9 Cat Friendly House Plants

What you do when you’re a plant lady but decided to get a kitten?

Even though Olivia didn’t pay much attention to my indoor plants during her first weeks at home, nowadays she’s a curious little bastard and I’ll soon have to buy her own little plants too, so she can leave mine in peace.

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I knew that a lot of common indoor plants are poisonous for cats before I got Olivia, so I did a lot of research to make sure the ones I have at home and the ones I will buy in the future aren’t toxic.

So here’s a list of common pet friendly house plants that you can grow:

 

1. Spider plant –  These are easy to care for, grow well in low-light conditions and can help to clean the air in our homes.

2. Palms – Areca, bamboo palm, parlor and ponytail are some of the most common indoor palm plants, and they are all pretty easy to grow too.

3. Boston fern – Both beautiful and safe for cats and dogs!h for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.

4. Cast iron plant – It’s one of toughest house plants out there.

5. Bromeliads – Colorful, pet safe indoor plants that grow well without much light.

6. Christmas cactus – Easy to grow indoor plants that will flower right around Christmas time.

7. Phalaenopsis orchids –  Not only are phalaenopsis orchids cat and dog safe indoor plants, they are popular edible flowers too.

8. Swedish ivy – Swedish ivy plants are great for growing indoors, and are also safe for pets!

9. Bromeliad – Bromeliads are safe, easy to grow, unique, and they make great indoor plants.

Ready to add a few more plants to your collection?

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You can find out which plants are safe by doing a quick research on the ASPCA database. And feel free to leave any suggestions or cat vs plants stories in the comments section below.

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How To Cat-proof your home

One of the things I had to make sure before bringing Olivia home is that our flat was Cat-proof. This is something I still need to keep checking because anything can be a danger for a kitten as much as it is for a baby, especially when they are unattended. Chances are they will get into trouble.

It takes time for a kitten to know what’s off-limits and cats are great climbers and jumpers, so even if you hide something high up on a shelf it can still be reached!

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Here is a list of all the things I checked before Olivia’s arrival:

  • Research on internet or asked a veterinarian which houseplants in your home are non-toxic and which ones are so I could give them away. (I will make sure I write a post about this specific topic since I’m a plant person as much as I’m a cat person.)
  • Keep electric cords unplugged, so if your kitten chews on a cord, they won’t get an electrical shock. If possible, just hide all the cords away.
  • Keep your food tucked away, because like plants, some kinds of food can make your cat sick, or worse. Even if the food isn’t dangerous, it may not meet your cat’s nutritional needs. The same goes for drinks.
  • Keep your washing machine and dryer doors closed. The same goes for rooms where you don’t want your kitten to visit. They are known to check everything out. Especially new places in the house where they haven’t been before.
  • Make sure you let everyone in your house know how certain things can be a danger to your kitten and if something happens what to do. For example, chocolate is poisonous to cats and in my house we tend to eat a lot of it. Leaving a simple chocolate paper on the table might be a danger for the cat, especially if it still has bits of chocolate on it. My advice is to put the veterinary’s contact or vet’s hospital contact number on the fridge, in case of an emergency.

When Olivia first came home…
For the first few hours, we kept her company in the living room so she would get used to us and her surroundings. Kittens need time to adjust and feel totally comfortable.

It didn’t take long for Olivia to begin to feel right at home, that’s why I’m glad I checked the entire house before bringing her home. And I still do daily check outs because it’s all a learning process and what Olivia finds uninteresting today, she might try and chew it tomorrow.

 

If you have any tips to Cat-proof your house please leave it a comment below. Sharing is caring 😉

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World meet Olivia

After 2 years without having a single pet at home, some call that torture, I finally had the chance to get a kitten.

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Her name is Olivia and she’s two months old today. She has plenty of energy and cuddles to offer. She’s very responsible, clean and learns things too quick, so quick that it’s hard to keep up with safety measures at home, but that’s something for a whole new other blog post.

Getting a pet shouldn’t be a quick decision to make, there are a lot of things to consider, so it took me 2 years to make sure I had enough free time to be able to spend it with a pet and I think that’s one of the most important things you should do before getting a pet.

You must ask yourself some questions, such as:

  • Is my house prepared for a pet?
  • How long will the pet be by himself without any company? (Even cats like some company)
  • Do I have the money to spend on a pet and on everything a pet will need, such as vaccinations, food, toys, etc.
  • And probably the most important question, do I really want a pet or it’s a temporary feeling. Pets are not temporary.

And if you think they are, my next blog series will definitely not be for you! I will be writing blog posts about my experience getting a new kitten, from how to decide which cat to get; how to prepare your home for a cat; how to train a kitten and several other tips that I’ll be learning from Olivia’s experience.

So stay tuned because, cat lovers, this is something you don’t want to miss!

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