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Top 10 Best Cat-Safe Plants in the UK 2021

Plants can bring huge benefits to our lives, lifting our moods, brightening up outdoor spaces and even purifying the air inside our homes. However, it can be all too easy to forget that many plants are actually toxic to our feline friends. Fortunately, there are many cat-safe garden and house plants available for you to choose from, some of which can even be eaten by cats!


Choosing the perfect plant is often challenging enough without having to worry about whether it's safe for your cat. So to make the task easier, we've written this handy buying guide. We'll walk you through everything you need to consider when buying ferns, palms, flowers and herbs, before revealing the top 10 best cat-friendly plants in the UK on Amazon and eBay.

  • Last updated: 31-07-2021
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How to Choose a Cat-Safe Plant in the UK – Buying Guide

Even without ensuring that it's safe to have around cats, there's a lot to consider when buying a plant, such as whether you can provide the right conditions and care that it needs. Don't worry, because our buying guide is here to walk you through everything you need to know, step by step!

Pick Your Preferred Plant Type

Pick Your Preferred Plant Type

'Plant' is a rather broad term used to encompass everything from herbs to trees. The first thing to decide is which type you'd like to introduce to your home or garden. House plants, for example, are commonly kept indoors. Unfortunately, many are toxic to cats, but there are still plenty of great choices, such as the Boston fern or Parlour palm.


Then, of course, there are flowers whose vibrant colours are commonly used to brighten up both indoor and outdoor spaces. Many will be toxic to your kitty, but you still have the choice of beautiful specimens such as sunflowers, orchids, and roses.


Finally, there are herbs. While many of them are fine for us humans to eat, the same cannot be said of our feline friends. However, don't fret because once again, there are still plenty of options, such as basil, sage and cilantro.

Indoor or Outdoor? Ensure the Plant Is Suitable for Your Space

Indoor or Outdoor? Ensure the Plant Is Suitable for Your Space

Different plants thrive in different settings, so the next thing to consider is where you'd like it to live. Outdoor plants inevitably get more access to direct light than indoor ones, and therefore, it's plants that require direct sunlight that'll thrive in your garden. 


If your garden doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight, you're best opting for plants that thrive in the shade. On the other hand, if you wish to use plant life to liven up your indoor space, tropical plants are a great choice. 


They often require very little direct light and infrequent watering, meaning they can be positioned in a hallway or even in your bathroom if they flourish in humid environments.

Large Plants Are Great for Filling Empty Spaces, Small Varieties Are Ideal for More Compact Areas

Large Plants Are Great for Filling Empty Spaces, Small Varieties Are Ideal for More Compact Areas

Getting the size of your plant right is essential to ensure it compliments your space. While some plants will reach and maintain a particular height quite happily, others will keep on growing. 


If you don't want your new plant to completely overwhelm your living space, make sure that its maximum size is not too excessive. If you've got your heart set on a particular plant, you can keep its growth restrained by planting it in a small pot.


Even if you pick a plant that you know won't reach such grandeur, it's still worth checking the maximum height. Otherwise, you may end up with the opposite problem — a plant that you bought to fill a space, barely filling it at all!

Green Fingered or Greenhorn? Make Sure the Plant's Needs Match Your Ability

Green Fingered or Greenhorn? Make Sure the Plant's Needs Match Your Ability

It's easy enough to tend to one plant, but taking care of several that require different light, watering, and pruning amounts can be somewhat akin to spinning plates. If you're a busy person with commitments elsewhere, you may find your plants bringing unnecessary stress into your life.


If you're a beginner, it may be best to stick with only a few plants, so you have less to keep track of. Otherwise, you may wish to opt for low-maintenance plant species that won't die if you forget to water them during a hectic week!

Hardy Plants Are a Good Choice for More Destructive Felines

Hardy Plants Are a Good Choice for More Destructive Felines

As much as we love them, our feline friends can be curious. They're not averse to giving our plants a nibble or a swipe, and their impressive athletic ability means they're quite capable of knocking them off even the highest window ledges! For these reasons, it's more than worth considering a robust plant that can withstand the disturbance.


Choosing a fragile variety that perishes after a little feline exploration is only going to lead to elevated stress levels and money down the drain. As such, if you want your plants to last longer than five minutes, hardy varieties such as palms and spider plants are the ones you'll want to opt for.

Top 10 Cat-Safe Plants in the UK

Now you know what to look out for, it's time for us to reveal our top 10 favourite cat-safe plants. From lush, green ferns to colourful orchids, we've included a wide range of plant life. Of course, it goes without saying that every plant on this list is completely safe to have around cats!

10

Nature By LetterboxBoston Fern Plant

£19.99

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationBoth indoors and outdoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height3 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityHigh
9

GardenersDreamPilea Peperomioides Chinese Money Plant

£17.99

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationIndoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height1 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityMedium
8

Mr Fothergill’s Chamomile Seeds

£5.29

Plant TypeHerb
LocationBoth indoors and outdoors
Light RequirementsDirect sunlight
Maximum Height1 ft
Maintenance LevelMedium
DurabilityMedium-low
7

GardenersDreamChamaedorea Elegans - Parlour Palm

£12.99

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationIndoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height8 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityHigh
6

JohnsonsCatnip Flower Seeds, White

£2.99

Plant TypeHerb
LocationOutdoors
Light RequirementsDirect sunlight
Maximum Height3 ft
Maintenance LevelMedium
DurabilityHigh
5

Garden Market PlaceChlorophytum Comosum - Indoor Spider Plant

£8.50

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationIndoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height2 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityHigh
4

HomestreetMagenta Potted Moth Orchid

£22.20

Plant TypeFlower
LocationIndoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height3 ft
Maintenance LevelMedium-low
DurabilityLow
3

JohnsonsMelissa Officinalis - Lemon Balm Seeds

£2.55

Plant TypeHerb
LocationBoth
Light RequirementsDirect and indirect sunlight
Maximum Height3 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityHigh
2

Bryncir Garden CentreMaranta Fascinator Tricolour Prayer Plant

£14.99

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationIndoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height1 ft
Maintenance LevelMedium
DurabilityHigh
1

GardenersDreamCyperus Zumula - Cat Grass

£8.99

Plant TypeHouse plant
LocationBoth indoor and outdoor
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height1.5 ft
Maintenance LevelLow
DurabilityHigh

Compare the Best Cat-Safe Plants

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1
GardenersDream Cyperus Zumula - Cat Grass 1

GardenersDream

2
Bryncir Garden Centre Maranta Fascinator Tricolour Prayer Plant 1

Bryncir Garden Centre

3
Johnsons Melissa Officinalis - Lemon Balm Seeds 1

Johnsons

4
Homestreet Magenta Potted Moth Orchid 1

Homestreet

5
Garden Market Place Chlorophytum Comosum - Indoor Spider Plant 1

Garden Market Place

6
Johnsons Catnip Flower Seeds, White 1

Johnsons

7
GardenersDream Chamaedorea Elegans - Parlour Palm 1

GardenersDream

8
Mr Fothergill’s  Chamomile Seeds 1

Mr Fothergill’s

9
GardenersDream Pilea Peperomioides Chinese Money Plant 1

GardenersDream

10
Nature By Letterbox Boston Fern Plant 1

Nature By Letterbox

Name

Cyperus Zumula - Cat Grass

Maranta Fascinator Tricolour Prayer Plant

Melissa Officinalis - Lemon Balm Seeds

Magenta Potted Moth Orchid

Chlorophytum Comosum - Indoor Spider Plant

Catnip Flower Seeds, White

Chamaedorea Elegans - Parlour Palm

Chamomile Seeds

Pilea Peperomioides Chinese Money Plant

Boston Fern Plant

Features

A Vibrant Burst of Green With Benefits for Both Human and Feline Digestion

A Vivid Houseplant That's Sure to Answer Your Cat Safety Prayers

A Delightfully Fragranced Plant That'll Liven up Any Garden

A Floral Pop of Colour That Will Outlast Any Bouquet

Purify the Air With One of the Easiest Houseplants to Care For

The Botanical Treat That Will Have Your Cat in Feline Paradise

An Elegant Choice Perfect for Those Wanting a Larger Plant

An Easy to Grow Plant With Beautiful Blooms and Calming Properties

Invite Some Fortune Into Your Home With a Chinese Money Plant

A Robust Fern for That Taste of the Jungle

Price£8.99£14.99£2.55£22.20£8.50£2.99£12.99£5.29£17.99£19.99
Plant TypeHouse plantHouse plantHerbFlowerHouse plantHerbHouse plantHerbHouse plantHouse plant
LocationBoth indoor and outdoorIndoorsBothIndoorsIndoorsOutdoorsIndoorsBoth indoors and outdoorsIndoorsBoth indoors and outdoors
Light RequirementsIndirect sunlightIndirect sunlightDirect and indirect sunlightIndirect sunlightIndirect sunlightDirect sunlightIndirect sunlightDirect sunlightIndirect sunlightIndirect sunlight
Maximum Height1.5 ft1 ft3 ft3 ft2 ft3 ft8 ft1 ft1 ft3 ft
Maintenance LevelLowMediumLowMedium-lowLowMediumLowMediumLowLow
DurabilityHighHighHighLowHighHighHighMedium-lowMediumHigh
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More for Those With a Passion for Plants

More for Those With a Passion for Plants

They might seem simple to take care of, but if you really want your plants to thrive, there's a lot of work that goes into them! Check out some of our other green-fingered articles below for ideas on how to take care of your plants and display them in style.

Summary

After reading this article, you should now have everything you need to find a plant that's safe for your feline friends. If you're a cat owner that's been holding back on getting green-fingered, now's the perfect time to fill your home and garden with a wonderful variety of plant life!

Author: Emily Victoria Porsch

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