20 Flowers That Are Safe For Cats



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Who doesn’t love a bouquet of fresh flowers brightening up their home? Or a garden in full bloom.

20 Flowers That Are Safe For Cats. Black short-hair cat, with orange eyes, lying facing forward, head up in amongst and surrounded by green leaves and small purple flowers.

But not all flowers are safe for your cat. And when you have flowers in and around your house, your cats will likely smell them, rub against them, and even try and eat them! So here’s a list of cat-safe flowers that will look stunning in your favourite vase or garden.

20 Non-Toxic Flowers For Cats

A toxic plant can cause all sorts of health issues for your cats, from mild stomach upset to vomiting and kidney failure. Luckily, there are a lot of pet-safe flowers to pick from. Make a beautiful bouquet with the following non-toxic flowers, or add some colour to your garden.


Aster - non-toxic flower for cats - selection of pink, red, lilac and green flowers

With its delicate petals, Aster is a perennial flower that blooms in late summer or autumn. They look like daisies and come in stunning shades of lilac, blue, pink, purple, and red. Outdoor plants are sure to draw in butterflies, with cut flowers lasting anywhere between 5 to 10 days.


Orchid - non-toxic flower for cats. Selection of white, pink, lilac orchids

With their unique and fascinating shape, orchids are a statement flower and completely cat-safe. Perfect for any bouquet, orchids come in every colour of the rainbow! Their sweet-smelling fragrance will remind you of vanilla. Hardy potted plants and orchids also flourish indoors. These beautiful flowers symbolise friendship and new beginnings, making them an ideal gift!


Rose - non-toxic flower for cats. Selection of red, pink, yellow, orange and white roses.

Roses are the most common flower choice and for a good reason. Stunning to look at, with over 150 species and a wide variety of beautiful shades, they’re the most popular selection for any bouquet. The sweet fragrance of roses will brighten up any room. They’re also not toxic to cats!


Zinnia - non-toxic flower for cats. selection of pink, orange flowers with green leaves

Zinnias are annuals that grow quickly and are easy to care for. Round with daisy-like petals, they come in bright colours like pink, purple, yellow, orange, and white. Great for adding a pop of colour to a bouquet! However, they have no scent.

African Violet

African violet - non-toxic flower for cats. Purple ruffled petals with white edge and yellow centre on a green leafy background

Beautiful ruffled petals set apart the African Violet from other flowers. They’re non-toxic to cats and some of the easiest houseplants to care for. You can expect white, blue, and purple flower clusters set on a leafy base. Lovely to look at, African Violets are entirely scentless.


Lilac - non-toxic flower for cats. Purple and white lilac flowers with some green stems

Unlike most cat-safe, scentless flowers, lilacs have a strong romantic fragrance. Their rich floral scent carries hints of vanilla and rose. Commonly white, purple, or magenta, lilacs make beautiful scented bouquets. Where white lilacs symbolise purity, the magenta variations represent love and passion.


Sunflower - non-toxic flower for cats. Yellow sunflowers with green leaves

No flower is as vibrant as the sunflower. With their bold yellow petals, sunflowers are known for being happy flowers. They have a light, earthy scent and symbolize adoration. This is not a toxic flower, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your cats safe with a potted sunflower in the house.


Jasmine - non-toxic flower for cats. White jasmine flowers with yellow centre on green stems and leaves background

A bowl of jasmine flowers will fill your home with a rich, sweet fragrance that will calm your mind. These delicate flowers symbolise love and beauty in many cultures. Jasmine is the best flower for cat guardians who want an aromatic experience. The tiny white flowers stay fresh for up to a week with the proper care.


Hibiscus - non-toxic flower for cats. 3 Yellow hibiscus flowers with red centres on a background of green leaves

Although a slightly unusual selection, hibiscus is a beautiful pet-friendly flower. They’re unsuitable as cut flowers, but you can place a pot near your sunniest window. Their ruffled petals come in shades of orange, yellow, red, and pink with a mild tropical fragrance.


Marigold - non-toxic flower for cats. Red, orange, yellow Marigold flowers with green stalks and leaves

Marigolds are safe plants and won’t harm your cat. They have a stark, pungent smell that can be off-putting for your cat’s sensitive nose. These bright yellow flowers will bring life and joy to your home.


Snapdragon - non-toxic flower for cats. Red, pink and yellow Snapdragon flowers on green leafy stalks

Snapdragons or dragon flowers have a fascinating long-stemmed shape. They’re easy to grow and come in a range of bright colours. Easy to grow, especially in cold areas, these flowers bloom in early spring and late fall. Safe for pets, snapdragons have a mild fruity smell that may remind you of bubblegum. This delicate fragrance won’t overpower your room or your cat’s sensitive nose!

Peruvian Lily

Peruvian Lily - non-toxic flower for cats. Purple Peruvian Lilys in a round purple plant pot with an orange Puruvian Lily in an orange plant pot, both sat on brown burlap with white slated wood in the background

Many lilies are highly toxic for dogs and cats, but the Peruvian Lily is an exception to this rule. With their fascinating shape, and colors ranging from yellows and oranges to pinks and purples, Peruvian Lilies are an excellent addition to any bouquet. They symbolise devotion and friendship, making them a lovely gift. Peruvian Lilies are also popular as cut flowers because they last longer.

Bachelor’s Button

Bachelor's Button/Cornflower non-toxic flower for cats. Blue/purple flowers

Bachelor’s button, or cornflower, is a stunning blue flower with delicate petals. A lovely addition to any bouquet, they’re popular as cut flowers, although you can also plant them in your garden beds.

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not - non-toxic flower for cats. Blue flowers with yellow centres on green leafy stalks

The tiny pink and blue clusters of forget-me-nots have a unique, delicate beauty that appeals to many flower lovers. They’re cat safe, so you can plant them in your garden or cut flowers in a vase. That said, forget-me-nots are almost entirely scentless, which can be a plus for many cat guardians.

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies - non-toxic flower for cats. Red, Salmon, Orange, Yellow, Pink and White Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies are large stunning flowers often seen in shades of salmon or orange. They have no scent and are safe for cats to be around. Another popular cut flower, gerberas, will look stunning in any arrangement. They symbolise happiness, loyalty, and love, making them an ideal gift. Gerberas are also available in shades like yellow, white, pink, red, and lavender.

Last Thoughts on Cat Safe Flowers

When you have cats, you must be incredibly careful about the plants and flowers you bring into your home. You never know what your pet may be allergic to, and it’s safe to assume they will want to sniff and explore everything in their vicinity.

While this is not a complete list of all the safe flowers for cats, it’ll give you many options.

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