Plants are a common sight in most homes. They help brighten a space, improve air quality, and are also believed to ease anxiety and depression. Sometimes, though, cats can think of them as toys and chew on them during their play sessions, which may result in vomiting, kidney failure, or even death.
It can be hard to keep a plant away from curios paws, so it’s up to you to ensure that the plants you cultivate at home are not toxic to your pets. Fortunately, many beautiful ornamentals are non-toxic to cats, and you can fill your garden and home with them without worries.
Zinnias are easy to care for, and they quickly grow. They are also annuals, which means they grow for one season and produce seeds. The flowers come in a variety of shapes and have bright, single, daisy-like flowerheads that emerge from a single, erect stem. Zinnias love full sun and moderate soil moisture, and the small varieties work well in hanging baskets.
For generations, the African violet has been a staple in many homes. These small houseplants have small fuzzy leaves and produce white, blue, or purple clusters of ruffled flowers that that bloom in low to bright, indirect light. These plants prefer warm temperature, lightly moist soil, and room temperature water.
This once-endangered species is very common in regions with a subtropical or warm climate. The Areca Palm is tall and attractive and has smooth trunks that resemble a bamboo culm, and produces yellow flowers in summer.
This plant is a popular and relatively inexpensive option for those looking for a short-lived palm that can work as an indoor plant. It thrives in average room temperatures of 65 to 75 F. Besides being safe for cats, the Areca Palm also works as an air purifier to keep indoor air quality healthier for you and your pet.
Often called cornflower, the Bachelor’s Button has been adorning European and American homes for centuries. The flowers that come in shades of blue, red, white and pink, love full sunshine. Growing Bachelor’s Button is simple, and caring for it is easy.
Seeds may be started indoors six weeks before the last frost and moved to the garden after frost danger. New plants require watering, but a mature Bachelor’s Button is relatively drought-resistant.
Considered Queen of the winter flowers, Camelia is the perfect ornament to fill a niche in the landscape when nothing much is happening. This attractive evergreen shrub is ranked as one of the best flowering shrubs because of their exquisite blooms that emerge at the beginning of November.
Camellias can live for decades when provided with temperate climates in partial shade and consistently moist soil. The leaves and flowers of this plant are non-toxic to cats and dogs.
These incredibly easy-going and reliable plant has a pungent fragrance that deters even insects. If the scent appeals to your cat, a taste test won’t cause any harm. Marigolds rapidly grow from seeds, love full and direct sunshine, and bloom better and more often in poorer soil.
Snapdragon flowers add a welcome burst of color to the garden throughout the cold weather. The flowers bloom in saturated colors during the spring or fall and stop blooming in the summer heat.
The flowers resemble a calf’s nose, and grow from the bottom of the stalk, working their way up. The flowers and other parts of the plant are not harmful to cats or dogs, so you can fill your flowerbeds and vase with these bountiful blooms without worry.
Bulbs make a great addition to any garden with their dazzling colors, and fragrance. While some varieties can cause diarrhea and vomiting in cats, grape hyacinths are safe to cultivate around pets. This pretty, petite bulb can be grown in beds or containers, and are cold hardy. It has a lovely light scent that brings delight to the cool spring breeze.
If you’re interested in jumping on the succulent bandwagon but are concerned about your cats’ safety, the haworthia is an excellent option.
This attractive little houseplant has fleshy green leaves covered with white, pearly warts or bands that give them a unique appearance. It thrives in place with bright light and requires adequate moisture in summer. Refrain from watering it during winter.
Rose of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon, also known as althea, is a hibiscus plant that bears many attractive blooms. The flowers come in shades of white, red, lavender, or light blue that blossom in August in the United States.
It can grow in severe conditions like drought, heat, humidity, poor soil, and even air pollution. They are also cold hardy. They quickly multiply, and they can invade your garden if not monitored. Often used as a privacy shrub, the Rose of Sharon is generally safe for your cats.
This pet-friendly, attractive succulent is Native to Africa. It produces flowers with thin petals that come in vivid shades, which resemble daisies. The flowers bloom sporadically during the spring. Their leaves are often short and cylindrical with a blue-green hue. They love full and direct sunlight, well-draining soil, and generally prefer warm climates.
Aside from its flowers that come in vibrant, saturated, jewel-toned colors, there’s another reason to grow nasturtium plants: the leaves and flowers are edible and safe for pets.
The leaves and flowers of nasturtiums taste spicy and peppery, but if your cats can’t resist having a bite, they will get their boost of vitamins A and C. Nasturtiums bloom best in full sun, but they do not like extreme heat. While this plant can survive drought conditions, it prefers regular weekly watering.
The Peruvian lily flower is a favorite among florists not only for its bright color but also because it is long-lasting. Households with cats will also love it because it is non-toxic for their pets. Peruvian lilies bloom abundantly in full sun, in fertile, well-draining soil.
Coreopsis is an excellent choice if you are looking for low maintenance, drought-tolerant, long-blooming, and cheerful plant that will not be harmful to your cats. It produces daisy-like bright yellow and orange to pink and red flowers starting from early summer to fall. The coreopsis prefers full sun and warm climate.
This unusual houseplant is famous not for its appearance but its function – eating flies. Fortunately, they are only harmful to insects and not to cats, so your pets are safe when they nibble on this intriguing plant. The Venus flytrap is not difficult to grow, but it needs more water than other houseplants. It requires 12 hours of direct sunlight and is better left unfertilized.
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