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Which Hanging Plants Are Cat Friendly?

By Elizabeth Tumbarello ; Updated September 21, 2017

Even though cats are true carnivores, they occasionally nibble on houseplants—causing a problem, as many common houseplants are toxic to felines. Hanging plants are safer choices; your cat can't reach them as easily. Using cat-friendly hanging plants allows you to leave your cat unattended, without fear of poisoning.

Spider Plant

The spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is a common houseplant that adorns many homes across the world. Native to South Africa, this plant is easy to grow and stands up to a lot of neglect, coming back from the brink of uncertain death with new vigor. The plants grow from a central cluster, forming new leaf clusters on long, hanging shoots. This hanging plant, which also goes by the common names of the ribbon plant and spider ivy, is completely non-toxic to felines.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is also known as Swedish Ivy, Plectranthus australis and Pilea nummulariifolia. This non-toxic plant is fast growing and prefers moist soil. Native to southeastern Africa, creeping Charlie grows best in bright, indirect light. Despite earning the moniker of "Swedish Ivy," this plant is not related to true ivy at all, and will not cling to walls if positioned close to them.

Boston Fern

The Boston fern, Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis, is a lush green plant that is cat friendly. Native to tropical regions, the Boston or sword fern prefers rich, moist soil and humid environments. This perennial plant is drought tolerant, and will delight gardeners who occasionally forget to water their plants by springing back to life when enough moisture is introduced. Outdoors, this plant prefers partial shade. Indoors, the Boston fern is partial to bright, indirect lighting.


Those who want flowers instead of foliage would do well to choose a plant from the Impatiens genus. Going by the common names of the impatience plant, touch-me-nots, and jewelweed, these delicate flowers are common plants both indoors and outs. Coming in a variety of colors and shapes, Impatiens plants provide bright colors in a variety of conditions. Almost all members of this genus prefer moist, rich soil. These plants are not just for show, however. Jewelweed is a common folk remedy for poison ivy and contains a chemical compound that is both anti-inflammatory and fungicidal. All parts of these plants are non-toxic to cats, but may cause mild stomach upset if ingested.


About the Author


Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.