When we introduce a new plant into our house, we often consider the season this plant thrives in, the amount of water it will need, and the amount of light this plant might require -determining its location in our house- but more important than these considerations is whether or not the plant is pet safe for our cats and dogs.
There are many reasons that our pets might develop a taste for the plants throughout our houses. For example, our Cats and Dogs become accustomed to solving their needs and discomforts on their own without a voice to tell us what’s wrong. One way in which our pets relieve themselves of discomfort is through eating and digesting plants outside when their stomach is upset to flush out the toxins. This is most often done by our cats, but dogs will as well if they aren’t feeling well. Our pets might also turn to our plants if they feel they have a certain nutritional deficiency, or they might even be chewing your plants simply because it’s fun!
Without proper attention paid to the type of plants we have throughout our house we can be putting our pets in danger. Many plants including the Sago Palm, the Tomato Plant, Aloe Vera, Daffodil, Tulips, and Lilies are poisonous for either Cats or Dogs. These plants are all common and beautiful houseplants, but if our pets digest them, they can cause side effects ranging from slowed heart rate and gastrointestinal issues, to fatal kidney failure as seen in cats after digesting Lilies.
Our top 4 favorite pet-safe house plants at Habitable
The Chlorophytum Comosum, often called the spider plant is a beautiful household plant that consists of a basket of long thin arched foliage, solid green, or white and green in color. The Spider plant even produces little offshoots in the summer called pups that look like little spiders, hence the name!
The peperomia might not be the easiest of the plants on our list to pronounce, but this thick, beautiful, and hearty genus of tropical plants is one of our favorites. Native to Mexico, South America, and the West Indies, and with more than 1,000 known species, these plants are not only beautiful, but safe for our Pets as well!
The Ponytail Palm is neither a Palm nor a tree, but belongs to the succulent family. Sometimes known as the elephant foot tree, we think this cute tabletop plant resembles something out of a Dr. Seuss novel.
The Pilea Peperomioides aka. the Chinese Money plant is an Asiatic perennial herb, native to the Yunnan Province in Southern China at the foot of the Himalayas. This plant is a member of the stinging-nettle family, but does not share the poisonous characteristics of the Stinging Nettle making this a great choice for you and your pet.