10 Purifying Houseplants that Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

Posted by Krissy Howard
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Check out this easy, go-to guide for introducing safe indoor plants that won’t pose a risk to your four-legged friends! 

Most pet owners already know that certain species of houseplants can pose a threat to the health of their furry friends, but here’s an easy reference for anyone looking to add some air purifying goodness to their indoor spaces without compromising the welfare of their pets.

Check out these non-toxic plants.

1. Money Tree

The money tree, or money plant, not only works to reduce toxins such as formaldehyde from the air, but is a great choice for anyone with asthma, lung issues, or calls a smoggy city home.

Plus, they’re known for inviting in luck and prosperity, and won’t bother any curious critters.

2. Palms

There are several varieties of palm that are easy to keep indoors, and won’t leave your furry friends sick or feeling icky.

If you’re just starting to cultivate your green thumb, consider the areca palm which don’t require much care, and naturally purifies the air around it.

3. Spider Plant

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Sturdy, safe, and sprouting off dozens of shoots that are easy to clip and cultivate, the spider plant is an excellent way to bring some healing yet decorative flair to any room.

Because this plant tends to dangle, however, take care to place high up in a hanging basket to avoid any cat-induced catastrophes – those stems can be enticing!

4. Boston Fern

Boston ferns are said to work as a living air humidifier, perfect for anyone stuck indoors in areas where harsh winters force us to blast dry heat from air vents.

5. Tradescantia Zebrina

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Non-toxic and known to spread into a lush display, this purple plant is wonderful for hanging near a window or draped over an end table, and cats are known to love their soft, curling leaves!

6. Wax Plant

This sturdy plant is great for anyone frequently exposed to chemicals found in paint, gasoline, or smog, and is non-toxic to both dogs and cats.

7. African Violet

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For anyone looking to add a pop of color to their home, consider the African violet, whose leaves typically bear a purple or deep pinkish hue.

If you can find a sunny spot for this plant to settle, you and your furry friend can enjoy its beautiful blooms year-round.

8. Moth Orchids

This one might require a little more skill to keep, but moth orchids not only bring beautiful blossoms indoors, they also purify indoor air.

They are most well known to combat paint fumes, so if you happen to know of any pet parents who recently made a move, this could make for a wonderful housewarming gift.

9. Cast Iron Plant

Beautiful, hearty, and tough as nails, the cast iron plant will do well under just about any conditions inside the home, and also makes for a great garden filler for the outside areas as well.

Particularly curious critters may be tempted to chew on the large leaves, but luckily, it’s non-toxic and won’t cause any harm.

10. Bamboo

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This is obviously an excessive amount for an indoor space, but potted bamboo is easy to find just about anywhere, and only grow as large as their container, so you won’t have to worry about overgrowth.

It also makes for a great and safe way to detox the air inside any home or apartment. Houseplants improve air quality and most are relatively low-maintenance. They also make for beautiful home decor.

There are plenty of safe options out there to decorate and detox the home without harming your pets, although a few potted poisonous plants are known for being highly toxic, so be sure to steer clear of succulents (especially if you have curious cats), snake plant, and oleander, which can even be toxic to young children! Sure signs that your cat has gotten into something they shouldn’t are vomiting and diarrhea.

Do you have any houseplants? Which ones do you have? Tell us in the comments below. 

 


10 Purifying Houseplants that Are Safe for Cats and Dogs