Indoor House Plants Safe for Cats

Updated February 21, 2017

If you own an indoor cat, you want to provide it with the safest environment in which to live and play. Many cats like to chew on houseplants, which can be a potential health risk unless you make sure the plants are nontoxic before you bring them into your home.


Catnip (Nepeta cataria L.) is a perennial plant that is often grown indoors for cats. It is also called catmint or catwort. According to Purdue University, catnip is a behaviour-modifying drug for cats. It acts as a stimulant, but is a safe plant for cats and is often used inside cat toys. The plant prefers full sunlight and moist, well-drained soils. It grows up to 3-1/2 feet tall and is often considered a weed when it is found in gardens.

African Violet

The African violet (Saintpaulia) is a flowering perennial that prefers bright, indirect sunlight and moist, well-drained soils. They can thrive under artificial lighting when natural light is unavailable, but need a moist humid climate. This can be achieved by placing the potted plants in a shallow dish of water and pebbles. They are easy to care for and come in a wide variety of colours including blue, violet, pink and yellow. African violets make excellent houseplants, because they are safe for cats and other animals and they can tolerate a degree of neglect.

Gerber Daisy

The gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a flowering perennial that prefers full sunlight and moist, well-drained soils. The flowers bloom in spring and are large and ornamental. They have a range pf colours, including orange, white, pink, red, yellow and violet. They are commonly used as a cut flower in flower arrangements and can be grown indoors year-round. The plants are safe for all animals, including cats.


The orchid (Orchidaceae) is a large family of perennial flowers that come is a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The flowers bloom year-round and come in a several colours including white, purple, pink, yellow and burgundy. They can grow to 2 inches or over 5 feet tall. Houseplants prefer bright, indirect light and moist, well-drained soils. Orchids should be kept humid by lightly misting with a spray bottle daily. The plants are completely safe for cats.

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