Looking out for our furry little friends is a constant job, they seem to have the ability to get in, on and over places that we never thought possible so for most of the time,we have to be on our guard constantly to make sure that they are not getting into something that they shouldn’t.
There are many hazardous items around the house that can potentially cause harm to our pets but there is one potential danger that can cause a lot of heartache and its right under your nose.( and theirs) INDOOR PLANTS. That’s right!. Some plants can have devastating results on our pets and the sad fact is that most of us would not even be aware of the dangers that they represent.
Pet friendly houseplants is not exactly a sign that you are going to see down at Walmart or your local pet store so how are you going to know the difference?
I’ve done a little digging around ( Pardon the Pun)and came up with a list of some of the most common plants that will keep your furry friends healthy and happy .
As their name suggests, these alluring little plants are natives of Africa and have intoxicating blue/purple flowers as well as pet safe.
Echeveria are originally from Mexico and Central America and enjoy the full sun. However, try to avoid drastic sunlight changes and summer afternoon full sun. Dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out. These plants also don’t enjoy the cold either and will die in freezing temperatures. Just because you live where winter is a real winter doesn’t mean that you and your pets can’t enjoy these colorful plants. You can keep them healthy during the cold months by moving them indoors. Then,once the threat of frost has passed, gradually move them back outside in the spring.
As its name suggests, the Friendship plant gets its name from the apparent ease of how it can be divided up and given to friends for regrowth. Its wrinkled foliage makes it the subject of many curious pets but have no fear, it’s harmless to our little friends.
Here’s a Pet friendly houseplant that has a touch of humility about it. Its leaves actually curl up at nighttime which is where it got its name from. Growing to about 8 inches, the Prayer Plant is one of the easier plants to grow and maintain and is ideal as a hanging plant.
Pucker up! These plants are aptly named because just before they bloom, their flower buds which is in dark purple calyxes resemble a tube of lipstick coming out from its case.
The Parlor Plant has been an indoor favorite for many years because of its relatively low maintenance and its adaptation to low light conditions.
Super smooth and beautiful in any room in your home. Not only are they easy to care for, but they also thrive in low light conditions and can help to produce a much more calmer effect in our homes. Spider plants have air purifying qualities and are awesome for dogs and cats.
The Bromeliad plant family is a huge group of tropical plants that range from tiny air plants to giant rooted varieties with dramatic neon flowers. Air plants are a great choice for households with pets because they’re easy to mount on the wall like art or hang from the ceiling in a place that even the most acrobatic cats can’t reach. If you want some plants on the floor level, there are some slightly spiky bromeliads that’ll do the trick. Although they have small spines on their leaves, they aren’t large enough to cause serious injury to animals. Instead, they will act as a deterrent to all but the most determined chewers.
Garfield the cat made it very evident that Boston ferns are not poisonous. Gorgeous in a hanging basket or container, these ferns are as much home inside as they are outside but fair warning, they can grow rather large if not kept trimmed. They have a wonderful airy feel to a well-lit region.
Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant definitely lives up to its name and is one of the toughest houseplants out there. Not only are they beautiful, but they will thrive in rigid conditions. If you don’t have a lot of time, these plants could also be the perfect solution as well because they don’t need a lot of water to survive. Pets tend to avoid these as their tough foliage is a great deterrent.
There is a huge variety of palm trees, and many of them make excellent plants that are safe for cats and dogs Areca, bamboo juggle, parlor and ponytail just to name a few and many are available in different shapes and sizes to make your home beautiful.
The Burros tail,although a Cacti is actually a succulent and can tolerate extreme weather conditions but much happier in a warmer temperate climate. The larger stems give the appearance of woven or pleated leaves and is easy to care for Makes a great indoor or patio plant.
Cool looking, easy to care for, and pet safe, even if your pet eats the leaves(Which hopefully they won’t) Haworthia is the genus for these tiny succulent plants which are endemic to Southern Africa and are similar to the Aloe family and are very distinctive in their appearance.
Friendly or Not ?
A Final Note on pet friendly houseplants,Even though the plants above aren’t actively toxic for your furry family members, they aren’t exactly gentle either. Any of the non-food items your cats and dogs ingest can cause stomach upset and vomiting. That’s not necessarily life-threatening, but if your pets just can’t resist snacking on leaves or flowers, you may want to replace your living botanicals with realistic faux substitutes. They’ll always look great without posing any troubles for your furry friends.
And of course if you are not 100 percent sure that any of the plants in your home are totally safe, a quick visit to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website, should provide you with enough information for you to make a safe decision.