What Are Safe Plants for Emotional Support Cats

What Plants Are Safe for Your Emotional Support Cat

If you're a plant lover, then you probably like to fill your home with beautiful plants, both inside and outside. Your inquisitive cat might also share your love of plants, but she probably shows her fondness through nibbling and brushing up against every single leaf and bloom. Hey, it's what a cat does well, right? So how do you make sure your emotional support animal stays safe while also keeping your plants intact? It's all about choosing your plants wisely.

What Plants Are Safe for Cats?

There's a reason the saying is, curious as a cat. Your feisty feline loves to explore, examine, and play with pretty much anything she comes across. It's up to you to make sure that your home is as safe as possible. After all, your emotional support animal is always there for you when you need her, so it's natural that you want to be there for her too.

When it comes to choosing which plants and flowers you decide to keep in your house and in your garden, the first priority is choosing ones that are non-toxic for your emotional support animal. Obviously, you never want to keep plants on your property that are poisonous for your cat, but it can be hard to know which are safe and which should be left unplanted.

Here is a quick list of popular flowers, herbs, and other budding blooms that won't cause any issues for your feline friend: (Still, you might want to keep houseplants out of your cat's reach so you don't end up with a bunch of potted stems).

  • Gloxinia
  • African Violet
  • Boston Fern
  • Banana Plant
  • Venus Fly Trap (really)
  • Orchid
  • Baby Tears
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Thyme
  • Dandelion
  • Lemon Balm
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Catnip (Obviously, right? In fact, believe it or not, your cat will probably lose interest in this one after a while).

Plants That Are Poisonous To Cats

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, poisonous plants can end up in or around your home, and likewise, around your emotional support animal. It could be because you bought a plant and didn't realize it was poisonous, or someone could give you one as a gift, or maybe you even end up with a random bud in your garden.

Whatever the reason, it's up to you to verify the safety status of any plant that comes into your home, so your emotional support animal stays healthy and safe.

It's helpful to keep a printed list of poisonous plants as a handy reference. You can put it next to your list of non-toxic plants to help ensure your home only has plants that are safe for your cat. If you ever come across some greenery that you aren't sure about, always look up its toxicity level before planting or bringing it into your house. When it comes to your emotional support animal's safety, it's always worth it to be extra cautious.

Here are some popular herbs and plants that are toxic for cats:

Lavender can be poisoness to your cat
  • Oregano
  • Cocoa
  • Tarragon
  • Lavender (in large amounts)
  • Chamomile
  • Bay Leaf
  • Chives
  • Lemon Grass
  • Poinsettia
  • Daffodil
  • Hyacinth
  • Morning Glory
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Tulip
  • Gladiola
  • Tiger Lily
  • Hydrangea
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Amaryllis

What If Your Emotional Support Animal Eats Something Poisonous?

Unfortunately, even when taking the utmost precautions, things happen. If you suspect your emotional support animal has eaten something toxic, do not hesitate.

Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

Do not try and solve the problem yourself or make your cat throw up, this could lead to more serious issues. Instead, carefully follow the directions given to you by the Poison Control Center, be prepared to bring your emotional support animal to the vet as soon as necessary, and monitor her behavior closely.

Does Your Emotional Support Animal Have a Plant Fetish?

Cats love plants. Most likely your kitty loves to walk through plants, eat them, rub up against them, roll in them, the list goes on and on until your beautiful plants are squashed and shredded. What gives? You can chalk it up to the fact that it's just something a cat does, or maybe she eats plants to relieve an upset stomach, fill a nutritional gap, or help swallow those pesky hairballs.

There's no doubt that your emotional support animal takes her job seriously, but she still loves to play. Therefore, those ferns and fronds are awfully tempting when playtime is in session.

How Can You Keep Your Emotional Support Animal Out of Your Garden?

Keep your emotional support cat out of the garden

Obviously, your top priority is to keep your emotional support animal safe but that doesn't mean you don't also want a nice garden. For houseplants, simply try to place them out of your cat's reach; easier said than done in some cases, especially if your cat is like superman and can leap tall bookshelves in a single bound.

However, how do you keep your garden protected from the inquisitive and frisky outdoor cat?

Well, just like some plants are irresistible to cats, there are others that your emotional support animal will more likely turn her nose up to. Yes, that's right, there are certain flowers and plants that tend to repel cats, so including some of these feline-offending blooms in your garden can help keep your cat (and other neighborhood kitties) at bay.

Here are a few plants that will likely make your cat turn her head in disdain (another thing cats do well):

  • Lemon Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Geraniums
  • Citronella
  • Bergamot

You can also sprinkle cayenne pepper, dried mustard, or even orange and lemon peels around your garden as a border, as your cat won't be particularly fond of these smells. If your emotional support animal still insists on ravaging your garden, there are a number of products available at garden supply stores that are designed to keep animals out of gardens like scat mats (which make the ground unpleasant for your cat to step on), river rocks, or rough mulch.

Keeping these pointers in mind, you can have beautiful plants and a safe and happy cat. Knowledge is power when it comes to keeping your emotional support animal safe, and you can find a number of other helpful tips and resources by exploring our site. The team at Chilhowee Psychological Services is here to answer any and all questions that you have about the process involved in having an emotional support animal, and if you need a letter for your emotional support animal, we can help you with that too! let us know how we can help you today!

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