House Plants Safe For Cats
House plants safe for cats? As a cat and dog owner I was always aware of the fact that some indoor plants are very dangerous for our pets. Some plants contain toxic substances that can lead to poisoning or allergies.
Particularly cats that are kept indoors like to chew on greenery and they don't know which house plants are safe for cats! Supplying some cat grass might be a good idea to keep your house cat from chewing on your plants.
Other plants like for example Agaves have very sharp thorns that can lead to wounds or even worse: eye injuries. This is particularly dangerous for cats if you keep thorny house plants near windows. Some of my cats are always around the windows trying to catch flies. They could easily hurt themselves on thorny plants while hunting for flies.
Another danger for cats and other pets can be fertilized water that plants have not soaked up completely. All my cats like to drink out of the saucers underneath my plants and one of them is always trying to 'help' when I am watering my plants. I am extra careful when I am feeding the plants and keep him locked away.
Chemical pest sprays or fungicides can of course be dangerous for cats. It might be best to use organic or home made pest spray if necessary. Biological pest control with beneficial insects is guaranteed harmless for your pet.
Another problem with cats might be that they think plant pots make great toilets! You will have that problem particularly if you have large house plants with big containers. They just love to scratch in the potting compost, spread it all over the place and use it as a toilet. That of course is not very good for your plants...and of course it is very messy!
The best way to combat that is with a layer of pebbles or flat stones on top of the soil. I use stones that are at least 2 inches or bigger. The cats are well able to scratch the smaller stones out of their way.
Cat friendly house plants are neither toxic or have thorns that can harm your pet. Choose house plants safe for cats from the list below.