Having pets in your home can be a wonderful thing – but it can also mean you have to be careful about the types of plants you keep around your house. While many plants are toxic and should be kept away from pets, there are some that are safe for dogs and cats.
What is plant toxicity?
Toxicity of a plant means they contain a substance that is poisonous or harmful to pets when ingested. If you suspect your pet has eaten a toxic plant, call the Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.
Here are 6 easy-care, non-toxic plants that are safe for your furry babies:
1. Spider Plant
The spider plant is a simple houseplant that requires little care and grows well in low-light environments. Keeping a spider plant alive is great for beginners, as it requires almost no attention.
2. Peperomia Plant
Tropical, hardy and compact, peperomia plants are easily grown in containers or as houseplants. They can be used to add a touch of color in entryways, bathrooms and offices. The small plants also make good gifts.
The plants thrive with minimal care and are very forgiving. They need little water and can be left unattended for several days without damage.
Allow yourself to fall in love with this beautiful plant!
3. Money Tree
A money tree is an indoor plant that is thought to bring good luck and fortune.
It is a popular houseplant for those looking to grow their financial future.
(There's no harm in believing, right?)
Tropical ferns love the heat and thrive outdoors in full sun or partial shade (just bring them back inside during the cold season). They also enjoy moderate humidity.
5. Burrito/Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Burrito or Donkey's Tail or Burro's Tail (Sedum Morganianum) is a favourite among succulent collectors. She looks extraordinary with her small fleshy leaves hanging from her long stems. She rarely blooms but when she does, she produces pink flowers.
Echeverias have thick, succulent leaves that are generally gray-green in color and a very bright floral blossom (usually pink or red). These plants can be propagated by removing offsets (called "pups"), which will grow into new plants.
There are many more plants that are approved as non-toxic for pets The ASPCA has an updated and current list for you to reference when shopping for your plants.
View the list here
Any time you introduce a new plant into your home, be sure to research it before allowing it around your pet. Some plants can cause serious injury to or even death of your pet if ingested or touched.