I have a new plant-buying problem. This is in addition to my nail-polish-buying problem and my purchasing-anything-with-a-cat-on-it problem. Maybe I actually just have a money-spending problem.
I went into a gardening center last week to buy a friend a plant pot for her birthday (she shares my plant-buying problem) and walked out with three new friends, including my fourth basil plant that I really, really, really want to live. Because my husband has a basil-eating problem.
And my cat also loves plants, but he does not love them like I love them. He does not like to admire them from afar, and enjoy how they add life to a room and filter the air and provide it with clean oxygen. No, he likes to a) make eye contact with me as he is swiping a succulent off the countertop, smashing to the ground and b) eat them. The latter of these is a big problem for him, because not all plants are safe for him to eat, and not just because of my wrath when he does inevitably consume them.
So, because I am an anxiety-riddled cat mom, I did a lot of research about the plants I brought into my home, assuming that at some point, they would probably be at least nibbled on by ol' Ted the cat. A great resource for this is ASPCA's toxicity plant list, which will tell you whether the plant you're pining after is toxic to dogs, cats or horses. And unless you're neurotic like me and decided to read this toxicity list like an encyclopedia, cataloging away all this plant knowledge for future cat emergencies, I thought it might be easier to just share a few of my favorite pet-friendly plants.