Plants That Are Not Toxic To Cats
Plants That Are Not Toxic To Cats & Best Cat Grass
In my last DIY cheap catio post, I mentioned that I got plants that are not toxic to cats for my balcony.
I spent so much time at Lowe’s and scavenged online looking for plants that are not toxic to cats.
Here, I will share with you the plants that I got.
My Plants That Are Not Toxic To Cats
Pigmy Date Palm
This is the biggest plant I have right now. When I bought it, it was already pretty big.
I think the leaves have grown about 2 inches since I bought it. It’s still growing and doing really well on the balcony.
The plant is actually an indoor plant and they don’t need much light. In fact, they don’t like too much sun, because it scorches their dainty leaves.
The Pigmy Date Palm plants (pictured below left) are not toxic to cats.
This plant is kind of a smaller version of my pigmy date palm plant, but it belongs to a different family.
It does really well both indoor and outside away from too much direct sun.
I adore both my palms.
The Areca palm plants (pictured above right) are not toxic to cats.
I’m so amazed at how my banana plant has been thriving on the balcony. I love these big leaves and they keep growing and growing.
The Banan Musa plants are not toxic to cats.
I planted my own cat grass using seeds I got from Amazon and they’ve been thriving in the balcony.
My cats keep munching on them throughout the day but the grass keeps growing! I’m very proud of this grass.
I think the Todd’s brand that I got is the best that’s worked for me so far.
I did like these other seeds in my other post from a while ago, but they didn’t last as long as my current ones are doing.
Obviously, cat grass is not toxic to cats and my cats absolutely love it.
I wanted to add some color to the plants. African Violets are one of the more common house plants that are not toxic to cats.
Apparently, it’s a myth that they are fickle and hard to grow.
In fact, they’ve been doing really well in my balcony. And they bring beautiful color.
Herbs: Cilantro, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley
I stood in front of the herbs section at Lowe’s and looked up one herb at a time to find out which herb plants are safe for cats.
And the herbs that I did get that are not toxic to cats are: cilantro, thyme, rosemary, basil, and parsley.
Best Way To Keep Cat Grass Alive
I just want to take a quick moment to encourage people to grow your own cat grass at home for your indoor cats.
Honestly, growing your own cat grass from seeds is lasts WAY longer than buying cat grass that’s already grown from a pet store.
It’s also a fraction of the cost. At a pet store, cat grass that’s already about 8 inches grown is about $8.
On the other hand, I bought Todd’s seeds for $10 and used less than a handful (about 1/20th of the bag) for a small pot.
You can easily get your hands on a small bag of soil for $5 – 10. You’d need 1/10th of the soil for a small pot to grow cat grass.
Altogether, it would literally cost you under $2 to grow your own cat grass that lasts a longer time than store bought already grown cat grass.
The only thing after that is to water every few days or when the surface of the soil gets dry.
And if the cats munch on them so much that they become all chewed up and wilted, then just take a pair of scissors and cut it short.
Those are the key ways to keeping your cat grass alive for a long time.
Meanwhile, please enjoy Nala & Charlie eating cat grass that I grew from seeds:
How About Other Plants?
If you didn’t see any of the plants that you’re wondering about in the list above, fear not!
The source of my knowledge of whether the plants listed above are safe comes from this amazing page on toxic/non-toxic plants on ASPCA.
So, have a look around over there and make sure to only get plants that are listed as NON-TOXIC to cats before you get them!