Plants and pets are two things that we adore in life. Unfortunately, many common plants are toxic to cats and dogs. Since some plants are poisonous, once eaten, they cause convulsions, tremors, and even death. Even the most well-behaved pets are sure to nibble a houseplant at a particular moment. You need to know how to choose pet-friendly house plants that are safe for your four-legged companions. I strongly recommend that you add greenery to your house to help clean the air and enhance your mood while also ensuring that your pet is safe.
Types of pet-friendly house plants
There are many pet-friendly plants available, so you can enjoy the many advantages of houseplants even if you have a cat or dog with you. I’ve put up a list of plants that are sure to make you and your pets happy.
A parlour palm is a tiny tree that pet owners can keep. This low-maintenance, pet-friendly houseplant is also an excellent place to start for novices. It thrives in bright, indirect light, but it may also flourish in low light. When the top inch of soil is dry, water it, and your parlour palm might grow to be eight feet tall (though four feet is more common).
One of the easiest houseplants to maintain is this one. Growing new spider plants from the babies that the mother plant produces is also quite effortless. The spider plant loves bright, indirect light, although it may also thrive in low light.
Allowing the soil to dry between waterings will enable your plant to develop to a height of 12 inches and a width of 24 inches, as well as generate many baby plants.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea)
Pilea is a pet-friendly home plant that prefers indirect sunlight or a shaded location, as well as less regular watering. Treat yours well, and you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of new pups to propagate and distribute with others wanting to spruce up their WFH area or other home space.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea) – a lovely and compact little plant that will happily sit on your desk looking cute. It’s robust and can handle a bump and a scrape. The leaves may pop off, but they’ll grow back in no time.
Maranta (Prayer Plant)
With its height of six to eight inches, a prayer plant is perfect for compact places such as bookshelves and end tables. It gets its name from the way its crimson, cream, and green leaves curl up at night. It’s also one of the simplest houseplants to cultivate that’s also pet-friendly. Maranta prefers medium to low light, and you may allow the soil to dry out a little between waterings.
Polka Dot Plant
Add a burst of design and color to miniature gardens, terrariums, mixed pots, and more with a polka dot plant. This pet-friendly plant comes in pink or white hues, and while it may grow up to three feet tall, it generally stays tiny in pots (around 12 inches). Keep the soil continuously damp and place it in a position that receives bright, indirect light.
Various Types of Ferns
It can be difficult to distinguish between ferns and other plants that have the term “fern” in their name but are not members of the fern family. Indoor plants that are safe for pets include true ferns like Boston and maidenhair. Just keep an eye out for poisonous misnomers like asparagus fern, which is actually a lily. They prefer evenly wet soil, high humidity levels, and indirect light.
The Boston fern, a highly air-purifying pet-friendly home plant, provides excitement and drama wherever it is planted with its delicate spears. Note that, as lovable as this houseplant is, ferns don’t like to be handled too much because human hands are oily. Place it in a humid location near the bathroom or kitchen and out of paws’ reach if possible!
Many popular succulents, such as hens and chicks, and echeverias, aren’t harmful, but it’s essential to do your homework on each one because so many kinds are available. While jade looks similar to other succulents, it is harmful to dogs. When cultivated indoors, most succulents only reach a height of a few inches. They thrive in bright sunshine and require watering once a week.
Succulents are also very easy to transfer and move – the functionality is vital for moving with pets because you want to create a stress-free experience for your furry friend. And your attention should be shared between your pet and the plants during this process, but the pet should get the bigger portion.
Plants that are unsafe for pets
A saurprising number of plants are harmful to your furry friends, including indoor and outdoor species. Poisonous plants can cause everything from mild irritation to death. Although some are more dangerous than others, it pays to be informed and maintain your house and yard pet-friendly by either avoiding poisonous plants or going for pet-friendly indoor plants. Some variants you should avoid are:
- Lily (Belladona and Kaffir are particularly toxic)
- Hawaiian Ti
- Aloe Vera
- Sago Palm
- Ornamental Pepper Plant
- Winter Cherry
- Rubber plant
HOW DO YOU KEEP PETS FROM EATING YOUR PLANTS?
Getting pet-friendly house plants is the safest option for our furry friends. However, you should also ensure they don’t nibble on them. Moving your plants out of reach is the best way – for example, using high shelves that tiny paws cannot access. Because cats dislike the smell of citrus, you may repel them by spraying diluted lemon juice on your plant. Animals can also mistake plants for toys, so providing them with their pet-safe toys to play with may help to divert their attention away from your plants.
Adelle is a practical and knowledgeable horticulturist with a flair for visual garden design and plant selection. She has been creating content and helping people take care of their gardens for over five years now. In her free time, she loves to hike with her dog Daisy and surf.