- Delve into the world of indoor pet safe plants that not only enhance your home’s aesthetics but also consider the safety of your furry companions when choosing plants.
- Uncover the potential risks associated with common indoor plants, from the toxic nature of lilies to the vomit inducing Devil’s Ivy .
- Arm yourself with knowledge to curate a pet-friendly collection that brings both visual allure and peace of mind.
Love the feeling of bringing the outdoors in with indoor plants? Ditto. The vibrant greenery not only elevates ambiance but also adds life to your surroundings. 🌿 However, if you’re a pet owner, it’s crucial to be aware that not all plants are safe for your beloved furry companions—cats and dogs. Unfortunately, some plants can pose risks to your pets, whether it’s through ingestion or even exposure to their scent. Let’s make your plant collection not just visually stunning but also a safe for your four-legged buddies. 🐶🐱
Pro tip: Whether a plant is toxic or not, it can spell trouble for your pets if they decide to have a snack. Even non-toxic plants might lead to an upset stomach for your furry pals. Whenever you can, nudge your pets away from the temptation of plant nibbling
What plants are toxic to pets?
All parts of the lily plant, including the petals, leaves, pollen, and even the water in the vase of cut lily flowers, contain toxins that can lead to severe consequences if ingested by cats. The culprit behind this toxicity is a substance known as oxalate crystals. Ingesting any part of a lily can result in acute kidney failure in cats, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Image of Dumb Cane from bloomscape
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) ❌
Known for its striking variegated leaves, the Dieffenbachia may catch your eye, but it’s crucial to keep it out of your pet’s reach. This tropical beauty contains oxalate crystals, and if ingested, it can lead to irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat. To ensure your furry friend’s well-being, opt for a pet-friendly alternative that brings beauty without the potential harm.
Despite its elegant appearance, the Sago Palm is a hidden danger for pets. Every part of this ornamental plant is highly toxic, particularly to dogs. Ingesting any portion of the Sago Palm can result in severe consequences, including liver damage.
Image of Devil’s Ivy from Flowerpower
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)❌
With its cascading vines and heart-shaped leaves, Pothos is a common choice for indoor decor. However, the ‘Devil inside’ this plant can cause irritation and vomiting in pets if ingested. Keep it out of paw’s reach and consider safer options like the Spider Plant for a pet-friendly hanging basket.
P.S. If you’re ever curious as to whether a certain plant is safe for your pets, the ASPCA also has an extensive list of plants to avoid (including both indoor and outdoor plants).
What plants are safe for pets?
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) ✅
Known for its air-purifying qualities, the spider plant is a safe choice for homes with pets. It’s non-toxic and adds a touch of elegance with its arching leaves. This plant looks great in hanging baskets.
Image of Areca Palm from plants for all seasons
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)✅
Bringing a tropical vibe to your space, the Areca Palm is not only visually appealing but also safe for pets. This low-maintenance plant thrives in indirect light, making it an ideal addition to your home. Most palms are fine to be kept around pets. Choose from Areca, Golden palm, and Ponytail palm as pet-friendly options for indoors. Try to avoid any palms with the words ‘Sago’ or ‘Cycad.’
Image of Boston Fern from The Jungle Collective
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)✅
If you’re looking for a lush, feathery plant, the Boston Fern is an excellent choice. It’s non-toxic and adds a refreshing touch to your indoor environment. Keep the soil consistently moist, and your fern will flourish.
Air Plants (Tillandsia)✅
Air plants are unique and require no soil to grow. They are generally safe for pets and can be displayed in creative ways. Just ensure they are well-ventilated and receive proper light.
Tips for a pet safe plant paradise 🌿🐶
- Research before you buy
Before adding a plant to your collection, double check if it safe for your furry friend.
- Placement matters
Think about your pets’ habits and behaviours when working out where to place your plants, if your cat loves to nibble on leaves, keep those plants out of reach.
- Keep an eye on your pets
If you know your pets have a habit of snacking on plants, make sure to keep an eye on them to ensure they’re not showing any signs of distress. If you notice unusual behaviour, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Creating a pet-friendly indoor oasis is entirely possible with the right selection of plants and a bit of knowledge. By opting for pet-safe greenery and taking necessary precautions, you can enjoy the benefits of indoor plants without compromising the well-being of your furry companions.