Every pet owner knows that houseplants are like magnets to them- no matter the variety, the leaves end up with at least a few shreds or puncture marks from your little friend’s claws and teeth. Of course, you’re bound to worry about the things that your kitty or puppy chews on, including your houseplants. Above all, it’s important to call your vet as soon as possible for advice if your animal ingests a toxic plant. To ease your worries, check out this list of pet friendly houseplants that won’t harm your furry friends if they take a nibble.
Easy to care for, calatheas have many varieties ranging from large to small. Some varieties curl their leaves up at night, showing their red or purple undersides.
2. Spider Plant
A fast grower and basic garden staple for many indoor plant fanatics, spider plants are cat and dog friendly.
Phalaenopsis orchids, the ones most commonly found in floral shops, grocery stores, etc. are safe for both cats and dogs. Be wary of the potting medium, however, as it can contain lots of bark.
4. Parlor Palm
Another easy plant for beginners, parlor palms are a great option for cat and dog owners wanting to put a small tree inside their home.
5. Hens N’ Chicks
Hens n’ chicks are a common succulent that is easy to find and take care of. Be careful about bringing other succulents into your home as others, such as jade, are toxic.
6. Air Plants
With a modern, structured look, air plants are a great conversation starter. Be sure to keep them out of reach of your pets, as the stiff, bristly, leaves are irresistible to cats and dogs!
As a pet owner, try to keep only pet friendly houseplants in your home to play it safe. However, if your cat or dog takes a bite of your houseplant and you’re unsure of its toxicity, call your vet immediately. After that, if a vet is not immediately available monitor your pet for signs of plant poisoning, including reactions like: diarrhea, irritated or tired body language, abnormal thirst, appetite loss, vomiting, and lethargy. If you observe these symptoms, contact the closest animal hospital for instructions. Lastly, remember to tell the vet staff the name of the plant the animal has ingested to receive the best treatment.