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10 Cat Safe Plants You Can Grow At Home

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When you love plants but you have a kitty, you need to choose carefully – lots of plants out there are toxic! Thankfully, finding feline-friendly plants doesn’t have to be a chore and that brings us to our subject today.

In this article, we’ve collected 10 non-toxic plants that bring a whole lot of beauty and durability to the table. Best of all, they’re all easy to care for once you’ve gotten to know their simple needs.

All you’ll need to do is pick out your favorites and then you needn’t worry about your cat chewing on the plants – well, at least no more than usual! With that said, let’s take a look at 10 cat safe plants you can grow at home!

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In the sections below we’ve listed 10 non-toxic plant options for you to review and evaluate for your aesthetic and other needs. For each of these, we’ll tell you what kind of soil, watering, and sunlight they’ll require, as well as what you can expect size-wise when they are fully grown.

Let’s take a peek and you can see what you think!

1. Baby rubber plant

Baby Rubber Plants
Baby Rubber Plants
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Piperaceae
  • Scientific Name: Peperomia obtusifolia
  • Other Names: American rubber plant, Pepper face

The shiny, waxy leaves of the Baby rubber plant are large and lovely to look at, and these plants won’t require much of a green thumb – they’re very easy to take care of! Aside from looking good, these plants are also quite durable and this definitely come in handy with a curious feline!

As far as size, you can expect this plant to be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches, fully grown, so it won’t take up a whole lot of space.

Baby rubber plants prefer a soil that is well-draining and organic. A good way to provide this is to add a little perlite and some medium=sized bark chunks into the soil or you could add a little coco coir. As far as sunshine and watering go, give it lots of bright, indirect sunlight and only water it when the top 2 inches of topsoil are dry (usually every week or two, depending on the season and your location).

2. Baby Tears

Baby Tears
Baby Tears
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Urticaceae
  • Scientific Name: Soleirolia soleiroli
  • Other Names: Angel’s tears, Pollyanna plant, Corsican Curse

Baby tears are an excellent option for the windowsill or hanging in a pot! The petite, rounded leaves are a pleasant light green or greenish-gray and as it grows, you’ll get hanging tendrils that your cat is going to love! 

While only about 4 inches tall, these plants get a bit bushy so they’ll be about 36 inches wide at maturity. You’ll also need to trim those tendrils from time to time, but we imagine that your kitty will be able to help you with that!

Baby tears prefer a soil medium that is rich and loamy (a rich soil with compost works nicely) and you’ll want a little perlite so that it’s well-draining. As far as watering, check the top inch of soil – it should always be moist, but never soggy – and this usually means watering every 5 to 7 days. 

They also like bright, indirect light but make sure not to give them direct sunlight – it must be filtered or otherwise indirect, or your plant could scorch.

3. Boston Fern

Boston Fern
Boston Fern
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Nephrolepidaceae
  • Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata
  • Other Names: Sword fern, Tuber Ladder fern

The Boston Fern has a very distinctive appearance, looking much like a leafy lettuce where the light, green leaves have all decided to go their own way. These plants will get to be around 2 to 3 feet when fully grown and they are best for humid environments – so if your location is dry, misting and perhaps a pebble tray will be a must!

Boston ferns like a soil that is organic and loamy, but well-draining, so you might go with a loamy peat mix and a handful of perlite thrown in for good drainage. Watering will usually be twice a week, but check the top inch of soil to be sure – if it’s dry, then it’s time to water, but if it’s moist then the plant is fine. 

Bright, indirect sunlight is best for these plants, so be sure to place it somewhere that this is feasible and your Boston fern should thrive!

4. Calathea Peacock

Calathea makoyana
Calathea makoyana
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Scientific Name: Calathea makoyana
  • Other Names: Cathedral Windows

The Calathea Peacock has a lovely patterning to it, so that it looks like it has dark, green feathers on large, oval, and lighter-colored leaves. New leaves will also be pink and red, so you get a good bit of color from this pet-safe plant. Beginner-friendly and beautiful, this makes a fantastic option if you are looking to add a touch of the exotic to any area of your home with access to indirect light.

These plants can grow to be anywhere between 12 and 48 inches tall, with a spread of 8 to 48 inches, so they will need a moderate amount of space.

As far as your growing medium, the Peacock does well in a soilless mix, such as sand, peat, and perlite. You’ll want to water it usually twice a week, but just check the top inch of your medium and only water when it is dry. Finally, this plant will tolerate low levels of light, but medium, indirect sunlight is ideal!

5. Calathea Prayer Plant

Calathea orbifolia
Calathea orbifolia
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Scientific Name: Calathea orbifolia
  • Other Names: Goeppertia Orbifolia

Calathea Prayer plants are really quite stunning, with the leaves having a feathered pattern that consists of many shades – light and dark – of green, which rather look like they’ve been painted on with a light touch of the brush. You can also get a velvety purple in some of the leaves, and we really recommend looking for the tricolors – some of them will really amaze you.

Calathea Prayer plants will need a modest amount of space, with a mature height of 6 to 12 inches, and a spread of the same.

While they will grow in a regular, well-draining potting soil, something a little more customized is best – a mix of 50% potting soil, along with 20% charcoal, 20% orchid bark, and the remaining 10% perlite is just about perfect! Watering should be done every 1 to 2 weeks or when the top half of the soil is dry and these plants like medium, indirect sunlight.

They’ll grow in low light, but won’t be as colorful, and bright, indirect sunlight can also dim their colors noticeably – so stick to medium, indirect sunlight and the vivid coloration will show you when you’ve got it right!

6. Chinese money plant

Chinese Money Plant
Chinese Money Plant
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Urticaceae
  • Scientific Name: Pilea peperomioides
  • Other Names: Missionary plant, UFO plant, Pancake plant

With shiny, light-green-to-jade leaves and very simple care requirements, the Chinese Money plant is a low-maintenance beauty that both you and the kitty will enjoy having in the home. Considered a ‘lucky plant’ in Chinese culture, if you like this plant then we have some good news – it springs ‘pups’ like nobody’s business, so you can easily cultivate as many as you like!

The easiest commercial soil that you can use for a Chinese Money plant is a succulent soil, and it will do very well in this. You can also whip-up a homemade medium with sand, perlite, and bark and this will be just about perfect.

As far as size, you can expect this plant to grow a modest 12 inches in height, with an 8 to 12 inch spread.

For sunlight, 4 hours of bright, indirect light is best, although this plant will do okay in medium light – as long as there’s a lot of it. Just avoid direct sunlight, as this will easily scorch your plant.

Aside from this, just water your plant whenever the top inch of soil is dry (usually once a week) and rotate it a little every time you water it – that way, as the leaves start ‘following the sunlight’ you can keep your plant from looking a little ‘lopsided’ in the pot!

7. Money Tree

Money Tree
Money Tree
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Scientific Name: Pachira aquatica
  • Other Names: French peanut, Malabar chestnut, Provision tree

If a money plant works, why not go whole hog with a money TREE? Don’t worry, they don’t get so big indoors, so we’re talking about 3 to 6 feet of mini-tree that your kitty is going to love playing around with! The Money tree is also easy on the eyes, sprouting clusters of 5 to 6 oval shaped green leaves in a pattern very similar to a snowflake.

If the idea of a mini-tree in the house sounds good, you’ll want to ensure that it’s got the right soil to get started on the right foot. For Pachira aquatica, this means peat moss mixed with potting soil and a little perlite for proper drainage.

These plants do best in bright to medium, indirect sunlight, and they’ll need about 6 hours of it every day to look their best. For watering, you’ll want to water your money tree once every week or two, and the way to know which is to always wait until the soil is mostly dried out before watering.

When it does, water until the liquid comes out of the bottom of the pot, and then leave it alone until the soil is mostly dried again. Easy-peasy!

8. Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm
Parlor Palm
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Arecaceae
  • Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans
  • Other Names: Neanthe Bella Palm

The Parlor palm has to be one of, if not THE ultimate cat friendly tree that you can grow in your household. While some ‘palms’ you’ll find simply look like the real article, the Parlor palm is a genuine, if tiny, palm tree, that will grow to be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet inside your home.

The distinctive, fanning and feathery green collections of leaves are there, and your cat will have a non-toxic field day with them and likely make the tree a favorite place to hide and stalk.

Raising them is also a piece of cake – for its soil, simply go with a high-quality peat-based soil mix, and you’ll only need to water it when the top inch of soil is dry. Keep a sprayer handy, though, and misting your Parlor palm twice a week will help keep browning leaves at bay with your tropical beauty.

Finally, give it lots of bright, indirect sunlight or even some dappled sunlight and your Parlor palm will always look its best!

9. Rattlesnake Plant

Rattlesnake Plant
Rattlesnake Plant
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Scientific Name: Goeppertia insignis
  • Other Names: Rattlesnake Calathea, Rattlesnake Master

Rattlesnake Calathea is a real looker, with zigzag patterns across light green and dark leaves, which have a purple underside that really pops! Easy to raise, these cat-friendly plants will grow to be between 9 and 20 inches tall, with a slightly thinner spread of 9 to 18 inches.

As far as the soil to use, you can either go with a nice indoor potting soil that has had a handful of perlite added, or invest in some African violet potting soil – it really works well with Rattlesnake plants. For watering, in autumn and the winter you’ll want to only water when the top inch of soil is dry.

Come summer, however, this is when the plant will do its fastest growing, so keep the soil moist – not soggy – with more regular watering and your plant will show its appreciation with healthy growth and a whole lot of color!

For your sunlight, avoid partial shade and direct sunlight, simply give this plant lots of bright, indirect light and it will grow to be its colorful best.

10. Spider Plant

Spider Plant
Spider Plant
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Scientific Name: Chlorophytum comosum
  • Other Names: Spider Ivy, Ribbon plant, Walking Anthericum

An excellent sill or hanging-plant option, the Spider plant produces long, thin leaves that are dark green with a lighter green middle. Those hanging leaves will attract your kitty but don’t worry, they’re completely non-toxic and there’s enough of them that the occasional ‘severed and stolen’ leaf won’t detract much from the overall display.

Spider plants can grow to be 12 to 24 inches high, with a wider spread of 12 to 36 inches, and in the spring you’ll see some lovely, modest white flowers appearing on the stems.

Housing your Spider plant is easy to do, requiring only a potting soil that you’ve amended with drainage in mind by adding a little perlite and vermiculite. Watering is an easy task indeed, as you can wait until the soil is 50%-75% dried out – just fill it with water until it comes out of the bottom.

Keep it out of direct sunlight, but keep it in bright, direct light and before you know it, you’ll have a whole lot of Spider plants for you and your kitty to enjoy!

FAQ

It’s just about time to call it a day, but before we go we’d like to share a few frequently asked questions so that you’ll get a little extra info that you can put to good use later. Let’s take a look at those and then we’ll get to formally wrapping things up!

Are pothos safe for cats?

Philodendron scandens, also known as Pothos and Devil’s Ivy, are toxic to both cats and dogs. The problem is that this plant has tiny oxalate crystals on the stems, which can cause itchiness, swelling, and overall irritation if ingested by pets.

Vomiting can result from this but worse, difficulty breathing may arise, so if your pet has gotten into the pothos then an immediate trip to the vet is the safest option.

Is Aloe Vera OK for cats?

While Aloe is famous for its healing properties, it is toxic for cats if they eat it. Ingestion of this plant’s leaves may cause diarrhea and vomiting, as well as dehydration as a result. As such, if you have an aloe plant, it needs to be kept somewhere that your cat cannot access.

What plant smell do cats hate?

If you want your cat to keep a distance from your other plants, then there are a few natural scents that you may employ by either planting the plants or utilizing the right essential oils. Scents that cats seem to despise include lemon thyme, lavender, rue, and pennyroyal.

Conclusion

Today we’ve taken a look at 10 Cat safe plants you can grow at home and as you can see, you’ve got a whole lot of choices that will really spice up your décor and keep your kitty entertained. Parlor palms, for instance, only get up to 6 feet and come with numerous lovely fronds that are sure to delight your pet.

Other options like Money plants and Boston ferns can give a classy, wholesome flavor to any room, while others like Calathea Peacock and Rattlesnake plant can add a touch of the exotic. Whatever you choose, these plants are all non-toxic so you won’t have to worry if your cat gets into them.

We’d like to thank you so much for visiting today and if you enjoyed the article or simply want to share some of your own cat-safe favorites then be sure to leave a word in the comments. Until next time, we wish you and yours the very best!

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