Cats are known to be largely indoor animals, but if you have a cat that is very active and loves being outside, it can be worrying not knowing whether your cat could come into contact with poisons. Even leaving a window open a tiny fraction can mean that your cat comes into contact with chemicals or pesticides on their paws when going out to mark their territory. With the help of indoor house plants, you can keep your cat safe. Here are some of the best indoor plants to keep your cat safe:
Lavender is one of the best safe plants for cats, as it acts as a natural insecticide and antiseptic, so if your cat comes across an irritating bug, it can even take care of that too. The reason lavender is so effective is that it contains a chemical compound called “linalool,” which is highly effective in repelling mosquitoes and other insects. The smell from lavender can be calming for your cat, too, as you could find them lying down on top of the plant, no doubt enjoying the wonderful scent.
2. Aloe Vera
Although you may not think of aloe vera as an indoor plant, it is, in fact, a popular choice for cat owners. Aloe vera has been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent pain, but the best part about aloe is that it can keep your cat safe from harmful toxins. If your pet comes into contact with certain chemicals from their environment or a poison, putting a leaf in their litter tray can help to neutralize the toxins and keep your cat safe.
Catnip is a herb that is particularly effective with cats because it contains nepetalactone which triggers a reaction within felines that makes them feel very relaxed and playful. This herb is also great because it can help deter parasites such as ticks and fleas, so placing a few sprigs around the house will keep your pet extra safe and pesticide-free.
Just like lavender, marigolds are both natural pest repellents and insecticides too. There’s something about the smell of marigolds that bugs don’t like, so this is a perfect plant to have in an area where your cat spends most of its time. Marigold seeds are also great for helping with anxiety, so if you think your cat has been feeling extra nervous recently, having some marigold plants around will help calm them down.
If you have a cat struggling with nausea, throwing up, or diarrhea, mint leaves are very good for keeping your pet safe in this kind of situation. The menthol in mint can help ease stomach aches and encourage the digestive system to push out any foreign items that may be stuck. Cats like the smell of mint too, which will encourage them to nibble on it and keep themselves healthy.
6. Cat Thyme
Cat thyme is an herb that keeps your pet safe from viruses, bacteria, and parasites and reduces inflammation, so this is another great one if your cat has come into contact with something toxic. The nepetalactone contained in cat thyme also has a calming effect on your pet, so it can stop them from acting aggressively or erratically after coming into contact with a toxin.
Chrysanthemums are another great choice because they not only prevent your cat from eating them, but the flowers contain pyrethrins which will kill any bugs that come into contact with them and stop parasites like ticks and mosquitoes.
There are plenty of plants you can grow indoors to keep your pet safe, but these seven should be at the top of your list. Just make sure that you don’t put any plant in an area where your cat sleeps for the risk of toxicity.