Best 39 Non-Toxic indoor plants safe for cats

By Cami
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Plants Safe For Cats

Cat parents can be plant parents too! Here are 39 popular plants safe for cats.

After hours of research, I put together a list of plants that are popular amongst plant hobbyists that are also safe for your kitty to play with. But I would not encourage you to let your cat snack on them intentionally.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) compiled and ranked the 10 most popular ways cats encounter toxins. Plants have made the top 5 of the list. If you are thinking of getting a plant on this list, you are safe!

Here are the 39 plants safe for cats:

Calathea Species

Examples: Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea lancifolia), Calathea Prayer Plant (Calathea orbifolia), Calathea Peacock (Calathea makoyana)

Key Points: 

  • Can live in moderate to low light setting
  • Easier Watering Schedule
  • Low maintenance

Spider Plant

Scientific Name: Chlorophytum comosum

Key Points:

  • Purifies toxins in the air
  • Incredibility resilient
  • Prefers light shade
  • Maintain lightly moist soil with distilled water

Parlor Palm

Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans

Key Points:

  • Needs only a few hours of indirect sunlight a day
  • Only 2 feet tall, but feels bigger
  • Water when top 1 inch of soil is dry

Ponytail Palm

Scientific Name: Beaucarnea recurvata

Key Points:

  • Prefers low light, but not no light
  • Water when soil is dry
  • Natural air purifier

(Certain) Succulents

Examples: Haworthia Zebra (Haworthiopsis attenuata), Echeveria (Echeveria lilacina)

Key Points: 

  • Need lots of indirect or direct sunlight
  • Easier Watering Schedule

Air Plants

Scientific Name: Tillandsia varieties

Key Points:

  • soak them in water every/couple week(s)

African Violet

Scientific Name: Saintpaulia

Key Points:

  • Needs indirect sunlight 
  • Doesn’t like drafty floor vents or windows
  • Can bloom all year round

Bird’s Nest Fern

Scientific Name: Asplenium nidus

Key Points:

  • Needs low indirect light
  • Can thrice n varying humidity conditions


Scientific Name: Sinningia speciosa

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Keep the soil moist
  • Can give plant food every couple weeks

Venus Fly Trap

Scientific Name: Dionaea muscipula

Key Points:

  • Low maintenance
  • Needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight
  • Water with distilled water
  • 1 to 2 insects a month to sustain itself

Boston Fern

Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata

Key Points:

  • Lower maintenance
  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Natural humidifier

Polka Dot Plant

Scientific Name: Hypoestes phyllostachya

Key Points:

  • Needs medium to bright light
  • Keep soil moist

Peperomia Species

Examples: Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia), American Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia), Peperomia Ginny (Peperomia clusiifolia)

Key Points: 

  • Water when the top inch or 2 inches of the soil is dry
  • Can withstand some drought
  • Removes toxins from the air


Scientific Name: Orchidaceae

Key Points:

  • Needs partial indirect light
  • Need a little more care
  • More sensitive to temperature and environment

Staghorn Fern

Scientific Name: Platycerium bifurcatum

Key Points:

  • Needs bright or indirect light, never in a dark room
  • Water every couple of weeks

Kimberly Queen Fern

Scientific Name: Nephrolepis obliterata

Key Points:

  • Needs not too much light
  • Lower maintenance

Scarlet star plant

Scientific Name: Guzmania lingulata

Key Points:

  • Drought tolerant
  • Needs bright indirect light
  • Water with distilled water

Bromeliad Summer

Scientific Name: Tillandsia ‘summer’

Key Points:

  • Needs indirect sunlight
  • Water anywhere from every 2 weeks to every 2 months

Baby Tears

Scientific Name: Soleirolia soleirolii

Key Points:

  • Good choice for beginner
  • Needs indirect light 
  • Good indicators when it needs water (start wilting immediately)

Friendship Plant

Scientific Name: Pilea involucrata

Key Points:

  • Needs moderate to bright indirect light
  • Water when soil is slightly dry
  • Water less in colder months

Furry Reminder

We are not plant experts!
Make sure to consult other plant specialists to get specific plant care instructions.

Date Palm

Scientific Name: Phoenix dactylifera

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Soil needs to be slightly drier

Majesty Palm

Scientific Name: Ravenea rivularis

Key Points:

  • Needs as much indirect light as possible
  • Make sure the soil is evenly moist
  • Bottom leave will wilt or fall off if the soil is too dry


Examples: Basil, rosemary, and thyme. There are herbs that cats cannot eat, such as chives.

Key Points: 

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Keep soil moist

Neon Prayer Plant

Scientific Name: Maranta leuconeura

Key Points:

  • Can live in low to bright indirect light
  • Never allow soil to completely dry out
  • Water when top layer of soil is dry

Money Tree

Scientific Name: Pachira aquatica

Key Points:

  • Purifies the air from cleaning product toxins
  • Needs moderate to bright indirect sunlight
  • Water regularly when top of the soil is dry


Scientific Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Hibiscus syriacus

Key Points:

  • Needs as much indirect light as possible
  • Water more from spring to autumn, less during dormant season


Scientific Name: Impatiens varieties

Key Points:

  • Can thrive in shade
  • Water more when its hotter

Bamboo Plant

Scientific Name: Chamaedorea seifrizii

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Keep soil evenly moist

Chinese Palm Plant

Scientific Name: Trachycarpus fortunei

Key Points:

  • Drought tolerant
  • Can thrive in shade or full sun
  • Keep soil moist, but well drained 

Lady Palm

Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa

Key Points:

  • Removes pollutants from the air
  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Somewhat drought tolerant when it’s fully grown

Areca Palm

Scientific Name: Dypsis lutescens

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Allow soil to dry out before watering


Scientific Name: Rosa varieties

Key Points:

  • Needs direct sunlight
  • Be careful of spider mites when air is too dry
  • Need to be very attentive to their water needs

Cast Iron Plant

Scientific Name: Aspidistra elatior

Key Points:

  • Super low maintenance
  • Can use some aesthetic care–wiping down the leaves
  • Needs moderate indirect light

Fishbone Cactus

Scientific Name: Epiphyllum anguliger

Key Points:

  • Prefers humid conditions
  • Needs dappled, indirect light
  • Water when the top 2 to 3 inches of soil is dry

Chinese Money Plant

Scientific Name: Pilea peperomioides

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Can survive in low to moderate light conditions
  • Let soil nearly dry out before watering

Banana Tree

Scientific Name: Musa

Key Points:

  • Needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight
  • Needs lots of water and high humidity
  • Trees kept indoors rarely produce fruits
  • Needs rich and deep soil with good drainage

Mosaic plant

Scientific Name: Fittonia albivenis

Key Points:

  • Needs low to moderate indirect light
  • Moderate watering schedule
  • Prefers humid environments

Purple Waffle Plant

Scientific Name: Hemigraphis ‘Exotica’

Key Points:

  • Needs bright, indirect light
  • Needs moist and well-drained soil
  • Great air purifiers

Purple Passion Vine

Scientific Name: Gynura aurantiaca

Key Points:

  • The more light, the deeper the purple gets
  • Water only when solid is dry

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Cami spends a lot of her time researching cat care backed up by scientific studies. With a passion for cute kittens, she shares her insights and tips to help you provide the best possible care for your beloved feline friend.