Houseplants are a great addition to any home as they add color, interest, and of course, oxygen. Unfortunately, cats seem to enjoy our houseplants as much as we do, but for the wrong reasons. Read on to learn how to cat-proof houseplants.
Cats commonly chew on houseplants and wreck their foliage, use them as litter boxes, or play with them until their leaves fall off. This makes it tough to successfully grow houseplants and enjoy your feline friends. While many cat owners just give up on growing indoor plants, there’s no reason to do so. Fortunately, there are ways of safeguarding plants from cats so that you don’t have to forgo your greenery, or your cats.
The following plants are totally safe from cats –
An adaptable plant that’s easy to maintain in any indoor space. Also, this non-toxic plant is pet-friendly and helps clean and filter the air. Whether you want a hanging plant or potted plant, this may make for a great addition.
This colorful plant may be a great option if you like bold patterns. Also, this indoor plant is safe for cats and dogs and is low maintenance. Consider organizing several together for the ultimate design choice and play space for your best friend.
Herbs are a great way to add something fresh to your space. For example, herbs like basil, sage, cilantro, mint, rosemary, and thyme are cat-friendly and may add a lovely aroma to your kitchen.
Be mindful to pay attention to the name of plants, as some indoor plants have similar names. Although rubber plants are safe for dogs and cats. Also they are compact and needs minimal water. Always monitor your best friend around these plants and seek medical care if you have any concerns.
Wheatgrass is a great way to incorporate play into your cat’s day. In fact, plants like wheatgrass may help encourage your cat to move throughout their day. For example, place a toy mouse in the grass and watch your best friend play with delight. Further, wheatgrass is filled with nutrients and vitamins for your furry friend.
Health benefits of indoor plants
Indoor plants may help provide health benefits to humans and pets alike. While we may not be outside as much as we’d like to right now, the additional greenery may help bring the comfort of outside into your home.
According to News, studies have shown that house plants improve concentration, productivity, stress levels and boost your mood. And that’s just for humans. Indoor plants can add stimulation and health benefits to your feline friend.
Wilde weighs in on a few perks to consider indoor plants for pets below.
Cats love chewing on things, so a cat-safe plant can provide environmental enrichment. Also, some plants like the Rubber plant may actually help remove toxins from the air. And items like wheatgrass can add fiber to your cat’s diet.
While indoor plants may be beneficial, make sure to monitor your cat’s behavior. As with any toy or food ingestion, please seek medical care for your pet if you have any concerns.
The importance of a cat-friendly home
You want your cat to be able to explore, roam and play freely in your home. Consider creating a cat-friendly space, so your kitten can grow and develop alongside the family.
- Cats are natural explorers who love to chew on things, so it’s important to make sure that any plant or flower that you bring in to your house is safe, because cats may find a way to chew or ingest it.
- Some plants and flowers may cause oral ulceration or irritation just by chewing on it.
- Easter lilies can be extremely toxic and even fatal for cats.
- When researching and purchasing plants, consider using the plant’s scientific name to confirm that it is safe for your cat, as the common name may cause confusion, or be potentially toxic.
Bring the wellness of the outdoors inside your home
You want your cat to enjoy their time at home. By taking the chance to bring the outdoors inside you’re providing a unique opportunity for your cat.
Be sure to do your research and ask your veterinarian which indoor plants are safe for cats. That way you and your feline are only steps away from your very own cat-friendly oasis.