Keeping your pets safe is your top priority when there are animals at home. Choosing pet-friendly houseplants for your home is one way to watch over them. To add texture and colour to your decor and at the same time keeping your pets safe is what you should aim for. Here are a few indoor plants that are safe for dogs and cats.
A word of caution. Even though these plants are safe for your pets it is best to place all houseplants out of their reach to eliminate temptation to chew and destroy them.
If you want to add a modern touch to your interiors bring home air plants. They are modern, cool and pet-friendly. But one thing you need to watch out for is that they have spindly leaves. Dogs, cats and even rabbits love chewing on them. Keep them out of reach of pets or else you will have to clean up the mess.
African Violet is a pet-friendly houseplant with blooms. This hardworking, adaptable houseplant is just right for your home if you have pets. It is low maintenance and comes in a range of purple hues, and it doesn’t need direct sunlight.
Watermelon Plant or Aluminum Plant
Aluminum Plant with its multi-coloured gray-and-green leaves make it an attractive option for indoors and it is safe for your pets as well.
Some Varieties of Ferns
For pet-friendly households true ferns like maidenhair and Boston are a good choice.
Christmas cactus is yet another non-toxic plant. However, if pets digest them it can cause discomfort in the stomach. But compared to many other festive plants this is a safer choice.
The friendship plant is safe for your cats and dogs. It got its name as it is easy to share and divide. However, its crinkly and fuzzy leaves can attract pets that might end up chewing and destroying them. So keep these plants out of their reach.
Chocolate Soldier or Lace Flower Vine
These plants grow best in hanging baskets, and hence they will be out of reach for your pets. Even if they chew them it is safe.
Lipstick plants with their bright flowers are safe for pets. They are best for your patio as they need sunlight to thrive.
To add fresh flavor to your cooking indoor herb gardens are a fun and easy way. But when it comes to pet safety not all herbs are created equal. Sage, basil and thyme are pet-friendly but stay away from oregano and lavender.
Spider plant will thrive anywhere indoors and it is absolutely safe for your pets.
For pet owners looking to add a small tree parlor palm is the perfect solution.
Polka Dot Plant
To add a splash of pattern to miniature gardens polka dot plant is perfect.
Prayer Plant or Calathea
For small spaces such as end tables and bookshelves prayer plant is ideal. It got its name as its leaves curl up at night.
Phalaenopsis OrchidThe phalaenopsis orchid, a common orchid variety that you see in floral shops, is safe for pets. But if your pet has the habit of chewing everything on sight they may get into trouble as the potting mix contains a large amount of bark.