There are lots of things to take into consideration when choosing a new plant for your home — space, lighting, temperature, care... or maybe you’re just an impulse buyer (we’re not judging!) and you’ll figure it out later. If you’re a pet parent, one thing you definitely need to take into account is whether your plant is pet-safe.
When you love your fur babies and your plants, it’s important to pick houseplants that serve the best of both worlds. Here are a few of our favorites.
6 pet-friendly houseplants
Lots of plants are toxic to pets, so if you don’t have a high shelf to put them on, it’s best that you pick pet-friendly plants instead. Here are a few of our favorite easy-to-care-for plants.
bloom for months and even rebloom with proper care. Our ice cube watering method is a foolproof way to keep your orchid healthy for the long haul. They require bright, indirect sunlight.
Spider plants are easy to care for, which makes them great starter plants. Plus, they grow spider babies you can share with your friends! They prefer bright, indirect sunlight, but they can tolerate lower-light conditions.
Money tree plants
are thought to bring fortune and good luck to their owners. They can also be watered with our ice-cube method and will stay green for years with proper care. Money tree plants enjoy bright, indirect sunlight.
The green and purple varieties of the echeveria succulents are safe for cats and dogs. Echeveria are perfect, petite additions to windowsills, desktops or tables. They love bright sunlight.
If you’re looking for a funky addition to your houseplant collection, peperomia is it! The foliage looks like a cluster of green beans, and they require very little watering. They thrive in bright, indirect sunlight.
Whispy ponytail palms tolerate the dry conditions of most houses and they add a fun whimsy to any room. Ponytail palms are considered succulents, so they love bright, sunny spots. With proper care, they can grow up to 4 feet tall.
Although they are trendy at the moment, the following plants are toxic to your furbabies. Find a high shelf or avoid bringing them home.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Peace Lily
- Sago Palm
- ZZ Plant
If your cat still insists on trying every plant you bring home, consider keeping some cat grass, catnip or oat grass around for them to nibble on.