8 Pretty Houseplants that are Safe for Pets
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Houseplants are a great way to improve the air quality of your home and add some beautiful greenery to your décor. But if you have pets at home, houseplants can be a dangerous addition to your décor. If you’re worried about accidentally adding a toxic plant to your home, I have you covered! These eight pretty houseplants are safe for dogs, cats and other pets.
Polka Dot Plant
The adorable spotted leaves of the Polka Dot Plant will add a cute splash of color to your home without taking too much space. These non-toxic plants are perfect for miniature gardens and terrariums. And they come in a variety of colors, so they’ll work with any décor.
This popular houseplant is a great choice for a home with pets. In addition to being cat and dog friendly, this striking plant adds a ton of vibrancy to your home. The spider plant thrives pretty much anywhere indoors, including pots or hanging baskets.
This easy-to-grow houseplant is great for purifying the air in your home and adding some greenery to any room. And you can have peace of mind adding it to your home knowing it’s safe for dogs and cats.
If you’re searching for a way to add a fresh floral houseplant to your home’s décor, the African Violet is a great choice. Not only is it safe for your furry friends, it’s also a wonderful way to add a pop of color to any room.
For a big statement that’s also safe for your pets, opt for bamboo. These towering houseplants will make an impact in any room while also being nontoxic to both dogs and cats.
Hens and Chicks
With the growing popularity of succulents, finding one that works for your home with pets may be a challenge because some succulent varieties are toxic to animals. But hens and chicks are safe for homes with animals – and they add some great visual appeal to any room. Stay away from the Jade succulent – it’s not safe for pets.
For a smaller decorative accent perfect for bookshelves or end tables, choose the Prayer Plant. While this little houseplant doesn’t take up much space, it’s unique (and non-toxic) striped leaves add tons of visual appeal.
Ferns are wonderful natural air filters, making them a great choice for your home. While some varieties of ferns can be harmful to animals (like the asparagus fern which is actually part of the lily family), the Boston Fern is perfectly safe for pets.
Always double-check to make sure any plants (or cut flowers) are pet safe before you bring them home. The ASPCA has a great list of plants that are toxic and non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses. If your pet is eating large amounts, any plant can cause gastrointestinal problems, so keep an eye on them, and go to your vet if your pet is acting strange (not eating or drinking, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.). If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact either your vet or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.