Houseplants that are safe for cats and dogs

Pet-friendly house plants are a must in case you are populating your home with greenery but have pets – and particularly young, curious ones – inside your home.

A home with pets is a wonderful one. But sometimes, you want something more- like a plant or two to spruce up the place. The thing is, certain plants can be toxic for animals. And, as a pet parent, the very last thing you want is your fur baby to chew on something that can cause him harm. To aid, we’ve compiled a list of 10 plants that will add color and texture to your decor while keeping your cats and dogs safe and happy, along with five that you should avoid.

10 pet friendly indoor plants
African Violet
Spider Plant
Christmas Cactus
Venus Fly trap
Boston Fern
Zebra Plant
Polka Dot Plant
Prayer Plant
Some Succulents
Lipstick Plant
1. African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.)
What a safe plant that offers beautiful blooms? Search no further than the African Violet. Not only does it come in a variety of purple and pink hues, but it’s also zero-maintenance and thrives without bright light.

2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants never seem to be to go out of style. They’re easy to grow, adaptable, and contain air-purifying qualities. With all it provides, a spider plant is a great non-toxic option for your home.

3. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)
Christmas cacti are a nice non-toxic option for curious cats and dogs. While it’s still not really a good plan to let your pet chew on it (as they can cause some intestinal discomfort if swallowed), it’s still a much safer choice than other festive plants.

4. Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)
If you want a fun and funky addition to your houseplant collection, a carnivorous option- like the venus fly trap- can be a real winner. It’ll keep you and your pets entertained without one of you having to check out the vet.

5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis)
Ferns on the whole are incredibly eye-catching, but the foliage of Boston ferns is stunning. While they are often hung because of the lovely dangling fonds, they are simply also great for window boxes and pots. Therefore, if you have pets, there’s no need to worry as they are non-toxic. Remember, however, that non-toxicity would not connect with all ferns.

6. Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata)
This plant gets its name from its waxy foliage, which is accented with stripes of green and cream colors. On small side, rarely exceeding the height of 12-inches, this is a wonderfully beautiful pet-friendly option.

7. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
A polka dot plant is a fairly easy way to include a splash of color and pattern to your home, whether you add them to your outdoor gardens or pot them indoors. These pet-friendly plants come speckled in colors like pink, red, or white and generally stick to the little side when grown in containers.

8. Prayer Plant (Calathea insignis)
Because of their compact size, prayer plants are well suited for small spaces like bookshelves and end tables. Its red, cream and green leaves relax at night, giving it its name. And, not only is it safe for your pet, it’s easy to grow.

9. Some Succulents (Echeveria elegans)
Succulents are incredibly popular, however, not absolutely all are safe for pets. And, with so many unique varieties, it may be difficult to know which ones are safe. Two that you don’t have to worry about include the very beautiful Hens and Chickens and the Urbinia Rose.

10. Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus humilis)
Looking for something a little quirky yet safe for your dog? Consider a lipstick plant, whose blooms look like- you guessed it- tubes of lipstick. A native of the tropics, the lipstick plant prefers warmer temps, bright light, and water.