Houseplants that are safe for cats and dogs

Houseplants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

Houseplants are a beautiful addition to any home, bringing life and colour to your space – although choose which ones you want carefully, as some can be harmful to pets.

We look at some of the best houseplants for cats and dogs, as well as what to avoid when it comes to adding greenery to your pet-friendly residences…

Safe Houseplants for Cats and Dogs

The importance of researching pet-friendly houseplants cannot be overstated. Pets cannot distinguish between toxic and non-toxic flora, so it’s up to you – their owner – to make informed choices about what greenery you’re going to have in your home.

Types of plants that are safe for cats and dogs include:

  • Money tree
  • Hibiscus
  • Spider plant
  • Bamboo
  • Certain herbs – including basil, dill, sage and rosemary

However, just because a plant isn’t toxic to cats and/or dogs, doesn’t mean it won’t still make them sick. Be sure to keep any pots or trays containing houseplants out of their reach to avoid any unpleasant incidents.

Common House Plants Poisonous to Pets

Much in the same way as humans, cats and dogs can also be extremely allergic to certain plants, grasses, pollens and other substances – and you will need to steer clear of them when choosing which flora you’d like to include in your household. Some common species to avoid are:

  • Lantana
  • Philodendrons
  • Poinsettia
  • Dumbcane
  • Hyacinths
  • Mistletoe
  • Easter lily

If you’re concerned that your pet has ingested a poisonous plant or happen to notice any signs of poisoning – such as vomiting, drooling, diarrhoea, disorientation or even collapsing – then take them to the vet immediately.