10 Pet Safe Indoor Plants to Beautify Your Living Space
Nothing freshens your indoor environment like natural greenery. Many such plants are even known detoxifiers, but some plants (even the detoxifiers) are poisonous to cats and dogs; however, you can safely spruce up your interior with any one of these 10 pet-safe indoor plants.
Palms that perform well indoors (such as bamboo palms, areca palms, or dwarf date palms) add style and texture to your home. Not only that, but these palms also boost oxygen levels while removing various common toxins from your home’s air.
Like palms, spider plants add texture to any environment. Long—often variegated—leaves protrude from the plant’s center. Spider plants can hang in a pot or sit. Their sizes vary; the fact that they purify the surrounding air is an added benefit.
Unless you’ve got an atrium or a courtyard, it’s probably best to go for the small, potted bamboo plants; however, bamboo not only creates an exotic aesthetic while serving as a detoxifier, it is also safe for cats and dogs.
A homier plant that’s easy to keep alive and that looks great hanging from the ceiling is the Boston Fern. While ferns look lovely in any environment, keep in mind that not all ferns are pet-friendly.
Bromeliads are a striking, colorful, tropical plant characterized by large, long green leaves and a brightly colored flower reminiscent of a pineapple.
Another popular, colorful pet safe plant is the Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanth). The plant is characterized by vibrant, glossy leaves and little flowers “peek” out of tubes, bearing a striking resemblance to lipstick in its tube.
Don’t panic…unlike other types of cacti, Christmas cacti don’t have spikes or toxin dangerous to pets. Christmas cacti are small potted plants with small, colorful blooms. As suggested by their name, these plants flower around December, which is often a welcome pop of color during the winter.
For a pop of year-round color, the African violet is an ideal choice. Placed in a warm location where there’s lots of light, African violets are very prolific non-toxic flowing plants.
Not only are this varietal of orchids beautiful and not poisonous to cats or dogs, but their flowers are also edible. Consuming edible flora is a growing trend; though, most who grow Phalaenopsis orchids prefer them for their aesthetic, not their culinary, qualities.
Succulents are a favorite of many who cultivate indoor plants. Among the pet-safe varieties are burros tail (sedum morganianum), haworthia, hens and chicks, echeveria, rosettes, etc. Some are, however, toxic. Before you get a new succulent or other plant, review the list of toxic plants available here on the ASPCA website.
Keep pets from snacking on nontoxic indoor greenery by ensuring they’re fed a healthy diet rich in all-natural proteins such as those made by Wellness Pet Food. Visit our website to see wet and dry foods as well as snacks and treats. Wellness makes something for every cat or dog’s dietary needs.
By Alison Streit Birken, DVM