Non-Toxic Plants Perfect for Pet Owners

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Do you love animals? Specifically, cats and dogs? Do you have fur friends as part of your family? Do you also love plants?

Unfortunately, they don’t always mix well. Many houseplants are poisonous to cats and dogs and being a good furbaby parent means knowing what is safe for your pet. 

Interestingly, not all plants toxic to dogs are toxic to cats and vice versa. And, not all parts of the plants are toxic.

But, if you are thinking of purchasing some new plants for your apartment, here are some houseplants that are safe for both cats and dogs. 

  • African Violet Plant  – Likes bright, yet indirect sunlight
  • Areca Palm/Golden Butterfly Palm/Cane Palm/Golden Palm/Yellow Palm – Likes bright, yet indirect sunlight
  • Boston Fern – Prefers a cool place with high humidity and indirect sunlight
  • BromeliadPlace in Bright, indirect sunlight
  • Calathea – Is highly sensitive to cold, drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations – grows best in warm, humid, and well-lit conditions
  • Cape Primrose/Twisted Fruit/Bavarian Belle – Likes dappled sunlight in an eastern-facing window or under fluorescent tubes. Be careful as some primroses ARE TOXIC.
  • Cast-Iron Plant/Bar Room Plant/Iron Plant/Ballroom Plant – Prefers full shade and is great for those who don’t have a green thumb as it is almost indestructible
  • Christmas Cactus – Prefers diffused sunlight, although when sitting in a bright, chilly window they have been known to bloom profusely
  • Donkey’s Tail/Horse’s Tail/Lamb’s Tail – Likes full sun and well-suited for placing near a sunny window
  • Gerber Daisy – Does well in full sun to partial shade
  • Gloxinia – Place in a bright area, out of direct sunlight
  • Gold-Fish Plant/Candy Corn Plant – These are great cascading plants for a bright sill or in baskets. Keep away from air that is too dry or cold. Choose bright sunlight but not direct sunlight
  • Grape Ivy Vine – Readily climbs in low sunlight in an east-facing window
  • Hibiscus – Choose full sun, part sun, full shade, or part shade
  • Moth Orchid/Moon Orchid – Likes warm and shady conditions
  • Nerve Plant/Mosaic Plant/Jewel Plant – Likes filtered, indirect sun or part shade; avoid direct sun
  • Norfolk Island Pine/Norfolk Pine/House Pine – Full sun, but can tolerate shade
  • Polka Dot Plant/Baby’s Tears – Bright sunlight is best for colorful leaves
  • Pony Tail /Elephant-Foot Tree/Bottle Palm – Bright sunlight; can be acclimated to full sun
  • Prayer Plant/Zebra Plant/Rattle Snake Plant/Red Veined Prayer/Maranta/Peacock Plant – Best in bright, indirect sunlight, well-drained soil and requires high humidity
  • Purple Waffle Plant – Medium to bright sunlight
  • Spider Plant – Prefers bright sunlight, does tend toward scorching in direct sunlight; will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shade to partial direct sun
  • Swedish Ivy/Creeping Charlie – Moderate, indirect sunlight throughout the year
  • Velvet Plant – Loves bright sunlight and thrives in front of a sunny window. Brighter the sunlight, deeper and richer the leaf color
  • Venus Flytraps – Full sun to partial shade

It is essential to know what plants will grow in what environment and conditions, especially the kind of sunlight and space they thrive in.

Best for Bathrooms:

  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Boston Fern
  • Spider Plant

Best for Bedrooms:

  • Parlor Palm
  • Gerber Daisy
  • Spider Plant

And depending on your green thumb, it is helpful to know which plants will thrive with you as their caregiver.

Good for Beginners and Hard to Kill:

  • Cast Iron Plant
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Prayer Plant
  • Spider Plant

And What Kinds of Plants are High Maintenance:

  • Boston Fern
  • Bird’s Nest Fern

Plants and pets can co-exist together when you make smart choices! Stop by your local nursery to see what’s available and enjoy a beautiful plant-filled, safe home with all your fur babies.

(The plants listed in this article have been cross-referenced with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). A list of the 17 Plants Poisonous to Pets has been compiled by the ASPCA. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to double and triple check the toxicity of plants they choose to bring into their home and around their pets.) If you believe your pet has eaten a poisonous plant, call the Animal Poison Control Center Phone number at (888) 426-4435.

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