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A Selection of Safe Houseplants for Pet Owners

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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

There’s a saying that goes, “Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady.” Why not embrace both? As a devoted cat lover who has recently discovered a love for indoor greenery, I’ve found a way to indulge in both my passions by carefully selecting non-toxic plants for my home.

There are many popular houseplants that are non-toxic to both cats and dogs. My collection of pet-safe plants continues to grow, and here are a few of my current favorites:

Pet-friendly Houseplants: A few of our favorite non-toxic houseplants

Maranta or Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Indirect sunlight, partial shade
  • Frequent watering, keep soil moist

The Maranta, also known as the Prayer Plant, features bold, tropical foliage and thrives in low light with frequent watering. Its visual appeal makes it a great addition to any bohemian-style home.

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Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Indirect sunlight
  • Frequent watering / keep soil moist

The Boston Fern is a lush, low-maintenance option that can grow quite large indoors. Its adaptability and decorative value make it a great choice for various interior design styles.

Pet-friendly Houseplants: Spider plants are hearty and tough to kill. Bonus - they're pet-friendly plants!

 Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats*
  • Indirect sunlight
  • Semi-frequent watering / water when soil is dry

The Spider Plant is a low-maintenance, non-toxic option with a unique charm. It comes in green and white-striped varieties, making it a versatile addition to any home.

*While non-toxic, spider plants contain mild hallucinogenic properties, similar to catnip. They should be kept out of reach of pets to avoid ingestion.

Pet-friendly Houseplants: Did you know that air plants are non-toxic to pets?

Air Plant (Tillandsia)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Semi-frequenting watering, 12 hour soaking bath every 10-14 days

Air Plants, specifically the Tillandsia genus, have gained popularity in recent years. They are delicate and safe for pets, making them a perfect addition to any pet-friendly household.

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Peacock Plant (Calathea) 

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Indirect sunlight
  • Frequent watering / keep soil moist

The Calathea, also known as the Peacock Plant, adds a touch of elegance to any space with its distinct striped leaves. While it requires regular care, its aesthetic appeal makes it worth the effort.

Tall money tree or money plant in a living room next to a sofa.
The money tree is safe for both dog and cats.

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Bright, indirect sunlight

The Money Tree is a unique and resilient plant associated with prosperity. It requires moderate care and bright, indirect sunlight to thrive, making it a great choice for pet owners.

small dog on a couch in front of a parlor palm.
Parlor palms are a great non-toxic option.

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Low to medium indirect light

The Parlor Palm, also known as the Miniature Fish Tail Dwarf Palm, is a versatile and elegant houseplant that thrives in low to medium indirect light, making it an excellent choice for spaces with minimal natural light. It requires moderate care and occasional misting to maintain its lush appearance.

Pet-friendly Houseplants: Peperomia - Cute, and non-toxic to both dogs and cats!

Baby Rubber Plant / American Rubber Plant / Pepper Face (Peperomia obtusifolia)

  • Safe for dogs
  • Safe for cats
  • Indirect sunlight
  • Infrequent watering, water only when needed

The Peperomia is a low-maintenance plant with a sturdy nature, making it ideal for homes with pets. Its thick branches and colorful leaves make

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