We all love plants. Whether outdoor or indoor they bring such satisfaction into our lives!
But what about those indoor Cats we all know and love? Are they dreaming of frolicking in fields, cosying up next to some colourful plant life or just looking to breathe some filtered air.
Why not furnish those floorboards with some fabulous plants that are puff-fect feline companions? Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top tips for creating a flourishing and feline-friendly forest in your home.
Good For You, Good For Your Cat
These days, no home is complete without at least a splash of greenery somewhere.
Houseplants continue to grow in popularity. And there are few signs to suggest the obsession is slowing.
Whether your home has a few low-key leaves or is a jam-packed jungle, it’s likely your houseplants are positively impacting you and your cat. Countless studies have linked houseplants with reducing stress, improving mental health, and enhancing the quality of the air in your home.
There’s something deeply fulfilling about watching a living thing thrive. And like plants, pets often boost our wellbeing too. So, making sure your cat and your houseplants can safely coexist is vital.
Which plants are to avoid?
While a home of pussycats and plants may sound perfect, the two can’t always live in harmony. Some plants and flowers are toxic to cats and can result in serious health implications for your furry friend.
Which plants are best?
While there is a surprisingly long list of plants for your whiskered companion to avoid, the good news is that plenty of houseplants are harmless.
Here are some options to ensure your cat won’t put its paws on a problem plant.
Birds Nest Fern
Cat’s like birds, right? And you’ll both like this non-toxic, resilient fern that does well with indirect sunlight and weekly watering.
Scary by name, pet-friendly in nature. The rattlesnake plant features eye-catching patterns and crinkly leaves. It’s low maintenance, requiring indirect sunlight and weekly watering.
Fear not arachnophobes, the spider plant does not come with actual spiders. What it does offer though, is potential. These plants grow quickly and thrive if you put cuttings into water or soil. Best suited to medium/bright indirect light and a weekly water.
These little fellas are houseplant royalty. They’ve long been a go-to option for plant-lovers as they tend to enjoy indoor conditions. The parlour is a handy air purifier and requires indirect light and watering once a week.
The staghorn and your kitty should get along just fine. Especially as this fern requires a pretty laissez faire approach, meaning this houseplant is unlikely to be a higher priority than your cat. Indirect light and watering every one or two weeks.
Will your cat enjoy sitting on a Hawthoria zebra? Maybe not.
Is a Hawthoria zebra toxic to cats? Definitely not.
If you don’t water a Hawthoria zebra for a week or two, will it be cactus? Probably not!
Bright, direct sunlight and only water this durable plant every two or three weeks.
“Money won’t make you happy” they say. But this money tree will make your cat pretty pleased. Indirect light and a watering every one or two weeks.
A little high maintenance. But then again, sometimes it’s worth it. Your furry friend can purify your mood, these palms can purify the air. Bight, indirect sunlight required. Water one to three times a week.
Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant enjoys the darkness. They don’t need direct light and only requires watering once the soil has dried. Simple.
If you’re on the prowl for a longer, more exhaustive list of both toxic and non-toxic plants for cats, check out the ASPCA resource.
What we’re loving
What’s better than a plant that won’t harm your cat? A plant that your cat loves!
It’s natural for cats to nibble on some grass from time to time. It’s just something they do.
So, many cat owners buy cat grass. It grows with the simple combo of water and sunlight, allowing your cat to sample delicious grass from the comfort of your home.
We love Pet Greens’ cat grass and catnip. They deliver either as one-off purchases, or as part of a monthly subscription. That’s cat heaven, directly to your door – or cat flap.
If outdoor space is limited at home, The Cat Park can provide everything your cat could ask for. It features a dream team of buffalo grass, cat grass and catnip, and organic soil.
Birds Nest Fern, Instagram @nature.plants.flowers.life
Calathea Rattlesnake, Instagram @thesillsf
Spider Plant, Instagram @indoorplants_decor
Parlour palm, Instagram @modrngarden
Staghorn fern, Instagram @a.simple.shack
Haworthia Zebra, Instagram @echeveria.lb
Money Tree, Instagram @apollotheauss
Bamboo Palm, Instagram @ahomeyoulove
Cast Iron Plant, Instagram @hass_co_botanics