7 Indoor Plants That Are Safe for Pets (& Also Improve Our Health)

February 24, 2013
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Having plants in the house is a very easy way to spruce up a room, and they can benefit our indoor air quality as well as our mood. The tricky part can be finding plants that are aesthetically pleasing to us and our particular tastes and safe for our pets.

Cats and dogs sometimes chew on plants, and if the plant contains toxins it can cause intestinal problems and – in bad cases – death. Some plants can be kept high on a shelf or hanging from a hook which can deter a cat or dog from getting to them. But sometimes that isn’t possible.

For more information about pet-safe plants, check out these articles:

Here are 7 indoor plants that are safe for pets.

African Violet

A perennial flowering plant that is commonly indoors but may also be planted outdoors. Flowers are usually purple but can be pale blue or white.

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Lady Slipper

Lady slipper is a type of orchid that can grow up to 2 feet tall. The flowers range from pink to purple to yellow. It is believed that the plant has tannin oils but there’s been no known effects on pets who may have had contact or chewed on it.

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Spider Plant

A very common houseplant that is known to reduce indoor air pollution. It can be a hanging plant so that its stems and plantlets can be displayed, or a smaller variation that is ideal for a shelf or end table.

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Money Tree

Need a little luck? Money trees are thought to bring good fortune to those who place it in their home. As the money tree grows, it will sprout new leaves which unfold into five leaf stems.

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Cast-Iron Plant

The cast-iron plant is great for those of us who have black thumbs. It’s a hearty plant that can withstand irregular watering, low humidity, temperature changes, and low-light. This doesn’t mean you can totally forget about this plant, but it is a good option for those of us who lack talent in the gardening area, like me.

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Ponytail Plant

The ponytail plant is another “set it and forget it” type of plant and can be grown in a shallow pot. It’s a slow-growing plant and can be watered every 1 to 2 weeks. Keep them in bright light.

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Catnip is a fly and mosquito repellant and can be used as an herbal ailment. Most commonly it is given to cats. Which reminds me, your cat might chew on this one so you may want to keep it somewhere where your cat can’t freely chew on it. You can cut a few leaves off and let your cat roll around and chew on them, as too much might bring out an aggressive response.

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For a more comprehensive list of pet-safe plants check out May’s Greenhouse and the ASPCA’s Comprehensive List of Non-Toxic Outdoor and Indoor Plants.


5 Responses to “7 Indoor Plants That Are Safe for Pets (& Also Improve Our Health)”

  1. Barb says:

    Pictured is Lucky Bamboo, very toxic to cats! The common names of plants can be a tricky area. Lucky bamboo is not, in fact, related to true bamboo plants. It is not native to Asia, and is closely related to the lily. Better known as Dracaena sanderiana, this plant is a fixture in many households.

    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5794733_lucky-bamboo-poisonous_.html#ixzz2l9DMTVk5

  2. Lucy says:

    My cat spent four days in the hospital after eating lucky bamboo; he almost died. This plant is NOT SAFE for cats! Look at at the ASPCA’s website if you are looking to verify whether plants are cat-safe.

  3. Erik says:

    Thanks for the insights in this post.
    Catnip is really popular for the benefits to our cats, but many do not know about the multiple properties on humans.
    I like catnip tea and infusion.

    Thanks for the share!

  4. hj ismail says:

    Any scientific proof that money plant is toxic? Kindly response.

  5. Jessica Richman says:

    Lucy, unfortunately the ASPCA site lists “bamboo” (no qualifer) as non-toxic for cats. If you go to the list of plants toxic to cats, bamboo is not listed there either. You only find that “lucky bamboo” is toxic if you google it within the ASPCA site.

    I was just very lucky–I mentioned to the florist/clerk at Safeway that I was buying the bamboo for my kitty to munch on, and she suggested I check with my vet, as she thought the kind she had was toxic for cats. I called my vet, and the florist was right–bless her heart!

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