Yes, You Can Have Beautiful Houseplants That Are Good for Cats!

Cats are cozy.

Plants are cozy.

But some plants are not a good mix with cats. (Actually some plants are really harmful to cats and other animals, so you have to be really careful).

Let’s figure out the houseplants that are good for cats so that we can soak up the cozy cat/plant vibes.

Why Not a List of Houseplants That are NOT Good for Cats?

I’m not writing a list of houseplants that are NOT good for cats because that is a very long list, my friend.

In fact, any plant can upset your cats stomach if they eat it. Which I’m sure is not hard for you to imagine if you have a cat.

If you are curious about which houseplants you definitely don’t want to have around cats, you can check out this list.

The wrong plants, that are actually poisonous to cats, can cause pretty severe illness including kidney failure, so you do want to take care in choosing the plants you bring home to your home with cats.

Can’t I Just Keep My Cats Away from My Plants?

There are ways you can keep your cats away from your plants. I read some pretty interesting ones while I was researching this question.

You can keep your plants in a cage. Yes, I’m serious that is one of the solutions.

You can use a plastic carpet runner, upside down around your plants. Yes, I’m serious that is also one of the solutions I read.

Have you ever stepped on one of those? It’s not fun. I do not recommend it for cats or humans.

You can hang your plants. But it has to be away from furniture so that your cat can’t find a way to climb to it. I don’t see that one really working, either.

The one option I did like is to have what’s called a “sacrifice garden” that has plants like catnip or catgrass. The idea is your cat will be drawn to those plants because they actually like them and leave your other plants alone.

I’ve had cats though and I don’t really buy that plan being 100% effective either.

So, bottom line, if you’ve got cats, have plants that are safe to have around cats because it’s likely they will find some way to get to them.

11 Houseplants That Are Good for Cats

Any plant can cause upset, so, do your best to keep the cat and even the safe plants, separate, but the plants in this list are considered “safe”.

#1. Baby Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii )

I don’t have cats anymore, but I love the look of Baby Tears. It’s such a gentle little puff of a plant.

The more I learn about plants the more I start to categorize them in my head and this one is in the “puff” category.

Water: Keep the soil moist or Baby Tears will droop!

Light: Bright, indirect light

#2. Banana (Musa)

Houseplants that are good for cats

If you want something to look stately in a sunny corner of a room that won’t do harm to your cat, then a Banana Plant might be for you.

Check out that Light requirement, though. That’s a lot of light per day. This won’t work in every home.

Water: Water when the top 1/2-1 inch of soil is dry.

Light: Bright light (for about 12 hours!)

#3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants overrule pretty much every objection you might have for getting plants.

They are good with cats. They aren’t fussy and will tolerate different types of light. They are super easy to propagate.

This is a great starter for a cat/plant mom/dad who is looking for “easy” to care for plants.

Water: Allow the plant to dry out before watering.

Light: Low light is tolerated, but they prefer bright, indirect light.

#4. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

The Areca Palm would be pretty in your living room. It’s got a bit of a tropical feel to it. You know, since it is a palm.

And it won’t harm your cat, but, since it’s a floor plant, you might want to put some rocks or other barrier over the soil so that the kitty doesn’t dig in the dirt.

Water: Allow the surface of the soil to dry before watering.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

#5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

I love a Boston Fern. They are really big, boisterous plants.

You do have to make sure you have room for one of these guys. They get pretty fluffy and take up space.

Water: Water when the surface of the soil feels dry.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

#6. Calathea (Calathea lutea)

Calathea is the next plant on my to be bought Plant List. They are just so pretty.

And I love a plant that likes the soil to dry out a bit before watering. It takes a lot of the guess work out and I feel more confident in my mother’s advice of “When in doubt, do without” when it comes to watering.

Water: Allow the soil to dry out about half way down before watering.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

#7. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Here’s another plant that is taking a spot in my category of “Puff Plant”. It’s so cute and soft looking.

It’s such a contrast to other textures like the slim and sculptural look of a Snake Plant.

Water: Keep the soil lightly moist.

Light: Bright to medium light.

#8. Peperomia (Piperaceae)

Peperomia is beautiful with it’s different shades of green. I love that they are sort of subtle, but also still unique.

It might remind you of a Pothos, but the shape of the leaves are just different. It’s very easy to tell a Peperomia.

Water: Water when the first two inches of soil are dry.

Light: Medium to bright light.

#9. Mosiac Plant

Mosaic plant is a stunner. If you feel like since you have a cat you probably have to pick boring looking plants, you’re wrong.

Because Mosaic Plant with those veins in hot pink is going to really stand out.

Water: Keep the soil lightly moist.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

#10. Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

We got my mom a money tree for Mother’s Day this year. From the grocery store.

That thing has grown and grown under her care. She doesn’t have a cat, but if she did, it would be safe with the Money Tree.

Water: Allow the top 2-4 inches of soil to dry out between watering.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

#11. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast Iron Plant is one of my favorite plants because I love the way that it looks but I also love the name.

It makes me feel like this plant is indestructible. (It’s not. No plant is). It is pretty forgiving as far as it’s care.

Water: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering.

Light: Low light, or bright, indirect light.

Cat/Plant Harmony is Possible!

I mean, depending on your cat, you might not get a whole lot of harmony, but there are plants that are pretty safe to have around your cat.

Do take care not to bring in any that are definitely poisonous and you should be good to enjoy a life full of cats and plants.