Cat Safe Houseplants
The Indoor Gardener who shares his/her home with a cat needs to know the cat safe houseplants.
I've compiled an abbreviated list including some of the most common choices of plants that are safe to grow in a house shared by a cat.
If you find an exotic plant that you'd like to grow indoors and you're not sure about its safety, call your veterinarian, a University known for its botany department, or your closest poison control centers.
This is by no means a complete list of cat safe houseplants. I've picked some of the most likely plants to be grown indoors; a more complete but still not exhaustive list of plants is available at the ASPCA website.
Never bring a Sago Palm (Cycad) or most members of the Lily family, such as the Easter Lily, into a home shared by an Indoor Gardener and a cat. These are highly toxic to cats and can cause death within days. Click here to read more about plants poisonous to cats.
Grow Special Treats
for Your Tabby
About 75% of cats are genetically drawn to catnip. A member of the mint family, it's easy to grow, even indoors. Your cat, however, might devour it quickly, so plan on starting a new batch every few weeks. Catnip is fun for your feline, but not addictive.
You can also plant cat grass, a healthy alternative to chewing on your other houseplants. At times your cat might eat this in order to get rid of hairballs, so if she/he vomits, don't panic. If you see other symptoms of ingestion of plants poisonous to cats, though, call your vet immediately.
As a pet owner, you might also like to read about plants poisonous to dogs.
DISCLAIMER: Indoor-Gardener.com 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 Indoor-Gardener.com nor the ASPCA can be held liable in any way for information about pets and houseplants as presented on the website.
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