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10 Beautiful Houseplants Safe for Cats and Dogs

Updated on October 9, 2016

Growing houseplants is a lovely way to add attractive foliage and flowers to indoor spaces as well as providing air purification.

However, your pet may find find your plants fun to nibble at and ingest. As responsible pet owners, we need to identify toxic and non-toxic plants for the safety of our pets. It is important to keep in mind that even plants considered to be non-toxic can produce minor stomach upset if ingested.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus in Bloom
Christmas Cactus in Bloom | Source

10 Non-toxic Plants: Keeping our Furry Friends Safe

1. Christmas Cactus:
They are easy to care for and can live for years. The flowers usually bloom around Christmas time and Easter. Colours range from yellow, pink, white, salmon, or a combination of these colours.
One of my dad’s favourite plants that oddly flowers year-round for him.

Areca Palm
Areca Palm | Source

2. Areca Palm

Known for their their air purifying abilities, this plant can grow up to 7 feet indoors. It is also known as the yellow butterfly palm, bamboo palm and golden cane palm.


3. Bamboo

Bamboos are one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo's long life makes it a Chinese symbol of honor and in India, it is a symbol of friendship.

Do NOT confuse bamboo with "lucky bamboo", which is toxic for cats and dogs.

Large Pony Tail Palm
Large Pony Tail Palm | Source

4. Pony Tail Palm:

Known for its green leaves that have a pony tail-like appearance (duh…). It requires very little attention, but it also grows really

Spider Plant
Spider Plant | Source

5. Spider Plant

This plant has skinny, arching leaves that are dark green with a creamy white stripe. Great for newbie gardeners, these plants are relatively easy to maintain.

African Violet
African Violet | Source

6. African Violet

This beautiful flower that has dark green, think fuzzy leaves and vibrant flowers that can be violet, pink, white, salmon, or blue in colour. African violets are common indoor houseplants that can thrive in low light conditions and bloom throughout the year

Lemon Button Fern
Lemon Button Fern | Source

7. Lemon Button Fern

This is a small fern that grows up to a foot and has golden-green fronds with rounded edges.
This plant has a faint lemon scent to it!

Lady Slipper Orchid
Lady Slipper Orchid | Source

8. Lady Slipper Orchid

This plant has an exotic and interesting appearance. Its flowers, which has a slipper-like appearance, grow on a thin, elegant stem. Only one or two flowers bloom from each stem.

Money Tree
Money Tree | Source

9. Money Tree

This plant is also known as Pachira aquatica and is considered to be a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Its size is largely determined by its age and pot size, usually growing upwards of 6-7 feet indoors.

Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plant | Source

10. Cast Iron Plant

This is one hardy plant! It has a reputation for withstanding neglect as it tolerant of low light and humidity, temperature changes, and irregular watering. Its leaves are a glossy dark green and its flowers are small and dull brown-purple in colour.

Do you own a cat and/or a dog?

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How is a helpful link, courtesy of the ASPCA, that you can use to quickly look up whether or not the plant is safe for your dogs or cats.


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    • Lisabean2202 profile image

      Lisa Bean 

      20 months ago from Nevada

      You've got some good info here. This was always a concern when we had cats because they would always be so curious and would often rub up against and sometimes nibble whatever plants were in our home.

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      2 years ago

      now I can have plants back into my home ya

    • marieloves profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much, MsDora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up, Useful, Beautiful and more! I'm sure that pet owners appreciate this guide to safe plants for dogs and cats.

      Welcome to HubPages! You're off to a very good start.

    • marieloves profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Cyn. You are correct. Edited!

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      6 years ago

      Lucky Bamboo, the one pictured, is highly toxic to cats--it is not real bamboo. Check the ASPCA website for safer info.


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