Which succulents are safe for cats

An overview of non-toxic plants for cats

When house tigers move in with you, they often turn life a little upside down. Suddenly the apartment is decorated with scratching posts, toys and cat hair. When it comes to plants, you also have to change a bit, because not all of the common indoor plants are non-toxic for cats.

Non-toxic plants for cats

There are some plants in the cat household that it is better to avoid. Even with plants from the trade that are considered non-toxic, care should be taken that they are not nibbled on by four-legged friends, as they are often treated and stand in fertilized soil. You should also be careful with plants with thorns and very sharp-edged or pointed leaves, as they can cause stomach problems in cats.

An overview of non-toxic plants for cats:

  • Plants from the succulent line: rosette thick leaf, everlasting leaf thick leaf, money tree, echeveria (houseleek) colorful arrowroot (prayer plant; marante)
  • Blue Lieschen (bitter leaf; summer violet; Indian violet; Persian violet)
  • Episcia, shadow tube
  • Erika (heather)
  • Fittonie (mosaic plant)
  • Flutter rush (love curls)
  • Gloxinia (false gloxinia)
  • Goldfish plant (kissable mouth)
  • Green lily
  • camellia
  • Canary Island Date Palm
  • Catnip
  • Kentia palm; Forester's Kentia
  • Coconut palm
  • Basket marante (Inca crown)
  • Culinary herbs
  • Hanging candlestick flower
  • Easter cactus
  • Pelle fern
  • Sanchezia
  • Slate plate
  • Schusterpalme (butcher palm; shield flower; shield scar)
  • Star bellflower (marian bellflower)
  • Shrub Veronica
  • Venous hair; Maidenhair fern
  • Fragile bubble fern
  • Room bamboo
  • Room hibiscus
  • Room maple
  • Room fir
  • Citrus trees
  • Cyprus grass


Poisonous plants for cats

Poisonous plants for cats at a glance:

  • Aloe vera
  • Cyclamen
  • amaryllis
  • avocado
  • azalea
  • begonia
  • Barberry
  • Broom
  • Boxwood
  • Calla
  • chili
  • Christ thorn and other milkweed plants
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dragon tree
  • Dracaena
  • ivy
  • Efeutute (heart leaf)
  • Single leaf, leaf flag
  • Window leaf
  • Various ficus species (long-leaved fig tree / weeping fig / rubber tree etc.)
  • Flamingo flower
  • Flaming Katchen
  • lilac
  • Hyacinths
  • Coffee bush (especially in seeds)
  • Kaladie (Buntwurz; Buntblatt)
  • Klivie
  • Butt thread
  • Coral tree lilies
  • lily of the valley
  • mistletoe
  • Poppy
  • daffodil
  • Orchids
  • Cycad
  • Paper flower
  • Philodendron (tree friend)
  • primrose
  • Purple mute
  • Belt blade
  • Knight star
  • Crown of fame
  • Holly
  • Schefflera
  • Tobacco plants
  • tulip
  • Vanilla flower
  • Woodruff
  • Convertible rose
  • Christmas star / Christmas star
  • Zimmerkalla


In addition to houseplants, it should also be noted that tea tree oil or many essential oils are toxic to cats. With a view to the well-being of your cat, it is therefore advisable not to use tea tree oil, fragrance lamps and the like.

Cat grass - it depends on the variety

Cat grass is (unfortunately) a collective term that also often includes Cyprus grass. Cyprus grass is considered a non-toxic plant for cats, but some species have very sharp-edged leaves that can cause cats stomach problems. Soft varieties such as wheat germ grass are better.

Happy without plants?

Of course, there is no need to just decorate your apartment with cat grass. If you place plants in such a way that nibble four-legged friends do not get to them, plants that are actually questionable are no problem either. This can be done through hanging pots or wall shelves that are inaccessible to the cats.

In addition, cats, like us humans, can develop individual intolerances. Therefore, you should always consider the actually non-toxic plants in case your four-legged friend nibbles a lot and gets health problems.

Our tip for cats who love to dig

Many cats like to dig in flower pots. This is not only not so great for the plants and home decorations, but depending on the potting soil and fertilizer used, it is also not entirely harmless to the health of the four-legged friend. Pot protection can help here. This is a grid that has an opening in the middle for the plant and is normally available in stores.

Pebbles are also pretty on the surface of the earth. These should be a little bigger so that they don't encourage more play.

The list is based on data from the Institute for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, is not guaranteed and does not claim to be complete.

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