Cat-Friendly Plants

Cat-Friendly Plants

Cats love chewing on household plants, so it is important to be mindful when keeping plants in the house. Consider using these cat-friendly plants to put your green thumb on display while keeping your kitty safe.

Please note that while these plants may not be naturally harmful, insecticides and other chemicals used on the plant may be toxic for animals.

Spider Plant

Start with a spider plant if you’re looking for something that is easy to grow and will tolerate a wide range of light, moisture and soil conditions. Along with being a favorite among veterinarians, this plant is a great air-purifier and is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

African Violets

This popular flowering houseplant makes a colorful addition to any home. African violets are able to bloom in low light and thrive in similar environments that most people live in (moderate temperatures and average humidity). 


Succulent lovers should consider haworthia as a safe alternative to faux plants or other dangerous foliage. This plant can be placed in bright light and yields the best results when watered weekly.

Herbs (Basil, Thyme & Mint)

When growing an in-home garden, try using basil, thyme and mint, so that it is safe for your feline to snack on. Place them in direct light, like in a window sill, for an ideal place to grow.


Orchids are pet-safe plants that can last up to four months with proper care. For best results, keep them in partial light, water once a week in the winter and twice a week during warmer months.

Christmas Cacti

Instead of getting a poinsettia during Christmas time, which is poisonous for cats, opt for a Christmas cactus instead. Keep the soil evenly moist when in bloom and place in an area where it can receive indirect sunlight.

Purple Waffle Plant

For those who don’t want a flowering houseplant, the purple waffle plant is a great option that is interesting to look at. Use bright indirect light to maintain the purple coloration without bleaching the leaves. 


Also known as zebra plants or peacock plants, calatheas have large tropical leaves with interesting stripes or stippling. Place in a partially shaded spot in your home, such as a bedroom that doesn’t receive much natural light.

Venus Fly Trap

If you’re just starting out with house plants, you’ll find that a venus fly trap is great because of its low maintenance. This plant thrives in at least four hours of direct sunlight and when watered with distilled water.

Boston Fern

With shaggy fronds, this plant is sure to attract dogs and cats to nibble. Keep your Boston fern in a humid area and someplace where there is a lot of bright, indirect light.