Don’t scrap an indoor nature collection for the sake of Whiskers. Hear us out: You can have both healthy felines and green decor, as long as you make sure your plant babies won’t poison your cat babies. This means double-checking the scientific names with the ASPCA’s extensive list of plants that are non-toxic to felines and making sure you purchase the correct items.
In addition, keep in mind that much like humans, different cats react to plants differently so do your best to make sure your new plant is out of the cat’s reach. “It is important to be aware that any plant can cause cats to experience vomiting and diarrhea,” says Katja Lang, DVM, Medical Director at Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group. “It’s best to place the plant in an area that is not accessible to the cat. Kittens and young cats especially love to chew on things they aren't supposed to.” And remember, just because your plant is safe for your dog, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s harmless for felines. So, before you make a trip to the nursery, browse our list of cat-friendly plants that are safe for your furry friend (and excellent additions to your home decor).