12 NASA Approved Air-Filtering Plants That Are Cat Safe

12 Cat Safe Indoor Plants That Filter Air

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Indoor and Outdoor Plants Safe for Cats

Sometimes when visiting other people’s homes, I get a thing that I call ‘plant envy.’ There is just something so relaxing about seeing these lush, green trees and flowers sitting by the window or in the garden that makes me want to get in on the plant action. What’s even more enticing is that these common house plants that filter your air are affordable decor.

Unfortunately, pet owners have to be VERY careful when selecting plants for their homes and backyards. One mistake with a peace lily, and we could lose our little best friends to what we initially thought would help them breathe better.

I went ahead and did some research and have found some beautiful plants that help clean your air while keeping your fur babies safe. Please take special care to make sure you are getting the correct plants by closely examining the names!

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Spider Plant

Source: Instagram

This elegant plant with long flowing leaves has been found to do great things for the air in your home while being pet-friendly. It filters out formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from your indoor air and is known to be one of the most effective air cleaners (according to NASA).

What I really like about the spider plant is that it is resilient to people with poor gardening skills (like me) and it can be easily grown indoors. In fact, I have one on my bookshelf right next to me. So if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, this is a great option.

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Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii)

Pygmy Date Palm
Found From Fast-Growing-Trees

This palm is a plant you are likely to see in someone’s front or backyard. Like the Spider Plant, it is excellent at filtering out formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.

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Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)

Boston Fern

Source: Instagram

This one is definitely one of my personal favorites as I find it to be absolutely stunning to look at. What makes this plant even more appealing is that it is suitable for growing indoors! The Boston Fern filters out indoor air pollutants including formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.

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Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens)

Areca Palm Tree Safe for Cats

The Areca Palm is, as you guessed, a species of a palm tree. It is characterized by its green leaves and yellow stems. It has actually been given the name “Golden Cane” because of its stem. This beautiful, tall houseplant is one of my favorite ways to remove toxins from the air.

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Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.)

Moth Orchid

Source: Instagram

Personally, I am such a huge believer in orchids. They are one of the few flowering plants that actually don’t harm your cats if ingested. I can leave my home confident my fur baby is safe even if she decides to chomp on my beautiful flower. Haha!

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Banana (Musa Oriana)

Banana plants are so gorgeous, clean your air, and are safe for cats!
Found From Apartment Therapy

Yes! You read that correctly! The banana plant is useful for cleaning formaldehyde from your air.

Kimberly Fern Queen (Nephrolepis Obliterata)

Kimberly Fern Queen plants add so much class and good health to the household!
Found From Southern Soulmates

This plant is just so classy looking and can be placed either inside to vamp up a lifeless room or outside on your front porch to welcome guests.

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Lilyturf (Liriope Spicata)

Lily Turf

A garden just does not seem complete without some beautiful flowers to add a pop of color to the scenery.

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Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

Bamboo Palm Filtering Air

Also known as the reed palm, the bamboo palm is a cat-safe tree that will survive with indirect sunlight. It helps filter Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Toluene out of your air.

If you are one of those people who are absolutely terrible with caring for plants, this bamboo palm definitely one of the easier plants to maintain. Out of all the large houseplants that I have attempted to care for, this one has lasted the longest.

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Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)

Lady Palm

I love the clean look of this palm. Be warned though, palms can easily become invested with pests so make sure to keep an eye out!

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Barberton Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

Barberton Daisy

Isn’t this flower just too precious looking?

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Dendrobium Orchids (Dendrobium spp.)

Dendrobium orchid hybrid yellow flowers cleaning air

I think this orchid would add that wow factor to really any room you put it in!

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Plants Safe for Cats & Dogs

If you are looking for plants that are safe for both cats and dogs, you’ll love all of these gorgeous options. Be sure to confirm with the ASPCA for the most up to date information on pet-safe gardening.

Gloxinia-Sinningia Speciosa

African Violet-Saintpaulia

Baby Tears-Soleirolia

Venus Fly Trap-Dionaea Muscipula

Calathea-Calathea spp.

Friendship Plant-Pilea Involucrata

Polka Dot Plant-Hypoestes Phyllostachya


Mosaic Plant-Fittonia spp.


Ponytail Palm-Beaucarnea Recurvata

Purple Waffle Plant-Hemigraphis Alternata

Royal Velvet-Gynura Aurantiaca


Toxic Substances Plants Filter Out


Found in: Facial tissues, paper towels, plywood paneling, paper bags, waxed papers, and synthetic fabrics.

Symptoms when exposed to it: Mouth, throat, and nose irritation as well as swelling of the lungs and larynx in extreme cases.


Found in: Resins, detergents, drugs, lubricants, plastics, glue, tobacco smoke, and furniture wax.

Symptoms when exposed to it: Drowsiness, irritation to eyes, dizziness, headache, speeding heart rate, confusion, headaches, and in rarer cases unconsciousness.


Found in: Leather, tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, and rubber.

Symptoms when exposed to it: Irritation to mouth and throat, heart issues, confusion, headaches, dizziness, coma, liver damage, and kidney damage.

Be careful to remember to ALWAYS double-check the scientific name of the plant to make sure what you are really getting is what you wanted. Our little kitties are just so near and dear to our hearts that we have to make sure they are safe even when they feel like taking a tiny nibble from our plants (because we know this is what they love to do!). So take care and enjoy your fresh air! Let me know in the comments your favorite air-purifying plant that filters your air!

Source: NASA Clean Air Study