Pet Friendly Houseplants

Dogs and puppies aren’t the only pets that like to chew. You may notice that your cat or kitten will “taste” your drapes, sheets or even electrical cords.

Puppies and kittens chew to ease the pain of teething. Dogs and cats will do this for multiple reasons including boredom, hunger, and to soothe anxiety.

You may also notice that your pet will chew or “taste” your houseplants. Just like extension and electrical cords, many plants are dangerous to animals. When ingested, your pet may vomit, have diarrhea, tremors or be lethargic.

To safeguard against your pet accidentally eating poisonous plants, here are some that are pet-friendly and will also improve the air quality in your home. You can purchase these houseplants at your local plant nursery or garden center.

African Violets (Saintpaulias) bloom in many different colors ranging from purple, blue, pink, red and white. These plants are easy to care for and are inexpensive.

Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) like bright, indirect light and well-drained soil. They are long and spindly looking. They will produce “pups” and are a great hanging plant. They are one of the best for improving air quality in your home.

Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is another low maintenance plant that likes bright, indirect sunlight. This plant can be grown indoors and outdoors and will make a great addition to your pet-friendly home.

Palms (Arecaceae) including Areca, bamboo, parlor, and ponytail palms, are very easy to care for indoors. Sago palms are not “true” palms and are very poisonous to animals.

Bamboos (Bambusoideae) are a subspecies in the grass family. Pandas eat bamboo leaves and their shoots. Bamboo is low maintenance and can provide a unique focal point anywhere you place it.

You can find a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants on the ASPCA website. So, if you are in doubt about a particular plant, this is the “go to” list to use.

Houseplants are beneficial to everyone. They provide better air quality in your home. They are easy to take care of and add natural character. And, when you chose them from the pet-friendly list, they are safe for your pets, too.

If you have a houseplant that you would like to list on this page, please leave a message in the Comments Section. Thank you, Donna.

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