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.
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.
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.