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Worry-Free Houseplants with Cats Around

You're ready to have houseplants, but you love your cat and wish for them to be safe. What if they sneak a snack from one of your plants? Let's discuss the mysteries of cats, houseplants, and which ones can you enjoy safely together in your own home.

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  1. Air plants (Tillandsia stricta)

  2. Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)

  3. Baby's tears (Soleirolia soleriolii)

  4. Boston fern (Nephrolepis)

  5. Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata) & most members of the fern family

  6. Bromeliad (Bromliaceae)

  7. Calathea (Calathea spp.)

  8. Cat palm (Chamaedorea catacractarum)

  9. Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)

  10. Echeveria (Echeveria spp.)

  11. Haworthia (Haworthia spp.)

  12. Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

  13. Money tree (Pachira aquatica)

  14. Orchids (Orchidaceae spp.)

  15. Peperomia (Peperomia spp.)

  16. Polka dot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

  17. Red prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura var. Erythroneura)

  18. Spider plant (Chlorophytum)

  19. Stromanthe triostar (Stromanthe sanguinea)

  20. Venus fly trap (Dionaea muscipula)


All of these are considered pet-friendly plants. They are safe for you to enjoy with your cat. It really takes the worry out of rumors of cats & houseplants not getting along. With so many pet-friendly plants, it might even get you thinking a little bit...


Did you know that houseplants like to be together? Houseplants that are grouped together in a common space more efficiently use their water and air humidity. How? Generally, the name given is a microclimate. Houseplants that are grouped together also create a visually stunning space. Cats may find these places fun to play around or even squeeze between the pots to do a little sunbeam harvesting themselves. Wherever there's more than one plant, the group has a better chance of surviving cat antics.


If you are on the fence about which to get, consider the ease of growing, the lighting in the area you will set the plant, and whether or not you will allow your cat to have a munchy snack of the plant. All of the plants listed are safe for your cat, but how quickly will the plant you choose recover from kitty's nibbles? Are you hoping for big plants in plain corner? Or small plants to brighten a workspace? Let's talk a little more about the ones on our list, and what might make them purrfect additions to your household.


  1. Air Plants (Tillandsia stricta) has grown in popularity with hobby houseplant enthusiast. This plant takes very little water, loves a good sunny spot, and are consider low maintenance. Typically, these are tiny plants and easy to find a place to put them in workspace or a home.

  2. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) can bring an exotic feel to the indoors. Being part of the palm family, you'll want to make sure you have the extra space for this larger indoor plant.

  3. Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleriolii), aka Angel's Tears, Peace in the Home, and Bread & Cheese plant. Makes a wonderful spiller or draping plant for all those hanging baskets and macramé holders.

  4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis) iconically seen hanging upon large porches during the summertime. This plant is native to the Americas and has a very bush-like feel. It's been a longtime favorite of many plant lovers.

  5. Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata) very similar in looks to the previously mentioned Boston Fern, but a much more elegant name. These ferns are considered to be native to Australia. Unlike the more popular Boston Fern, Kimberley Queen Ferns prefer to stay as indoor only plants here in North America.

  6. Bromeliad (Bromliaceae) covers over 3,700 species of plants in one category! Within this grouping you find some fun pineapple plants. Although many people may dream of their own pineapples being produced, many times these plants are just happy growing little by little and reaching for the sun through the window. Bushy spacing required.

  7. Calathea (Calathea spp.) covers many species. One of the more well known among houseplants is the Prayer Plant. These often striped large leaves can come in variety of sizes. From tabletop to corner filler, these plants are gentle beauties to add to your sunny spaces.

  8. Cat Palm (Chamaedorea catacractarum) MEOW! What a great name! If you're considering an additional plant to make a wonderful collection, Cat Palm can bring some elegance into your large warm sunny places.

  9. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) aka Pancake Plant or Missionary Plant has been growing in fame. It's considered to be among the easy-care houseplants. Its wonderful shape makes it a nice filler. A great little companion to taller plants or draping plants.

  10. Echeveria (Echeveria spp.) a very popular native to the Americas and part of the succulent grouping of plants. These have captured the imaginations and attention of many houseplant keepers. Warning! You can't just have one. These plants convey the need for another plant friend, and maybe another! This might even drive some to try and collect them all.

  11. Haworthia (Haworthia spp.) also contains wonderful and weird plants grouped into the succulents. If you're new to houseplants and pets together, you're going to adore these little space-like plant friends. If you're not new to houseplants, I know you've got your eye on adding a few of these little guys to your collection. Good news! They're considered perfectly safe to keep with pets around.

  12. Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) another succulent grouped plant, that might make you look twice. This green twiggy-like plant makes a wonderful spiller or drape plant for hanging baskets.

  13. Money tree (Pachira aquatica) is a great option if you love the idea of tiny tree. This is almost impossible to refuse to add to ones home if they happen to be a fan of Groot from the Marvels Comics. The twisted base looks like a massive of branches grown together to form a single character.

  14. Orchids (Orchidaceae spp.) a long-time eye-pleasure is not for those who are looking for simple care. If you're ready to get a houseplant that wants more than average amount of particular attention, then the wondrously beautiful orchids are for you.

  15. Peperomia (Peperomia spp.) comes in variety of styles, hues, and sizes. They make a great addition to a group of houseplants, or to brighten up a quiet workspace.

  16. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) can bring a splash of color into any room. These fun, speckled plants come in many unexpected colors. If you already have houseplants, I'd recommend adding a Polka Dot Plant (or three) to the mix. If you're thinking about starting a houseplant hobby, consider putting one of these onto your list.

  17. Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura var. Erythroneura) is fun starter. You may adopt a little dixie cup size plant, but it will not take too long before you get to see your new household addition growing little by little. These plants can become the size of bush or micro tree. Their patterns make them a wonderful addition to your sunny spaces.

  18. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum) reign with long-time popularity in houseplants. They're wonderful in hanging baskets. Spider plants are known to be prolific baby-makers. They send shoots out from their many plants, in search of any nearby available dirt plots. Spider plants mix well with other plants. Ascetically unmatchable.

  19. Stromanthe Triostar (Stromanthe sanguinea) known for its splashy pops of color throughout its variegated leaves. It's a beauty that might not be for novice, but with little extra care, this plant will fun addition to your home.

  20. Venus Fly trap (Dionaea muscipula) native to the America, but in a season where it's considered rare. Would you consider adding this curious carnivore to your houseplant collections?


Now, are you ready to upgrade your sunbeams into air purifiers and exotic mini locations? We're here for it! Please share your pictures and ideas about cats and plants in your home. Should you have specific questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. While we are not horticulturalist experts, we do love plants & cats and we certainly do not mind discussing them.




Now run out to your local nursery and find some of these magnificent Worry-Free Houseplants with Cats Around to enjoy!


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