Avoiding CATastrophe: Top Cat-Friendly Plants

Cats and plants are like peanut butter and bacon: most people really like both, but they don’t always go together. If you get creative you could probably make the combination work (it’s true there’s lots of recipes online), but you could also just replace the bacon with jelly and call it a day.

Whether or not that analogy made sense to you, if you have cats its important to know which plants are cat-friendly and which plants are cat-no no’s so that all the living things in your home can reside in harmony. 

Warning: a number of cat puns have infiltrated the remainder of the post.

Cat-friendly Plants

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants look lovely when hung, especially in a nice macramé plant hanger. Hang your spider plant nice and high so your cat won’t be purr-suaded to take a bite.

Hanging pot with spider plant

Terrariums of air plants and succulents
Cats may mistake the whimsical appearance of air plants for feathers or toys, so a hanging terrarium can be helpful for keeping air plants and succulents protected. While air plants may not be toxic to your cat, they can be small enough to be eaten whole, which will definitely leave your kitty not feline so well.

Succulent in terrarium

Areca palms (Dypsis lutescens)
The areca palm is a nice large house palm that doesn’t require much maintenance or water. It’s paw-sible you’ve also heard of these plants by the names of the butterfly palm, yellow palm, or the golden cane palm. We recommend you get one right meow.

Potted palmsMoney plants (Pachira aquatica)
Often seen with braided trunks, money plants are believed to bring good fortune to those who own them. Between keeping your cat healthy and bringing you good luck, we’d say this plant is purrrfect for you!

Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston ferns are popular plants that are easy to find, and they make great starter house plants for plant beginners. They do well in home and office settings and are paw-sitively stunning!

Boston Fern on an office desk

Cat-toxic Plants

Sadly, there are a number of plants that fall into the cat-egory of being poisonous to cats. These include monsteras, lilies, and snake plants among others. If you’re not sure if the plants you currently own or are interested in buying are toxic to your cats, you can visit the ASPCA’s website for a complete list of poisonous plants.

Cat-proofing your plants

It can be so de-purr-essing to find out that your favorite house plants do not mesh with your feline friends, so if you do want to have both at home, we’ve got a few suggestions for cat-proofing those plants you just can’t do without. These recommendations apply to your other plants as well, since even non-toxic plants may hurt your cat’s stomach.

  • Keep your plants away from your cat by hanging them, shelving them, or putting them in a terrarium. Cats can be very clever and athletic, so even if your plant is high up make sure its in a strategically difficult location for your little cathlete.
  • Spray your plants with a diluted solution of citrus and vinegar. Be careful if you choose to go this route however, because non-diluted vinegar is not great for plants.
  • Distract your cat from your other plants with cat-approved plants like catnip and valerian.

Well there you have it, all the best ways to combine your peanut butter and bacon. Plant Nation, what cat-proofing techniques have you tried for your plants? Share your favorite photos on Instagram of your pets and plants using our tag #upp!


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