Do you have a cat-loving friend, mother, or sweetheart who would delight in some cat-safe flowers?
Many flowers are poisonous to cats. Lilies, for example, are deadly. Nevertheless, some indoor cats think that any fresh plant that’s worth looking at must be worth biting.
We almost gave up on having flowers in our home until I did some research. I’ve triple-checked the ASPCA plant safety database to find some truly cat-safe flowers.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are considered safe
Snapdragons make a great cat-safe bouquet.
I haven’t found any major online florist who delivers a simple snapdragon bouquet. However, just ask your florist if they can create one for you.
I also see these at the farmer’s market a lot and of course these are grow-able in your backyard to cut too.
Roses (the Rosa species) are safe
The Rosa species is considered safe for cats. How nice! (De-thorned options are safest–most upscale florists de-thorn roses before arranging them.)
1-800-Flowers.com may be a good delivery source – they have the Veriflora certification, the industry’s gold standard certification for supporting sustainable growing.
Sunflowers (helianthus angustifolius) are safe
The bright, happy sunflower is cat-friendly.
Unfettered sunflower bouquets are almost always available at Farmer’s Markets. For an online delivery source, it was hard to find a simple bouquet (with nothing added). I finally found these lovely ones mixed with roses at JustFlowers.com.
Gerbers (Gerbera jamesonii) are safe
These charming cat-safe flowers are usually called Gerber Daisies, but please keep in mind that other daisies (real daisies) are not safe for cats. Be careful to only buy Gerber daisies––and watch out for any kind of foliage or flower that may be mixed in with the Gerbers. (For example “bear grass” IS toxic to cats.
Zinnias (the Zinnia species) are considered safe
I can’t find anyone who delivers Zinnias nationally, but ask your local florist for them.
We have also been able to grow them in our yard (in coastal Northern California) and you may find them at Farmer’s markets.
Now, two more ideas for you…
Cat behavior tips
- I found a cheap trick to keep most vases from tipping as they are attacked! Here’s my post about it.
- A cat behaviorist tip is to use Sticky Paws around flower vases. Most cats don’t like the sticky feeling on their paws and won’t step on it. You can apply these double-sided sticky sheets to cover the cat-reach area around a vase. In my experience, Sticky Paws removes easily without damaging anything.
A DIY cat-friendly herb bouquet
Try picking your own little herbal bouquet of oregano, lavender, sage, and/or rosemary.
Though a full meal of these herbs could cause feline stomach upset, oregano, lavender, sage, and rosemary are considered safe in small amounts according to the ASPCA site.
I realize that herbs are a bit confusing for cat owners because the extracted essential oils are bad for cat’s livers, but small nibbles of the above herbs themselves are considered safe.