• Dr Grant Hampson

Cat Safe Indoor Plants

Hands up if you’ve been investing in an in-house rainforest of late? While you’re giving Alan Titchmarsh a run for his money with your positively lush living room, there can be some hidden dangers in there for your cats.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best (and most beautiful) cat-safe indoor plants so your green-fingered growing can continue, without danger.

Kentia Palm

This beautiful palm originates from a small island off the coast of Australia, and came to the UK in the 1800’s, and has just become increasingly popular - understandably so, who can deny that luscious green? Keep it in low to medium light and watch those leaves (and your cat) fan out.

Parlour Palm

Another long-leaved vision in green, this palm comes from Mexican and Guatemalan rainforests, so prefers higher humidity and bright indirect light. Not only is it cat-safe, but it has air purifying qualities, what’s not to love?

Maidenhair Fern

You should get this plant for the name alone. This plant usually grows on waterfalls and requires a lot of moisture, ideal for a kitchen or bathroom. It’s from the rainforest and offers an elegant feature to the home, provided Mr Mittens doesn’t get too close - their leaves turn brown if they’re touched too much!

Boston Fern

We’re sticking with ferns for this one - another tropical number, this time fromSouth America. With over 200 different types, you can’t say you don’t have options when it comes to pet-safe plants!

Chinese Money Plant

This disc-leaved (which can grow up to 15cm in length) charmer is originally from the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southern China, and first came to the UK in 1906. That’s over a century of money-making. We just hope they put it in an ISA.

Calathea (Sanderiana, orbifolia, zebrina, triostar)

You might recognise Calatheas; there are several dozen species of them in various shapes and sizes - plenty of options for you. They’re eye-catching plants and can add some pizzazz to your home!

Dwarf Banana Plant

Confusingly, this plant can get pretty large. While we can’t confirm whether you’ll get bananas growing from it in the UK, it’s certainly one that you and your cat will enjoy watching grow - particularly during its growing phase when lots of leaves come through.

Watermelon Peperomia

Named very aptly, we’re sure you’ll agree? The leaves look good enough to sink your teeth into, and luckily if that happens with your cat, they are in a very safe pair of hands. Or, well, fronds. Bonus fact - they’re pretty easy to care for, as well as being rather fun to look at.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

We’re sure you’re no stranger to this spindly number. In the wild, it is most commonly found in tropical parts of Africa and Australia, but in the UK they’re very happy sitting in your bedroom or lounge. Not only are these pet-safe, but they are incredibly low maintenance; one to help you ease into plant ownership..

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

The great news is that these plants are nearly impossible to kill! They are tall and have beautiful deep-green leaves, all the better for your cat to spend hours staring at. They originated from China and Vietnam and are a good starter plant for anyone wishing to start their green fingered journey.

String of hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)

We’ll end our list with a KatKin favourite, and not just because they are very easy to look after. This heart-shaped greenery is a vine type plant, originating from Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Hang it on a high shelf and watch the awe fill your cat’s eyes.

Now you have all the information, you have our permission to go forth and truly embrace being the plant parents we know you can be.

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