10 Indoor Plants That Are Safe for Cats

Cat-safe Houseplants

I know keeping a home with both cats and plants can be challenging. Cats are notorious plant eaters, and unfortunately, many plants are toxic to them.

Before you buy a plant and add it to your home, make sure it is toxic to your animals. I encourage you to look at multiple sources before purchasing a new plant.

Cats love to eat shrubs, succulents, and flowers, so you should expect them to do the same with your plants. Some plants are tough and can handle cats messing with them, and other plants are more delicate. Roses are safe for cats, but you need to cut off the thorns.

1. Spider plant

This pretty, unpretentious plant will tolerate light, moisture and soil conditions. Other names for the plant: "spider ivy" and "ribbon plant". It is an evergreen flowering plant. Its requirements are simple: keep it in a moderately bright location, keep it at room temperature, and water it once a week from spring to summer.

An added bonus: This plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases toxins like formaldehyde and xylene.

2. African violets

The purple beauty is perfect on the shelf. The plant enjoys moderately bright light, but does not need direct sunlight. I would recommend a window facing northeast or north. They are the perfect plants for growing lights.

Keep the soil moist with lukewarm water, and African violets thrive in moist locations. Cover it with water at least once a month. Purple flowers do not enjoy the haze. Coffee grounds is an excellent homemade fertilizer for plants.

3. Fern sword

The fern is an evergreen plant native to North America. These green forests like moist and shady places. They need good drainage. It can thrive in direct sunlight if there is sufficient moisture. Sword ferns are well suited for bathrooms. The moisture of showers and drains keeps them hydrated and happy.

4. The prayer plant

When the sun goes down, the leaves join hands in prayer. They have zigzag striped leaves with white tips. The spiritual side plant loves well-drained soil. It needs high humidity to grow. It should stay moist, not wet. Use warm water, and feed him every two weeks. This is another plant that does well in a bathroom where it will get full shade and plenty of moisture.

5. Areca Palm

If you want a large plant that makes a statement and doesn't bother your pets, the areca palm may be just what you need. It thrives in indirect light.

Before you get too excited, this is a somewhat finicky plant. If you ignore it, he will get mad at you. It will turn brown if you take it in or under water. They also get messy if: not getting enough or too much light, not enough moisture, over fertilizing, when insects attack them, and a whole host of other scenarios.

6. Palm Salon

Adorably cute and one of the best selling indoor palm plants in the world. It can withstand low light and thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Every week to two weeks, water is required. Before watering again, let the soil dry out. Palm trees love moisture, so you can keep them in your bathroom. Does not tolerate frost. Prefers temperatures from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not place the plant near windows or outside doors.

Remove dust from the plant. You can do this by massaging it three to four times a week. This will help stop spider mite attacks.

7. Ponytail Palm

No palms or trees. It's an exciting one! The horsetail palm is slow growing, drought tolerant, and does not require much maintenance. This plant is perfect for people who have to travel regularly or don't like plants with strict rules.

Ponytail palms are best where they can get plenty of light. They don't do well in direct sunlight. Keep it in a sunny room with low humidity. Water them when they are very dry, about once every two weeks. The plant is susceptible to root rot, so don't overwater. If the soil is moist, it doesn't need a lot of water.

8. Money Tree

They say money doesn't grow on trees, but this tree can reverse that trend. It is popular among feng shui enthusiasts. The money tree is also known as Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Guyana chestnut, provision tree, and saba nut (among other names).

The money tree is said to bring good luck to those who care for it. It is very easy to maintain. If you ignore them for a while, they can recover. The plant is a good air purifier. It prefers spaces with plenty of sunlight.

Water the money tree when the soil is 50%-75% dry. To prevent root rot: filter standing water.

9. Bromeliads

For color and whimsy in your home, choose a bromeliad. You need to give him plenty of sun and plenty of moisture. Air must flow around the plant. It should be damp, not wet. You will water it every two weeks.

To remove retired blooms, use a sharp blade and cut off the blossom stem. Avoid cutting or damaging the rest of the plant. Once you cut off the spent blooms, you can discard them or use them as compost. The plant will flower only once, but it will last for three to six months.

10. Boro's tail or donkey's tail

It is a perennial plant that produces streaming stems up to 2 feet tall. The plant likes partial sun or light shade. Too much sun will burn it. Morning sunlight is recommended for best growth.

It is nontoxic to cats, but you should keep it out of reach of cats anyway. The borough's tail can be difficult to maintain, and a cat that enjoys disturbing the plant may shrivel. I would suggest hanging them up and keeping them somewhere cats can't climb.

Water it sparingly to prevent root rot. I would suggest watering it once every 1-2 weeks.

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