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Purr-fectly Safe: Cat Safe Indoor Plants Your Cat Will Love

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Create a jungle for your indoor kitty without sacrificing your beloved houseplants! Cats and plants don’t always mix well, but fear not – we’ve got the purr-fect solution. Discover the top plants that will satisfy your cat’s curious nature and keep your green friends safe. Say goodbye to chewed leaves and knocked-over pots and hello to a harmonious home where both you and your feline friend can flourish. Let’s dive into the world of cat-friendly gardening!

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

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Catnip, a member of the mint family, is a crowd-pleaser for cats. Thriving in bright light and growing in an 8″ diameter pot is easy. Offering euphoric effects, it’s a playful treat for your kitty, and bonus – humans can enjoy it as a calming tea.

Cat Grass (Dactylis glomerata)

Cat Grass

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Cat grass, including oats, barley, or wheat, aids digestion and distracts cats from your houseplants. It’s a must-have with moderate light and a 4 to 6″ diameter pot. Succession planting ensures a constant supply for your feline friend’s pleasure.

Cat Thyme (Teucrium marum)

Cat Thyme (Teucrium marum)

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Resembling thyme but closer to germander, cat thyme’s silvery leaves are irresistible for cats. Grown in a 10″ diameter pot with bright light, it induces playfulness, making it an excellent addition to your cat’s haven.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

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Not all cats react to catnip, so try valerian. With bright to bright, indirect light and a 10″ diameter pot, it induces a euphoric, playful effect similar to catnip. Fragrant and sweet-smelling, it’s a delightful addition.

Silver Vine (Actinidia polygama)

Silver Vine (Actinidia polygama)

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Originating from Asia, the silver vine, with its silver-tipped leaves, attracts more cats than catnip. Grown in bright light with a 10″ diameter pot, it offers a euphoric, playful effect, making it an excellent alternative for cat entertainment.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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The spider plant, renowned for its gracefully arching leaves and undemanding nature, is a cat-friendly delight. Flourishing in indirect light and well-draining soil, it becomes a perfect addition to your indoor cat garden. With air-purifying qualities, this plant charms your feline friend and enhances your home’s overall environment. It’s compatible with USDA Zones 9-11 households or as a thriving houseplant.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

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A kitchen essential, basil is not just a culinary delight but also a cat-friendly choice. Non-toxic to cats, basil prefers abundant sunlight and well-drained soil. It serves as a seasoning superstar and your cat’s green companion, adding freshness to your indoor space. It flourishes best indoors or in the warmth of USDA Zones 10-11.

Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

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Featuring feathery fronds, the areca palm is a stylish and cat-safe addition to indoor greenery. Thriving in bright, indirect light and well-moistened soil adds a touch of tropical elegance to your cat’s haven. This palm elevates your décor and keeps your cat’s environment lush and worry-free. It flourishes ideally in USDA Zones 10-12 or as a vibrant indoor plant.

Calathea (Calathea spp.)

Calathea (Calathea spp.)

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Calathea, boasting vibrant foliage, is a cat-friendly marvel. Preferring a light spectrum from low to bright indirect light and consistently moist soil brings both color and harmony to your cat’s sanctuary. With its unique patterns and cat-safe nature, Calathea is a perfect choice for your indoor garden. It is suited for USDA Zones 10-12 or as a captivating houseplant.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

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Lemon balm, with its refreshing citrus scent, not only pleases your senses but is also safe for your feline friends. Enjoying partial shade and well-drained soil adds a zesty touch to your cat’s green retreat. With its cat-friendly properties, Lemon balm is a versatile herb that caters to your gardening and kitty companionship needs. Flourishing in USDA Zones 4-9 or as a delightful potted plant in your indoor oasis.

Conclusion

Transform your home into a feline oasis with these cat-approved plants. By dedicating a little space to your cat’s green haven, you protect your precious houseplants and nurture your cat’s well-being. From the classic catnip to the enchanting silver vine, these plants create a delightful, safe environment where your cat can play, nap, and thrive. Embrace the joy of indoor gardening tailored for you and your beloved furry companion!

 

Other Plant Guides from Planet Natural:

Catmint Guide: How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Nepeta

Is Cat Palm Safe for Cats + Complete Care Guide

Top 12 Non-Toxic and Low Maintenance Pet-Friendly Houseplants for Your Home