You can still decorate your home with greenery with these pet friendly plants!
One of the easiest ways to breathe some life into a room is with the addition of a plant or two. Plants not only add colour, but many houseplants also have air-purifying properties. Unfortunately, choosing the right plant can be a headache for pet owners, especially ones with pets who love to chew and nibble on anything they find. We created a list of ASPCA approved plants recognized as being non-toxic to cats and dogs. Keep scrolling for a sample of pet-friendly options.
The Peperomia polybotrya is a compact plant. It is very well suited for a beginner as it is an easy to care for house plant. The plant features heart-shaped, succulent foliage and typically only achieves a maximum height of one foot. There are more species of peperomia to choose from, all with different colours and shaped leaves.
Chamadorea (Parlor Palm)
The Parlor Palm is also a low-maintenance and hardy houseplant. It’s the perfect way to add a tropical touch to your indoors. It has an easy-going adaptive attitude to low light and humidity levels, all the while being effective at improving air quality and making it on to NASA’s list of 50 Indoor plants that clean the air.
Pet friendly doesn’t mean no colour. Bromeliad plants provide an exotic touch to the home and bring a sense of the tropics and sun-kissed climates. Growing a bromeliad as a houseplant is easy and brings interesting texture and colour. Bromeliad flowers will last for a very long time, but once their time comes to an end, so will the plant. The leaves will slowly start to lose their colour, but eventually the plant will produce pups. One can transplant and cultivate these pups.
If you’re looking for something bigger, the kentia palm might be the right choice for you. Just like the chamadorea, this is a low maintenance plant. It regularly grows green leaves from its heart keeping the leaves lush and healthy. These leaves produce oxygen and clean air in the home, sure to uplift a home environment. This plant thrives both indoors and outdoors, if it gets shaded from the sun.
The Calathea plant is a popular plant used for homes and offices as well. It is a type of plant that prefers indirect lighting, which means makes it perfect for indoor usage and office buildings. Calathea plants are popular for indoor purposes because they are generally easy to care for and they look great, offering bright green plants to liven up indoor spaces. There is a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from as well.
These are plants labelled as non-toxic to cats and dogs by the ASPCA. However, we advise that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. Sherries will not be held accountable to any symptom, although any symptoms are expected to not be life-threatening. If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, please contact a vet immediately.
If you would like to know more, here is a list of all ASPCA approved plants. Unfortunately, while you now know how to save your pet from your plants, you still need to deal with saving the plant from the pet 😂