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15 Pet Safe Houseplants for Cats, Dogs, and Other Pet Friends

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Studies show that houseplants can do your home a world of good. When you bring some of the outdoors inside, you can improve your air quality, improve the look of your rooms, and even boost your mental health

However, not every houseplant variety is safe for your four-legged friends. There are some that are dangerous and even toxic for them to be around or ingest, so it’s important to make your selection carefully.

Not sure where to start? Today, we’re sharing 15 of our favorite pet safe houseplants for you to enjoy! 

1. African Violet

African Violets are the perfect indoor plants, faithfully blooming their beautiful, dark purple petals even in low light. Year-round, these beauties stay in high demand, mostly because they thrive in normal household conditions. 

To keep them looking their best, choose a soil-free potting mix, and add a little balanced fertilizer. Be sure to choose a non-toxic or natural one to keep your pets safe! While the leaves and flowers of African Violets are safe for your fur babies, some fertilizers can harm them if ingested. 

2. Spider Plant

Are you looking for a plant that you barely have to maintain? If so, look no further than the Spider Plant! This faithful beauty is nearly impossible to kill and can reach impressive heights with very minimal care. 

The main thing to remember with these plants is to be patient. While they look stunning the taller they grow, they can take up to a few months to a year to produce a new leaf. If you notice their tips are browning, swap your tap water for distilled water until the problem clears. 

3. Most Succulents

Not only are they adorable and easy to care for, but most succulents are also pet-friendly! These plants tend to be on the smaller side and don’t require frequent watering. In fact, most varieties respond best to a deep soak every few weeks versus a weekly sprinkle.

Some of the best varieties for pet parents include:

  • Haworthia 
  • Burro’s Tail
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Lithops
  • Gasteria

One word of caution: While aloe vera is a popular succulent plant, it’s toxic for your furbabies, so keep that one far out of reach!

4. Baby’s Tears

Formally known as Soleirolia soleirolii, Baby’s Tears is a creeping plant that looks beautiful hanging from a pot or basket. The tiny green leaves also lend instant character to terrariums and make a great base cover for indoor trees. 

If you need dog-friendly plants because your pooch likes to dig, covering the soil of another plant with Baby’s Tears is a great way to discourage him from sniffing around!

5. Orchids

There’s nothing like waiting patiently for an orchid to bloom! All of that time and patience pays off when the leaves give way to those beautifully colored petals.

If you have one in your home, don’t fear. Orchids are a pet-friendly plant, so everyone can enjoy their beauty!

6. Bromeliad

If you want to add color and personality to your home, you can’t go wrong with a bright and bold Bromeliad! This dramatic bloomer is known for its rigid, vibrant rosettes and sprawling flowers that look almost futuristic. 

This tropical-looking plant is known as an epiphyte or air plant, which means it doesn’t require soil to grow. In nature, most Bromeliads cling to trees. In your home, they can affix to other plants or objects, though you can also plant them in shallow soil. 

Place yours in indirect sunlight and keep the soil moist but not soggy. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your Bromeliad at home!

7. Money Tree

With their moderate height and showy leaf cover, Money Trees make the perfect tabletop decorations. One of the easiest dog- and cat-friendly plants, their care routine is far from fussy. Just like a Snake Plant, this one will forgive you if you skip a few watering sessions. 

If you want to control the height of yours, prune it back if it starts to look unruly. Otherwise, it can grow up to six feet tall!

8. Banana Tree

If you love the look of tropical plants, you need to add a Banana Tree to your home ASAP. Extra-large and showy, this variety is an instant conversation starter, no matter where you put it. 

The central stem of the Banana Tree splits to reveal long, wide leaves. In some countries, the leaves are even used to serve tropical cuisine! To care for yours, it’s best to replicate its natural climate conditions. 

While you might not be able to create a tropical environment in your living room, it is helpful to give your Banana Tree lots of bright light, rich soil, and regular watering. A friendly heads-up: Despite its name, this plant won’t produce bananas, so enjoy it for its greenery instead!

9. Boston Fern

Most true ferns are safe for pets, including the Boston Fern. The important thing to remember while shopping is that some varieties have the word “fern” in their name, but don’t truly belong to this plant class. One example is the Asparagus Fern, which is actually part of the lily family. 

Native to warm-weather areas in Florida, Central, and South America, the Boston Fern is also known as a Sword Fern thanks to its blue-green foliage, which is shaped like a sword. Easy to care for, this plant doesn’t require a lot of sunlight to look great. Plant yours in an indoor pot or hanging basket for a hearty dose of color and character that your family and furry pals will love.

10. Gloxinia

With its dramatic, darkly-hued flowers, Gloxinia looks fantastic atop a dining room table or plant stand. This is a compact plant that won’t overwhelm a space, growing only six to 10 inches at most. To keep its purple, white, red, or blue blooms coming, place it in an area with low light and water it frequently. 

Gloxinias like their soil moist, especially during the initial growing period. When it does bloom (in single or double clusters), enjoy the color because the petals will eventually drop during the dormant period. Still, the thick, ruffled leaves are gorgeous to look at — and safe for your pets to be around. 

11. Dwarf Palm

Another tropical plant variety, the Dwarf Palm is particularly popular with homeowners. Other names it goes by include the Parlor Palm and Good Luck Palm. While it might take a while to grow, the wait will be worth it. 

Fully mature, Dwarf Palms can reach a height of around three feet. As long as they get a good amount of light throughout the day and you water them when their soil is dry, they should produce tiny flowers as a reward! To prevent root rot, remove any excess water from the drip tray after watering. 

12. Calathea

Also called Zebra Plants or Peacock Plants, Calatheas are known for their wide tropical leaves with distinct white striping, or stippling. While they can handle a little light, you’ll keep their leaves more vibrant if you place yours in a shady spot. Too much sun can cause the stripes to fade!

The most important thing to remember about Calatheas is that they prefer a moist environment. To create faux-tropical growing conditions, keep the indoor temperature between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and place the container on a pebble tray filled with water. As the water naturally evaporates, it creates a little extra humidity that the Calathea will love. 

13. Scarlet Star Plant

The Scarlet Star Plant is the epitome of the saying, “Good things come to those who wait.” If you’re willing to be diligent and take care of yours for a few years, it will reward you with rare, luscious blooms that are deep red and shaped like stars. 

While this plant is perfectly safe for dogs and cats, it can be a little finicky when it comes to water. Instead of tap water, stick to rainwater or distilled water that’s devoid of any chemicals. 

14. Polka Dot Plant

Some plants are just fun to look at, and the Polka Dot Plant is one of them! So named because their green foilage is splashed with touches of red and white, these houseplants are natural stunners even without flowers. 

Keep in mind that while this plant is non-toxic for your pets, some animals could experience mild digestive issues if they consume too much of the leaves. Placing yours on a table or plant stand will help!

15. Sage

Want to grow an herb that also doubles as a houseplant? If so, try Sage! This beauty blooms in early spring, showing off light purple or pink flowers. 

To encourage growth, keep yours in a bright and sunny spot and water it when its surface soil feels dry. You can also use a grow light to keep it healthy and vibrant. 

Beautify Your Home With These Pet Safe Houseplants

Pets bring joy and love into your home, and you want to make sure your property is safe and comfortable for them to enjoy. Thankfully, these pet safe houseplants are beautiful to look at and perfectly fine for your furballs to be around. 

At All Animals Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to help you take great care of your pets, big and small. Conveniently located in downtown Lebanon, we’d love to see your family soon. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! 

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