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10 Plants That Are Safe For Your Pets

There are two things that have lots in common and that we all love: pets and plants! It can be extremely satisfying taking care of your plants and watching them grow and thrive. For all of the pet lovers out there, we know that your pet is your baby, your best friend and a member of your family. As we do with both pets and plants once we take them home, we research the do’s and the don'ts about taking care of them. Unfortunately, many common plants we have in our house can be toxic to our pets if they ingest, sometimes even causing seizures, tremors or even worse. 

If you want to spruce up your home without the worry, consider taking these plants home with you!

  • African Violet

  • This is a pet friendly plant that blooms on and off all year. They are best grown indoors because they are sensitive to temperature changes and enjoy part sun exposure. Keep this plant moist using room temperature water while also trying to water underneath the fuzzy leaves. 

  • Boston Fern

  • While not all ferns are non-toxic, the boston fern is safe for all pets! These ferns tend to love filtered light and high humidity levels. Make sure to keep these plants moist and if you can try to mist them and they will pull toxins out of the air around you. 

  • Parlour Plant 

  • This low maintenance plant would be a great addition to many spaces in your home. It does prefer humidity and bright indirect light when it comes to their environment but it will tolerate drier, low-light conditions. Only water this plant when the soil is dry and keep the parlour plant in a well draining potting mix and pot!

  • Spider Plant

  • This is one of the best plants you can buy for air purification. The spider plant is not only safe for plants but also is extremely hard to kill, therefore making it a great plant for first time plant parents. If you own a cat, this may not be the best option depending on if your cat really enjoys the plants you already have around home. This plant contains chemicals that are mildly hallucinogenic to cats. 

  • Christmas Cactus

  • This favourite is a great addition to your pant collection as if they are properly cared for leading up to the holiday season, will produce beautiful blooms. It likes medium light levels and be careful not to over water, therefore only give your christmas cactus water when the soil is completely dry. As it’s easy to propagate, this plant can keep on giving!

  • Calathea Orbifolia

  • The Calathea has beautifully oversized leaves that will be a great statement piece in any room you put it in. While they are pet friendly they are more challenging to care for. Make sure to do your research prior to bringing one home to make sure your environment is suitable for this plant!

  • Friendship Plant

  • Friendship plants are best known for their fuzzy, quilted looking leaves. While this plant technically is considered low-maintenance, the humidity and temperature of its environment needs to be specific for it to thrive. Research on this plant would definitely be helpful if you havent had one before. 

  • Baby Tears

  • The Baby Tears will produce lots of beautiful tiny white flowers. They like having an environment that contains bright, indirect light. With regular and consistent watering, keep this plant moist but never soggy as if the roots stay too wet then then the stems will die. 

  • Basil

  • Just because you are able to grow herbs on your kitchen window sill and consume for yourself, doesn't mean your pets can as well. There are many herbs that are actually toxic to your furry friends so before you start a beautiful herb garden, look into what is best to have for a pet friendly home! Basil however is a great option and will be safe for your pets to consume if they happen to.

  • Wax Plant

  • Also known as hoya vines, the wax plant is easy to care for in most home settings as long as they receive plenty of indirect sunlight and have high humidity. If taken care of properly, they will bloom beautiful delicate flowers that almost don’t look real.  

    The caveat to all of this is that some pets will eat your non-toxic plants and still throw up. This does not mean that your plant is toxic! Animals will tend to eat grass and or other plants when they aren’t feeling well to ease their stomach and sometimes this includes their digestive system throwing it back up. Always do your research when it comes to the toxicity of a plant before bringing it into contact with your pets!

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