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What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Having both an indoor tiger and a home garden is possible if you choose the right plants. Source: Created with the help of AI

Live greenery creates real coziness at home, and a fluffy cat fills it with love. But not everyone dares to combine them because purrs sometimes don't mind chewing on plants that can be toxic or even deadly to them.

Does this mean that you have to choose one or the other? Gardening experts confidently say no. It is quite possible to have both a beautiful indoor garden and a cat at home if you choose from non-toxic species. OBOZ.UA has collected them in a small list. It includes large and small species, deciduous and flowering – they will perfectly decorate your home and will not harm your pet.

What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Aspidistra

This plant with tall, elongated leaves is ideal for beginners. Keep it out of direct sunlight, and don't worry if you miss watering. Aspidistra will make a great decoration for a semi-dark room and won't hurt your cat if he nibbles on it.

Phalaenopsis

Great news for those who have been looking at orchids for a long time, but are afraid to start them because of the presence of a cat in the house – phalaenopsis is completely safe for whiskers. It is possible to admire the luxurious flowering and the furry creature at the same time. But you will have to learn how to properly water the orchid, which is not so difficult. Otherwise, Phalaenopsis is a fairly hardy houseplant.

What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Boston fern

A lush plant that grows in a rich sultan of complex leaves, it is called one of the best air filters for the home. The Boston fern is native to the tropical regions of South America and therefore needs a warm location protected from direct sunlight. Keep the substrate moist and spray the leaves regularly. And don't worry if your cat develops an interest in the flower.

Round-leaved Calathea

It is very interesting to watch the Calathea because at night it folds its leaves like hands for prayer. And its leaves are unusually beautiful – round and with spectacular silver-green stripes. Place it in a place with bright, indirect light and keep the soil moist. Spray it regularly. And don't scare your cat away from it too much – it won't harm him.

What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Schlumberger

The Christmas cactus pleases in winter with its large and bright flowers. In its natural environment, it grows in shady and humid forests, so it needs regular but moderate watering. Place the pot on a tray with gravel and water to provide the plant with the necessary level of humidity. If the cat wants to drink from this tray, nothing will happen to it.

Chlorophytum

All types of chlorophytums are famous for their unpretentiousness and are ideal for beginners. They accumulate water in their fleshy roots, so they survive even with forgetful owners. In addition, chlorophytums are easy to reproduce – just wait until the plant puts out a whisker. And even if your cat eats the whole bush, it won't be harmed – that's how non-toxic chlorophytum is to him.

What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Hamedorea

Have you always wanted a palm tree but didn't know how your pet tiger would get along with it? Hamedorea will do just fine. The plant is suitable even for small rooms, as it grows upwards. It will do well in a bright corner without direct sunlight. The palm should also be protected from drafts. And don't overdo it with watering, just like the cat, the chamedorea doesn't like water too much.

Malabar chestnut

Another indoor tree that you can have if you already have a cat. The Malabar chestnut retains water in its trunk, so you don't have to worry about watering it much. Moreover, overly zealous moistening can even be harmful to it. The plant needs a bright place protected from direct sunlight.

What indoor plants do cats like: safe and fragrant flowers

Peperomia argyrea

This attractive foliage plant is perfect for decorating a table or shelf in a warm room. Make sure it gets plenty of indirect sunlight, remember to spray it every couple of days, especially in summer, and don't worry if you notice cat teeth marks on the striped leaves.

Haworthia

All types of aloe suitable for growing in the home are toxic to cats. That's the bad news. The good news is that aloe can be replaced with Haworthia. This cute striped succulent does not require complicated care, but it loves sunlight. And the pointed edges of the plant are likely to protect it from the cat's teeth.

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