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.
The money tree
Plus, they’re known for inviting in luck and prosperity, and won’t bother any curious critters.
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
Sturdy, safe, and sprouting off dozens of shoots that are easy to clip and cultivate, the spider plant
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!
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.
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!
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.
For anyone looking to add a pop of color to their home, consider the African violet
If you can find a sunny spot for this plant to settle, you and your furry friend can enjoy its beautiful blooms year-round.
This one might require a little more skill to keep, but moth orchids
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.
Beautiful, hearty, and tough as nails, the cast iron plant
Particularly curious critters may be tempted to chew on the large leaves, but luckily, it’s non-toxic and won’t cause any harm.
This is obviously an excessive amount for an indoor space, but potted bamboo
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.
Here’s a helpful infographic of poisonous flowers from Pro Flowers!