) which are terribly pretty, but also tend to do better covered for humidity in terrariums in the UK climate. Here, below, are my five favourite cat-safe house plants, I own all of them and recommend them to any lazy house plant keepers, though I will admit that Calathea in the top image likes a lot of water! There are also varieties of palm, the spider plant and a few succulent plants but for today I’m sticking with the ones I’ve tested for myself. 

.

bohemian modern mid century vintage farrow downpipe modernist study home office styling ideas and inspiration, plants botanicals

The Triostar Calathea adding a note of botanical exoticism to the study.

ideas and inspiration home decor - Scandinavian bohemian white and soft tones natural elements bedroom botanical shelf

Two kinds of Fittonia in a terrarium jar in the bedroom, they are best suited to terrariums in colder climates as they need humidity to flourish, but they are quite safe in the open as far as cats are concerned.

Images: Design Soda

.

Top 5 Pretty Non- Toxic Houseplants for Cats:

.

  1. Fittoniafittonia-plant non toxic cats Image: Brit + Co.
  2. Asplenium asplenium non toxic houseplants to cats Image: Moku Green Blog.
  3. Pepperomia peperomia non toxic houseplants to cats Image: Flora Dania.
  4. Calathea calathea cat safe house plants that are not toxic to pets Image: Noemie Cedille blog
  5. Boston Fern boston fern cat safe house plants that are not toxic to pets Image: Bakker

.

I leave you with a selection of my cat-safe urban jungle below, and as we are talking about cats, I feel it would be amiss not to share my favourite ever picture of the resident tuxedo cat in our house, Dinah, asleep (like a human, because she has grand delusions like that!). If you know of any other pretties I’ve missed out let me know in the comments below.

Dinah cat asleep

Our cat Dinah, making herself at home.

.

cat safe house plants that are not toxic to pets

My urban jungle of non-toxic house plants.

Image: Design Soda

pretty Plants that are not toxic to pets, cat safe house plants

.

Share

Related posts:

2 thoughts on “Green Fingers | The prettiest Cat-Safe House Plants

  1. Karen

    What an incredibly useful post! My husband is dying for a cat, and I’m itching to expand my plant collection so I feel at some point this is going to come in handy haha x

    Reply
    1. Design_Soda_Ruthie Post author

      Haha, thanks Karen, yes sounds like it could come in handy! Our cat was a result of my husbands fixation with getting a cat, be warned she has definitely chosen me as her owner 😂 x

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *