Cat Lovers Need to Know Which Plants Are Harmful & Which Are Safe

Cat Lovers Need to Know Which Plants Are Harmful & Which Are Safe

We clearly love cats and we know that you do too.

So, our top priority is to do all we can to see that all kitties are as happy and healthy as possible. Some people keep their cats inside because they have coyotes roaming in their neighborhood or live in a high traffic area. Others can let their cats go outside safely without worrying about predators or cars. 

But, did you know that certain plants can pose a serious risk to your cat? 

Now that summer has started there are a lot of plants starting to bloom now, with many in full bloom already. Beautiful indoor plants along with colorful flower beds and landscaping can enhance a home enormously. They not only look gorgeous, but they also do a wonderful job of keeping the air around us clean and healthy, which we all can benefit from since we’re breathing it in. 

However, it’s important for pet lovers to know that certain very common plants can poison our pets! We’ve put together two lists, one of plants that are toxic to cats and another one of the plants that are safe to have around. This way you can avoid the risk of your cat getting sick or even dying, while still being able to enjoy the benefits of having beautiful safe plants in your environment. 

Unsafe Plants for Cats

  • Lilies are so common, especially as an indoor plant, that we wanted to mention this one first. Because they’re so poisonous to cats (other pets and humans) you need to avoid them at all cost, no matter how far out of the way you plan on placing the pot. Cats have a way of climbing up on everything, so you can’t take the risk. 

 Other unsafe plants are as follows: 

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daisies
  • English Ivy 
  • Hyacinth
  • Kalanchoe
  • Oleander
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Schefflera
  • Tulips
  • Yew

Considered Safe for Cats

  • African Violet
  • Areca Palm
  • Baby Tears
  • Basil
  • Bluebottle
  • Bromeliad
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Gloxinia
  • Orchid
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Spider Plant

This is certainly not a complete list of all the unsafe and safe plants for cats. Again, we must stress the importance of checking with your vet before you bring any plant inside or plant it outside if you have an outdoor cat. 

Grass is Great 

If you’d really like to enhance your home with a plant that your cat can have fun digging into without any risk, we can certainly recommend CAT GRASS. You can often find it in kits and it’s great for cats that are somehow drawn to greenery. 

Cat grass contains Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K and an abundance of minerals, plus amino acids for healthy skin and a lustrous coat. It won’t hurt your cat if he/she eats grass, in fact, it even helps them pass indigestible things like feathers and hairballs. And, if your cat has bad breath, grass can help with that too, which is something we found that out first hand with our cats! 

These cat grass kits have become very popular as gifts because they make such a great project for parents to assemble with their children. Why not get something that both your kids and cats will enjoy?

No planting, just add water!


made with 🧡 for cats - AmazinglyCat

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I have the same problem. 404 code pops up with no link.

Joy Wright

cannot get into the link to buy the cat grass kit; comes up with 404 not found
how can I purchase these?

Mary West

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