Cat Safe Houseplants List

There's a long list of cat safe houseplants for the Indoor Gardener to choose from. Please note that this is only a sampling of plants from hundreds of possibilities and is by no means a complete list.

In addition to the plants listed, many bromeliads and orchids can be grown safely in a home with cats.

Also remember that while one species might be safe for felines, close plant relatives might be among the plants poisonous to cats.

New varieties of familiar houseplants are added to the market regularly and their safety for your feline may be different than the varieties that are listed as cat safe houseplants. Research before you buy, especially if your cat is prone to nibbling on the greenery.

Also remember that if you're an Indoor Gardener with more than one kind of pet, the list of cat safe houseplants may not be the same as the list of dog safe houseplants, or bird safe houseplants. Check separate lists for toxicity of plants for your specific kind of pet.

Your safest bet is to keep all plants out of the reach of your cat, dog, bird, or pet iguana, unless you've grown it just for them.

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The list below is based on the more extensive list provided by the ASPCA

DISCLAIMER: reports information from research and does not guarantee any of the plants mentioned, for medicinal, decorative, or other uses. Neither the FDA nor any physician have endorsed the uses of plants mentioned on the website. Use plants as food or medicinal products only at your own risk. The information on this page has not been written or checked by a veterinarian, and although the best has been done to keep it accurate, it is published without any guarantee from Indoor Gardener or the ASPCA. Please check with your vet for any further questions. Neither nor the ASPCA can be held liable in any way for information about pets and houseplants as presented on the website.

Miscellaneous Houseplants Safe for Cats

  • African Violet (many species)
  • Aluminum Plant
  • American Rubber Plant
  • Baby's Tears
  • Begonia (many species)
  • Bloodleaf
  • Bottlebrush (some species)
  • Burro's Tail
  • Calathea (lancifolia)
  • Camellia
  • Cape Primrose
  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Chenille Plant
  • Chicken and Hens
  • Chocolate Soldier
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Crossandra
  • Cushon Aloe (but not Aloe vera)
  • Earth Star
  • Echeveria (many species)
  • False aralia
  • Flame-of-the-Woods
  • Flamingo Plant
  • Ginger
  • Gloxinia
  • Goldfish Plant
  • Grape Ivy
  • Impatiens
  • Jasmine
  • Lady's Slipper
  • Lithops
  • Madagascar Jasmine
  • Maranta
  • Mosaic Plant
  • Neoregelia
  • Peperomia (many species)
  • Persian Violet
  • Piggyback Plant
  • Pilea microphylla
  • Pony Tail
  • Prayer Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Velvet Plant
  • Venus Fly Trap
  • Wandering Jew

Indoor Ferns Safe for Cats

  • Boston
  • Button
  • Christmas Dagger
  • Dallas
  • Fish Tail
  • Dwarf Whitman
  • Hare's Foot
  • Holly Fern
  • Nephrolepis
  • Staghorn
  • Sword
  • Yellow Button

Indoor Palms Safe for Cats

  • Areca
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Dwarf Feather
  • Dwarf Palm
  • Fan Tufted
  • Feather
  • Kentia
  • Lady
  • Parlor or Good Luck
  • Yellow

The Indoor Gardener who also has a dog can look into plants poisonous to dogs by clicking the box here:

plants poisonous to dogs

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