• Dr Grant Hampson

11 indoor plants that are safe for cats


white kitten sitting next to an indoor plant safe for cats

Knowing which indoor plants are safe for cats can be crucial for green-fingered cat parents. 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 11 of the best (and most beautiful) cat-safe indoor plants. Meaning your green-fingered growth can continue, without danger to the rest of your family.


Table of contents:

  • Which plants are safe for cats?

  • 11 cat safe house plants

  • How Katkin can help your cat be the healthiest it can be


Which plants are safe for cats?

There are many indoor plants which are safe for cats, but we have compiled a top list, featuring 11 of our favourites. To ensure you cat is not harmed by plants in your home, let us help you choose from the following selection:


  • Kentia Palm

  • Parlour Palm

  • Maidenhair Fern

  • Boston Fern

  • Chinese Money Plant

  • Calathea (Sanderiana, orbifolia, zebrina, triostar)

  • Dwarf Banana Plant

  • Watermelon Peperomia

  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

  • Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)

  • String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)


Read more about each of these cat safe indoor plants below, with the help of our guide.


11 cat safe house plants


Kentia Palm


This beautiful palm originates from a small island off the coast of Australia, and came to the UK in the 1800’s. Being an indoor plant, safe for cats, it has 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.


green kentia plant which is a safe house plant for cats

Parlour Palm


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


green parlour palm plant safe for cats

Maidenhair Fern


You should get this indoor plant, safe for cats, for the name alone. This cat-friendly 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. After all, their leaves turn brown if they’re touched too much!


small maidenhair fern on kitchen work surface

Boston Fern


We’re sticking with ferns for this one. Boston fern is another tropical, cat safe indoor plant, this time from South America. With over 200 different types of ferns to choose from, you can’t say you don’t have options when it comes to being green fingered!

boston fern plant hanging from ceiling

Chinese Money Plant


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

close up of cat safe chinese money plant

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 indoor plants, safe for cats, and can add some pizzazz to your home!

green and light pink calathea leaves safe for cats

Dwarf Banana Plant


Confusingly, this indoor plant, safe for cats, 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. An exciting part is during its growing phase when lots of leaves come through.


small dwarf banana plant in front of a window

Watermelon Peperomia


Named very aptly, we’re sure you’ll agree? The leaves on this indoor plant are safe for cats, and look good enough to sink your teeth into. 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.


close up of watermelon peperomia leaves which are safe for cats

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)


We’re sure you’re no stranger to this spindly number. In the wild, it’s 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 indoor plants safe for your cat, but they are incredibly low maintenance; one to help you ease into plant ownership.


green, thin spider plant leaves which are safe for cats

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra)


The great news is that these indoor plants, safe for cats, 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.

large, green, cast iron plant leaves are safe for cats

String of hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)


We’ll end our list of safe indoor plants for cats, 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.

close up of a string of hearts plant leaves, which are safe for cats

How Katkin can help your cat be the healthiest it can be


Now you have all the information, about safe indoor plants for cats, you have our permission to go forth and truly embrace being the plant parents we know you can be. But remember, feeding your cat the most nutritious Fresh-cooked cat food is the best way for your feline friend to thrive.


That’s because here at KatKin, we use 100% Fresh-cooked premium meat, providing the natural diet that cats were born to eat. Plus, we tailor the calories specifically to your cat, so that they get exactly what they need every day – no more, no less. (And then, when they’ve had their perfect dinner, they can take a nap under your lovely new plants.) Try our food yourself today, and see your cat flourish alongside your plants!


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