Cat-Friendly Flowers for your Home

cat friendly flowers for your home

Before arranging flowers you’ve received or buying some for friends with cats, here’s a quick list of the more common cat-friendly flowers for your home.

Did you know that some flowers and plants can be dangerous for your cat?

All plants can cause mild stomach upset, but some plants and flowers are much more dangerous.

Also, keep in mind that flowers and plants that may be safe for dogs can be deadly for cats. For example, different species of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats but only mild stomach upset in dogs, according to Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Poison Control Center.

If you like having flowers in your home, and in your garden check out this list to know which flowers and houseplants are safe for cats.

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cat friendly flowers for your home

Cat-Friendly Flowers 

Safe flowers for cats include: 

ROSES

To be safe, always buy the traditional Rosacea family roses.

But be careful, not all plants and flowers with the word rose are safe for cats. Flowers like Primrose, Christmas rose, desert rose, rosebay, are dangerous to your furry friend.

GERBERA DAISY

This colorful daisy is a pet-friendly flower you can enjoy if you have a cat. 

ALSTROMERIA 

Alstroemeria is not a traditional lily, which is extremely toxic to cats.

 You can enjoy a bouquet of Alstroemeria when you have cats around the house.  

SUNFLOWER

There is nothing poisonous about this beautiful flower. This goes for both animals and humans.

PETUNIA

ASPCA listed Petunias as non-toxic flowers for pets.

cat friendly flowers for your home

 

Other gorgeous cat-friendly flowers for your home include: 

  • Aster
  • Orchid
  • Zinnia
  • Celosia
  • Marigolds
  • Violets 
cat friendly flowers for your home
Aster
cat friendly flowers for your home
Celosia
cat friendly flowers for your home
Orchid
Marigold
Zinnia
Violet

Cat-Friendly Air-Purifying Plants That Are Safe for Cats

Here are some air-purifying plants that are also safe for cats:

  • Bamboo
  • Basil
  • Boston Fern
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Lady Palm
  • Lemon Balm
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shrimp Cactus
  • Spider Plant (Spider Ivy)
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Zebra Haworthia

Useful Tips

Even if the plants are safe, they can present some dangers for cats. So take precautions before placing flowers within reach of your feline friend.

Most flowers come with powdered flower food to keep them fresh, which can be toxic to cats. Cats like to drink from vases, so make sure your cat knocks over heavy vases and hurts themselves, Wismer adds.

Follow these tips to keep away some poisoning flowers from your cat.

  • Keep the plants and flowers out of the reach of your curious cat.
  • Please keep in mind that even the water used in flowers can cause problems. 
  • Avoid mixed flower bouquets when you have a cat. 
  • Tell your friends and family about cat-friendly flowers you’d love to receive.
  • Hang the flowers in hooks. 
  • Use a natural pet-repellent to keep your cat away from flowers and plants. 
  • Check ASPCA’s list to know about pet-friendly plants and flowers.

Some Toxic Flowers to keep away from your cat

  • Azalea
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Iris
  • Poinsettia
  • Oleander
  • Narcissus
  • Wisteria

Common Symptoms of Plant Poisoning in Cats

Some early poisoning symptoms are: 

  • Agitation
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nosebleed
  • Uncontrollable urination or thirst
  • Vomiting

If your cat took some bites on a flower or plant, and you are unsure whether it may be toxic, call your emergency vet, or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

You should call even if you just suspect that your cat might have eaten part of a plant or flower. 

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