We cannot prevent a cat from being a cat, showing its curiosity daily and investigating slowly but surely. What yes we can is heal ourselves in health and discover which indoor plants are and are not toxic to it in order to avoid unnecessary scares in the event that we are lovers of the trinomial animals-plants-humans in the home.

Plants and herbs are also a real attraction and necessity for felines. They use them to purge themselves: their digestive system lacks the necessary enzymes to metabolize plants and that is why swallowing grass helps them eliminate, for example, hairballs through vomit.

Let’s start with more dangerous. These would be some of the indoor plants to avoid due to their toxicity if we live with a cat:

Ficus Lyrata

It stands out for its large leaves similar to those of a fig tree. Despite being very fashionable in recent years, it is not a good idea to take it home without living with a pet. Its ingestion can produce the feline nausea and / or diarrhea.

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It is one of the most popular hanging plants. It draws a lot of attention for its attractiveness, it is resistant and purifies the air but if the cat chews it it could provoke severe irritations.

Delicious Monstera

Also known as ‘ceriman’ or ‘Adam’s rib’, this climbing plant of tropical origin represents a danger for our pet. Chewing it can cause burning mouth, severe pain, excessive salivation or swollen tongue and pharynx with shortness of breath. Ingestion, in addition, could aggravate the condition and produce, in extreme cases, the death of the cat.

Ivy

Another popular vine that beautifies both exteriors and interiors of the home. Direct contact with it can cause dermatitis to the feline with irritations and skin eruptions due to the hairs that cover the plant and the juice inside. Ingesting it would aggravate symptoms with gastrointestinal disorders, fever, decreased heart rate, or even coma. In severe cases, it causes death by asphyxia with respiratory arrest.

Crotón

Originally from Malaysia, this plant stands out for the tonality of its leaves that range from green, white and red to pink, yellow and brown. With a cat at home, it is better to keep it the further away the better: causes dehydration, problems in the digestive system and even the nervous system.

Sansevieria

Very popular among indoor plants it is also known as ‘snake plant’ or ‘sword of Saint George’ for its elongated, hard and sharp leaves. It supports very well the lack of light and dry atmospheres, however, they are a danger for cats: nausea, vomiting, excessive salivation, and diarrhea.

Poinsettia

An essential of the Christmas holidays that could make our feline bitter, provoking him all kinds of digestive problems. Other Christmas plants like holly and mistletoe they can also cause gastrointestinal and respiratory problems.

Aloe Vera

Humans have taken advantage of it in a thousand and one ways: as a healing, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, cleanser, antiseptic, for facial hygiene … but for a cat it is green enemy number one for its great toxicity.

Begonia Maculata

Known as ‘angel wing’ and native to the tropical areas of Mexico, it stands out for its peculiar leaves full of silver polka dots or dots. Despite such beauty, its toxicity is very high for pets.

Be careful with the bouquets of flowers

Prepared bouquets, whether fresh or dried, can also represent a danger for cats if they include poisonous flowers and plants such as mountain laurel, azalea, hortesias and, above all, the lilies. Its toxicity is such that even licking the pollen that can stick to your hair or drinking water from the vase could cause a severe kidney damage or death.

Let’s now turn to the list of the safest plants for kittens or plants petfriendly:

Succulents

In recent times a true boom of popularity thanks to his originality and striking shapes. In addition, they are resistant plants (many originating in desert environments), they multiply in a simple way and easy to care for. A perfect choice if we are looking for non-toxic plants for cats.

Rosal

It is more associated with outdoor gardens but can be grown indoors without any problem. Its flower is one of the most beautiful, requested and admired in the world as well as completely harmless for felines.

Orchid

Orchids are delicate, elegant, sophisticated and they can bloom several times a year. They do not require complicated care: an average temperature of 22 degrees, a high level of humidity and a great need for light. With it, cats will be 100% safe at home.

Love

Also known as ‘malamadre’ or ‘love tie’ this hanging plant is one of the safest for any pet since it will not cause problems if you nibble or swallow it. The basic care involves placing it in a bright area, a good dose of humidity, keeping it away from drafts and keeping it at a temperature between 20 and 25 degrees.

Areca

One of the best plants to create a safe environment for your feline. The areca or yellow palm tree also purifies the air, does very well indoors – as long as it has good light and abundant watering – and provides any home with an exotic air. It can reach up to three meters in height, although the usual is one and a half meters.

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One of the purifying plants par excellence and safest for dogs and cats. It requires little care, grows without problem in dimly lit spaces, very decorative and perfect for hanging. Also as a moisture regulating plant it is ideal for people who suffer from a dry throat or snore at night.

Pilea Peperomioides

Widely used as a decorative element in Nordic environments, it is popularly known as ‘Swedish ivy’, however, it comes from southern China where its common name is ‘missionary plant’ (a missionary, precisely, introduced it to Europe in the mid-20th century) or ‘Chinese money plant’. With it, cats are not in danger.

Calathea

Also known as the ‘prayer plant’, does not pose any risk to the health of pets. It purifies the air, loves humidity and luminosity and stands out for its ornamental character and the beauty of its leaves, which combine red, green and orange tones.

Cactus

An ideal option when you have pets at home. They need very little care, there is a wide variety of species, create very original environments and never go out of style. If we are concerned about spines or thorns, we can opt for varieties such as the zebra cactus.