8 Flowers and Air-purifying Plants That Are Safe for Cats

If you have plants or flowers at home and see your cat smelling or chewing it, you might be curious if it is safe for the cat. Yes, most of the plants are safe for cats, but there are some risk factors too. 

Did you know that certain plants and flowers can be dangerous for your cat? While normal plants might cause a mild stomach upset, some plants are toxic for cats and can cause serious health issues. 

If you are a conscious cat parent and aware of your cat’s health, check out this list to know which flowers are safe for the cat and which poses a danger to your cat’s health- 

8 Flowers Safe for Cats 

1. Roses

Roses can be a perfect present when you’re invited to someone’s house. Find out what color your main squeeze likes and bring home a beautiful rose bouquet that will make your cat and others happy.

But don’t be deceived; not all roses are as innocent as their names. Here are some examples of rose plants that can be extremely dangerous for your cats: 

  • Primrose
  • Christmas rose
  • Desert rose
  • Rosebay
  • Moss rose (a succulent)

Again, rose plants have sharp thorns. This might be risky for cats and can make them wounded. 

2. Gerbera Daisies

They are sometimes called Gerber Daisies. These plants are safe for cats. Moreover, they come in vibrant colors and usually last up to a week. 

However, remember, not all daisies are safe for cats. Some are toxic. Therefore, be sure to avoid chamomile, chrysanthemum, showy daisies and seaside daisies. 

They are sometimes called Gerber Daisies. These plants are safe for cats. Moreover, they come in vibrant colors and usually last up to a week. 

However, remember, not all daisies are safe for cats. Some are toxic. Therefore, be sure to avoid chamomile, chrysanthemum, showy daisies and seaside daisies. 

3. Orchids 

Orchids are said to be a part of art. They can last for years if you take good care of them. Most importantly, orchids are non-toxic to cats. It is safe for your cat even if your cat takes a bite. 

According to ASPCA and other experts, members of the Orchidaceae family are safe for cats. This includes the following orchids: 

  • Brazilian Orchid 
  • Crimson Cattleya, Ruby-lipped Cattleya 
  • Christmas Orchid or Winter Cattleya 
  • Cirrhopetalum or Old World Orchid 
  • Cocktail Orchid 
  • Dancing Doll Orchid 
  • Easter Cattleya or Easter Orchid
  • Fiery Reed Orchid 
  • Scarlet Orchid 
  • Florida Butterfly Orchid 
  • Ghost Leafless Orchid or Leafless ghost orchid 
  • Golden Lace Orchid or Jewel Orchid 
  • Golden Shower Orchid 
  • King of the Forest Orchid 
  • Lace Orchid 
  • Leopard Orchid or Tiger Orchid 
  • Lily of the Valley Orchid 
  • Pansy Orchid 
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid, also known as, Moth Orchid, Moon Orchid 
  • Rainbow Orchid 
  • Spice Orchid 
  • Tailed Orchid 

4. Sunflowers 

Sunflowers can make your day bright. The best part is that they are non-toxic to cats. Sunflowers are a great source of nutrition for humans. However, we don’t recommend eating them. 

Some other flowers that are safe for cats include: 

  • Alstroemeria
  • Asters
  • Freesia
  • Liatris
  • Lisianthus
  • Snapdragon
  • Statice
  • Wax Flower

Air Purifying Plants That Are Safe for Cats 

Houseplants clean toxins from the air. These toxins include formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Here are some house plants that are safe for cats as well as extract harmful toxins from the air: 

  • Areca Palm
  • Bamboo
  • Basil
  • Boston Fern
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Friendship Plant
  • Hens and Chicks
  • Lady Palm
  • Lemon Balm
  • Old Man Cactus
  • Painted Lady
  • Reed Palm
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shrimp Cactus
  • Spider Plant (Spider Ivy)
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Zebra Haworthia

Can Safe Plants Pose Danger to Cats? 

Even though they are considered safe, we suggest keeping plants and flowers out of reach of curious cats. Most cut flowers come in powdered flower food and this powder can be toxic for cats and their system. 

Those of us who have flower vases at home might have noticed that cats like to drink water from vases. So you need to be cautious about the cases. Breakable vases can be hazardous for your cat. 

However, if you don’t find an unbreakable vase, proceed with the traditional version but make sure it’s not light enough for your cat to push or make it fall from a height. 

Toxic Plants for Cats

Avoid bringing dangerous plants at home that can put your cat at risk. For example, the following plants are commonly found in our garden, but they possess a risk for cats: 

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil, Narcissus, and Tulip Bulbs
  • English Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Marijuana
  • Oleander
  • Peace Lily (not a true lily)
  • Pothos
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Spanish Thyme
  • Yew

How to Know if My Cat Has Consumed a Toxic Plant? 

Consuming normal plants might lead to a mild upset stomach or vomiting. However, consuming toxic plants will make your cat sick and the toxins will work as inflammatory agents, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. 

Here are some symptoms that might indicate that your cat has consumed a toxic plant: 

  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulties in swallowing 
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Excessive water intake and urinating
  • Irregular heartbeat 

What Should I Do if My Cat Has Eaten a Poisonous Plant? 

If you find your cat chewing a plant, whether it is poisonous or not, here are few things you can do at an instance: 

  • Remove any plant material or leaves from your cat’s fur and skin 
  • If necessary, wash your cat’s fur with a non irritating dish soap. 
  • If you have identified the plants as toxic, seek veterinary help immediately

However, sometimes it’s too late to catch your cat-consuming plant parts. If your cat develops symptoms of plant poisoning, here’s what you can do: 

  • Take your cat to the vet immediately. 
  • Identify the plant your cat has consumed. This is important for your vet to determine the correct treatment. 
  • If your cat has vomited, collect the sample and show it to the vet. 

Reject Mixed Flower Bouquets When You Have Cats 

Yes, mixed flower bouquets are so pretty, but they can pose a danger to your cat. There are chances that your mixed flower bouquet has at least one toxic flower that can harm your cat. 

Therefore, if you want a flower bouquet, proceed with a flower bouquet of roses, orchids or other flowers that are safer for cats. 

Conclusion 

Now that you know what flowers are safe for your cats and what are toxic, you can choose what flowers to bring home. Some toxic plants can also pose health risks to your cat. Moreover, some flowers like roses have thorns in their bodies, injuring your cat’s paws or other sensitive parts. If you suspect your cat has consumed a toxic plant part, seek veterinary help.   

Jayne Taylor

Jayne started out as a veterinary nurse before she had her son, Joshua, and later her daughter Lily. Jayne is a passionate cat lover and has two fur-babies in Max and Silky. She admits to have a particular soft spot for russian blue cats and says she does her best not to make Max jealous when she pays special attention to Silky her russian blue. While Jayne was on maternity leave she noticed it wasn't easy to find the information she wanted about her beloved animal so she decided to start Cat Informer!

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