Safe and cat-friendly indoor plants for your furry feline
No longer do you have to scrap the idea of having greenery in your home on account of your furry friends. There is a middle ground! We have laid it all out for you in this blog.
Begin by ensuring that the plants you have are not harmful to your kitties. You can do so by checking the scientific names of the plants. To help you, the ASPCA has compiled an extensive list of non-toxic, animal-friendly plants (and they have an app you can take with you when shopping for plants!). Here are a few plants to try:
1. PONYTAIL PALM
Its original or scientific name is Beaucarnea recurvata. This palm tree dangles like hair and also serves as an air purifier. It grows best in low light. Consider adding this potted plant to a room as a conversation piece! Your cat may be intrigued by its fronds.
2. AIR PLANTS
The scientific name for this one is Tillandsia varieties. They are often called ‘air plants’. Delicate and easy to maintain, all you need do is soak them in water once a week. They rely on air and water to thrive, and their roots are tiny. They look great in hanging planters and on the tabletop.
3. RATTLESNAKE PLANT
This one has nothing to do with snakes! On the contrary, this one is quite the healer. Its scientifically assigned name, Calathea Lancifolia, alludes to its wavy, striped texture and vibrant colours of green and deep purple. This plant adds a unique vibe to any indoor garden and leaves guests awe-inspired. They are low-maintenance.
4. CALATHEA PEACOCK
Scientifically known as Calathea Makoyana, this one ticks all the boxes. It is non-toxic to cats and air-purifying. It is similar to the Rattlesnake Plant in its appeal. If you have not yet purchased this one , then this might just be your new found favourite in B-town. ‘B’ here stands for Botany.
5. STAGHORN FERN
Platycerium bifurcatum is its scientific name. This one is non-toxic to both cats and dogs. Also, they are easy to maintain. All you need to do is give them moderate exposure to sunlight. In terms of watering, they require very little. Just do so once a week, and these wave-patterned ferns will not only survive but thrive.
6. CAST-IRON PLANT
Scientifically known as Aspidistra elatior, it is an optimal plant for houses with cats. It is suitable for those seeking a new addition to their living space. The only ask is an occasional grooming sesh which involves wiping down the large green leaves and feeding the soil every few months.
7. PEPEROMIA WATERMELON
The scientific name is Peperomia argyreia. This small plant has attractive oval-shaped dark-green striped leaves and red stems. Note that this one does not bear the fruit (just putting it out there). It is non-toxic to cats and rids toxins from the air.
We’re Here To Help!
Need advice on your feline friend, and the safest plants for your home or garden? Visit with Dr. Sandy and his team at The Cat Hospital in Kamloops, BC. Call us for your next appointment!