Safe Plants for Cats

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Loving my (outdoor) daffodils!

As the “owner” of two cats, I sometimes get frustrated that I can’t have plants in the house. Aside from the destruction factor, there’s the constant worry that a plant might be poisonous. Several years ago I brought home an Easter lily, unaware of how lethal it was, and ended up panicking in the kitty ER. (Thankfully, the cats had only taken one tiny nibble before I caught them, and were fine.) After that I banned all indoor plants to avoid repeating the experience.

However! To encourage myself and other cat keepers, here’s a list of common plants that are officially NOT poisonous to cats. Bring them into the house with abandon! :)

African violet
Aster
Bachelor’s buttons
Bamboo
Begonia
Camellia
Canna
Christmas cactus
Coleus
Cornflower
Crepe myrtle
Daisies
Ferns
Gardenia
Gloxinia
Hens-and-chicks
Hollyhock
Jasmine
Magnolia
Marigold
Orchids
Palm tree
Pampas grass
Petunia
Pitcher plant
Prayer plant
Rubber tree
Silver tree
Snapdragon
Spider Plant
Sunflower
Sweet William
Umbrella Plant
Venus flytrap
Wandering Jew
Zebra Plant
Zinnia

If you like unusual plants and/or know their scientific names, you can find a more complete list at the ASPCA. :)

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2 Responses to Safe Plants for Cats

  1. Christin says:

    Thank you for this list. I just got asters and mums and was worried. The asters are in cat reach, the mums not.

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