A young Asian girl nuzzles noses with a tabby kittenA young Asian girl nuzzles noses with a tabby kittenA young Asian girl nuzzles noses with a tabby kitten

A Trupanion blog

Five Indoor Plants Safe for Cats

By: Kelli Rascoe

A tan cat with yellow eyes surrounded by indoor plants

If you’re looking for a way to update your space and add some enrichment to your feline friend’s day, consider designing your own indoor garden. In fact, an indoor garden may provide health benefits for the entire family. However, how do you know which plants to include in your DIY project? To learn more, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about five indoor plants that are safe for cats and the importance of maintaining a cat-friendly home.

Indoor plants that are safe for cats to consider for your DIY garden

A grey cat with yellow eyes sniffs indoor plants near the window

Five plants that are safe for cats

1. Spider plants

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.

2. Prayer plant (Calathea Rattlesnake)

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.

3. Herbs

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.

4. American rubber plant

Be mindful to pay attention to the name of plants, as some indoor plants have similar names. Although American rubber plants are safe for dogs and cats, not all rubber plants are pet-friendly. Fortunately, the American rubber plant is compact and needs minimal water. Always monitor your best friend around these plants and seek medical care if you have any concerns.

5. Wheatgrass

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.

A black & white cat rolls around in the grasss

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 NBC 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 American 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.

Cat-friendly home tips from Wilde

  • 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.

A black and white cat sniffs a potted plant against a bright green wall

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.

What are some of your favorite indoor plants that are safe for cats?

To learn more cats, check out this Cat Health Guide.

A dog and cat snuggle

Sign up for our


Content curated for you and your pet, straight to your inbox. Sign up to receive:

  • Hot tips on pet health
  • The latest pet trends
  • Chances to win big
  • And more!
Sign up now

Blue Facebook icon Blue instagram icon Blue Linkedin icon Blue Pinterest icon Blue Twitter icon Blue YouTube icon


Welcome to the Trupanion blog. A place to celebrate pets, pet health and medical insurance for cats and dogs.

This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Trupanion. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.

Get a quote