Pet friendly plant choices
If you are like us you love your plants and your furry friends. If you aren't just a plant parent, we've compiled a list of indoor beauties that are safe for your cat or dog so they can co-exist in your home happily.
We've listed the top do's and don'ts but if you have a pet that likes to nibble plants, we would recommend putting them up out of reach to avoid temptation and access. This may be easy enough for dog owners, but trickier for those owners of acrobatic cats. We suggest also trying to train them out of the habit.
Dogs and cats are not evolved to eat large quantities of plant matter, and most plants will cause your pet to vomit if they eat them. They will sometimes eat grass as a natural emetic and even culinary herbs can cause mild gastrointestinal upset for animals. Smaller animals are generally more adversely affected by unwanted plant consumption.
Please keep in mind we are not vets, if in doubt about possible plant toxicity please consult your pet care provider. We've compiled this by consulting with the ASPCA. Check out their website for a more comprehensive list of indoor and outdoor plants.
Plants that are considered non-toxic
Please note, they may still cause mild gastrointestinal upset if consumed, but should not be fatal or cause extensive problems.
Pellaea buttton fern
Dizzygotheca falsa aralia
Plants that are considered toxic
Please note, consumption will cause more severe gastrointestinal upset or worse. Animals and these plants do not go together.
If you need to make changes to your plant collection or add a pet-safe plant to your home, here are the options we have available on our online store. For more plant care information visit our knowledge database here.
Photo by Rae Fallon, written by Claire Greenhill