Cat Safe Houseplants

My cats are outdoor cats and play outside year-round. Winters here in Minnesota can be pretty brutal. Our cats get extremely bored during the winter months and start eating the houseplants! Many common house plants can be poisonous to your cat– resulting in drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea when ingested. That’s why I created this post to share a few of my favorite dog and cat safe house plants.

Please know that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats.

Why Do Cats Eat Plants?

No one knows precisely why cats eat grass or houseplants, but there are a couple of theories. According to DR. Wailani Sung, cats may turn to grass or plants is to help aid in an upset stomach due to food allergies or inflammatory bowel disease. Grass can induce vomiting, and it may be the cats’ way to eliminate something in their stomach, making them feel uncomfortable.

Another theory suggests grass may provide some of the nutrients or vitamins that could be missing in their diet.

List of Cat-Safe Houseplants

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  • Additional Common Names: Horse’s Tail, Donkey’s Tail
  • Scientific Name: Sedum morganianum
  • Family: Crassulaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats
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  • Scientific Name: Calathea spp.
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses
  • Additional Common Names: Ribbon Plant, Spider Plant, Spider Ivy
  • Scientific Name: Chlorophytum comosum
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses
  • Additional Common Names: Elephant-foot Tree, Pony Tail Plant
  • Scientific Name: Beaucarnea recurvata
  • Family: Agavaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses
  • Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats
  • Scientific Name: Haworthia species
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats

Keep in mind that the majority of plants are relatively safe but may cause vomiting and diarrhea. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has an extensive Toxic, and Non-Toxic Plants List if you are looking for more information. Of course, if you see your cat eating a plant, and you’re not sure it’s safe, call your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for life-saving information

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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