Pet Safe Plants

One of the easiest ways to breathe some life into a room is with the addition of a plant or two. Plants not only add colour but many houseplants also have air-purifying properties. The drawback, though, is that some of the most popular houseplants are also toxic to pets and children if ingested. To keep your pets safe in a plant-filled home, we consulted the index of pet safe plants that are non-toxic to both dogs and cats and have picked a few of our favourites. While it’s still not recommended that Fido make a meal out of any of these varieties, choosing pet safe plants is a smart precaution to take.

Boston Fern

pet safe plants

Some ferns can be highly toxic but if you’re looking for one that your cat can safely attack, the Boston fern is a great choice. Originally from the tropics, this plant prefers filtered light and humidity levels.

Blue Echeveria

pet safe plants

Also referred to the hen and chicks, the blue echeveria is an attractive houseplant due to its blue colouring and flower-like shape. It prefers plenty of light and not too much watering.

African Violet

pet safe plants

They’re grown bets indoors as they can be sensitive to temperature changes. African Violets aren’t considered edible, unlike sweet violets, however they’re non-toxic.

Spider Plant

pet safe plants

The spider plant prefers moderate light, but will grow in a wide range of conditions. Because this plant tends to dangle, we advise that you place up high or in a hanging basket to avoid any cat-astrophes!

Venus Fly Trap

pet safe plants

Well-known for its carnivorous nature, the Venus fly trap does well in bright light and humid conditions. Lethal to gnats and small insects, this captivating plant is completely safe for pets.

Phalaenopsis Orchids

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Also known as moth orchids, they’re among the hardiest of orchids preferring high temperatures, higher humidity and low light conditions.

Basil

pet safe plants

Many herbs are toxic to cats and dogs but basil is a safe option that’s low maintenance and very versatile.

 

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