Cat Safe Houseplants

Home owners should be aware that cats and some houseplants just cannot exist together. To get a full list of these plants you could contact your local ASPCA or SPCA but we can give you a broad outline of cat safe houseplants in this short article.

So before you bring that precious kitten home yes it’s best to check what’s safe and what isn’t for sure, some like English Ivy is poisonous to your cat which is such a shame because its such a lovely plant and is just fantastic as one of the best plants to clean air within your home.

Some people have come home completely unaware that some houseplants are unsafe for cats and found them a little ill, then taken them to the vet where they’ll get held over for a few days and then once returned to the owner they will immediately nibble on the same poisonous houseplant again just to repeat the whole expensive vet thing all over again and if they do eat enough it can prove fatal.

So once the owner has discovered that it’s the houseplants responsible for making the cat ill, then all the plants go out the door which is completely unnecessary as the majority of houseplants are perfectly safe for your cat and will then take all bad odors out of your home.

Cats just love nibbling on lush greens and so many owners will plant lush green gardens inside just for their cats. This is easy to do. Buy or recycle a container say 7 inches or so by 7 inches. Then buy and plant some wheat and barley. You can generally get this from an organic store and some pet stores also sell it as well. Just make sure its nice and stable in the container and let it grow if few inches first and then your cat will spend a long contented time grazing on its own new garden.

Other cat safe houseplants plants are African Violet, The Spider Plant and Christmas Cactus. All of these are very attractive and easy to grow and both safe for cats and children (children can be nibblers as well).

The following are also very cat safe houseplants but are also better than the above at cleaning your home of all odors and pollutants such as unnatural air fresheners and kitchen smells:

The Areca Palm – Releases a lot of moisture into the home air and is top of the list for the removal of toxins.

Lady Palm – Also an excellent remover of toxins and a nice easy to care for plant.

Dwarf Date Palm – Will remove xylene. Is slower growing but has a longer life. Generally good at removing all toxins.

Ficus Alii – Easy growing, good remover of all pollutants and very resistant to insects.

Boston Fern – Another excellent pollutant remover also the best in the bunch for raising humidity levels.

Other best plants to use for clean air are – Gerber Daisy’s, Chrysanthemum’s, Aloe, Orchids, Azalea’s and Corn plants.

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Trying to Identify a Houseplant

Trying to identify a houseplant is a bit like trying to find the penny with a chip on it, in a bucket full of pennies. There are so many different varieties and families of plants, and sometimes different types can look remarkably similar to each other.

A few things to look for when trying to identify a houseplant, are the shape and size of it’s leaves, and the size of it’s stem, or stalks. Are the leaves star shaped, or rounded, long or short? Is the stems of the plant fat and short, or long and skinny? Is the texture rubbery and shiny, or hairy and prickly? Does the plant have flowers or blooms?

Some other things to note when trying to identify a houseplant, is where is the plant located? Both geographically and the exact location it is growing in. Is it growing in the shade, or growing in direct sunlight? Is the surrounding terrain rocky and barren, or lush and green? What is the geographical weather like? Humid and hot, cool and dry, or a mix of the two?

All of the above mentioned factors can help you rule out particular types of plants when trying to identify a houseplant. Also look at the size of the plant overall, and the size of the pot. Trying to identify a houseplant can be time consuming if you don’t educate yourself on what to look for. They can all start to blend together and look the same if you don’t know what to look for.

Once you learn the fine nuances of plant identification however, no two plants will ever look the same for you again! One thing can you can do is try a little online research for photos of various species. Many sites may offer a type of picture catalog that you can do a search in for the characteristics of the plant you are trying to identify.

Another option is to purchase a few books on various types of plants to thumb through. You can possibly find a match in that manner as well. Trying to identify a houseplant is important, because if you don’t know what kind of plant it is, you can’t give it the proper care that is needed for optimal growth. That means your plant may not quite live up to it’s full potential.

Trying to identify a houseplant is also important for safety purposes. If you have small children or pets, some houseplants may not be safe to keep around due to the toxic effects if a leaf is eaten. Many dogs like to munch on stray leaves, and if you accidentally get a houseplant that is toxic, you could end up making your pet extremely sick. While trying to identify a houseplant is by no means an easy or fun job it is unfortunately very necessary.