3 House Plants Safe For Cats to Use in Your Home
Many cat lovers want to spruce up their homes with house plants safe for cats but are not sure what plants are safe. In addition, they want plants that are colorful and easy to keep alive. Before going out and purchasing beautiful plants that could be harmful to your kitty, check the list below for four easy to care for house plants that are both safe your children and your cats.
African violets are great house plants since they do not need direct sunlight. They are easy to maintain in almost any house. They can be place on the floor or hung from the ceiling. In low lighting, the leaves turn a deep dark green, which is ideal. If the lighting gets too bright, the greens turn pale and may turn yellow. If this happens then just move the plants away from the lights.
Boston ferns can grow H-U-G-E and that is why some homeowner’s love them. Place them on the patio and they flourish. The deep colors and jagged leaves add beauty to any room. If you want to plant to grow indoors, you need to watch humidity levels during the winter months. Boston ferns require a fair amount of humidity to grow. Without proper humidity, they have a tendency to shed their leaves. If your fern starts shedding leaves, then place some water in a saucer with some rocks.
Not only are spider plants a safe choice for your home but they are easy to share. They are best when hung from the ceiling as the “spiders” shoot off and hang down. These offshoots are great to cut off and give to friends. Simply cut off the offshoot and place in a glass of water to root-out. When the roots get long enough to plant, you can place in its own pot to start a completely new spider plant. If you want your spider plant to remain full and robust, cut off the new “spiders” as they appear.
The Christmas cactus blooms in pink, fuchsia, white and yellow. Cacti give a unique look to a house. With the easy care and longevity, the Christmas cactus can be passed down from generation to generation. However, if you want them to bloom around Christmas time they do take a little extra care. I know what you are thinking. It’s a cactus. Won’t it hurt my cat? Nope, the Christmas cactus is perfectly safe to have around pets.
When it comes to your pets, you can never be too safe. The ASPCA has a complete list of hazardous house plants to avoid and you should look it over to keep your pets safe. Cat lovers may also want to consider planting a cat garden as an alternative. Cats like to nibble on house plants and if they have a healthy alternative, they are more likely to nibble on what is acceptable.