Having houseplants is really nice to add some décor to your space and make it feel more inviting. Plants can change the look and feel of an area depending on what type of plants you choose. But how do you know which plants are safe for cats and which plants are safe for dogs? We’ve made a list of 25 pet safe plants that you can have in your home.
African Violets are perfect pet safe plants for those who wish to have blooms. They have beautiful purple hues. This plant is versatile and low maintenance. It thrives without bright light, in moderate temperatures with average humidity so it’s the perfect houseplant for those who want easy maintenance and normal house temperatures. You’ll see its best health in a soil-free potting mix with balanced fertilizer.
Air plants are safe for cats and dogs while also being super modern and cool. If you have chewers however, you might want to keep these guys out of reach because their tempting leaves are fun to chew on. Air plants do well in a lot of different settings so you can throw them up on a shelf or in a bowl amongst other places and they’ll thrive (and stay out of reach of paws and teeth).
Aluminum Plant (Watermelon Plant)
The variegated silver and green leaves of the aluminum plant make them an attractive choice for homes. These guys are easy to take care of and do well in hanging baskets so you can keep them off the floor if you wish. They like average room temperatures and bright indirect light. Water them when the soil gets dry.
This plant is safe for cats and dogs, which is good because its palm fronds can trigger a playful cat’s instincts to swat and bite at it. Areca palms can make your home feel like you’re in the tropics, so if you’re needing a little pick-me-up or just want to feel like you’re sitting on a beach somewhere, this plant is for you. Grow in a bright room and let the soil dry out between waterings.
This pet safe plant is related to asparagus, as you could guess from the name, however it’s not a true fern. These plants like rich soil and filtered light. They’re happy with average water so maintenance is pretty simple with this one.
These little bitty green leaves fit in a lot of places so they’re perfect for decorating. Add them to a terrarium, in a hanging basket or around the base of an indoor tree. Baby tears cover up soil so if you have diggers, they help discourage pets that like to dig in the plants.
For all you tropical lovers, here’s another great plant to add to your collection. Water this guy a few times a week, give it bright indirect light and it’ll stay happy. They even purify the air in your home so it’s a great plant to help you and your fur babies stay healthy.
If you’re looking for something a little more ~dramatic~ look no further. This large plant is non-toxic to your dogs and cats and it’s pretty. Give it some rich soil, bright light and regular watering to keep it growing big.
Bird’s Nest Fern
If you’re looking for a pet safe plant that doesn’t need much light, you’ve found the one! The bird’s nest fern does well in low-light areas because it’s used to growing on everything from tree trunks to the sides of buildings. It’s pretty adaptable. Just water this one weekly and it’ll stay happy.
The Boston fern is a low maintenance kind of plant so those who want something that isn’t needy, hello, right here. Just keep it in high humidity and consistent moisture and this fern will sprout stems like crazy.
Bromeliad plants have tough leaves and bright, cone-shaped blooms so they make good decorations. They’re also easy to maintain. Just give them a bright window and humid environment. If you have a cat or dog that likes to dig in soil, no problem because they will grow soil-free.
This pet safe plant is pretty cool because of the stripe pattern it has on its leaves. Not only that, it has some unique leaf movements. The water pressure in the nodes at the base of its leaves changes so, it raises and lowers them during the day and at night. When you call it a night, your rattlesnake plant will be too!
Cast Iron Plant
Native to the forest floors of Japan and Taiwan, these plants are safe for cats and dogs and used to very little sunlight. That means they’re good for homes that don’t have a lot of light. Direct sunlight can burn their leaves, so keep them away from windows.
Christmas cacti bloom around the holidays, which is where they get their name. Their branches can grow up to three feet long and they flower in red, white, yellow, pink or purple. These guys tend to be a little more work to keep them happy, so if you want low maintenance, maybe steer clear of this one. They like nutrient dense soil, 65-degree temperature, evenly moist soil, modern light and some direct sun, high-potassium fertilizer and need repotted each year after flowering. This is optimal for Christmas cacti to flower each year.
This dog and cat safe plant gets its name from the rapid rooting of cuttings that can be given to friends and family as new plants. It needs several hours of sunlight every day, but it can otherwise hang out in low-light settings. Friendship plants have velvety leaves with bronze accents that look nice as house décor. Give this plant indirect light, plenty of humidity and evenly moist soil and it will thrive.
A popular gift around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, these bloomers look beautiful indoors. Indirect light and constantly moist soil are all this simple plant need to stay pretty.
Calling all plant neglectors! This one is for you. If you forget to water your plants (it’s okay we’ve all been guilty of it at some point), this might be your new houseplant. Haworthia, also known as the zebra plant because of its striped pattern, is used to desert conditions so it only needs water every two to three weeks! Just make sure it gets plenty of sun. Most other succulents are also pet safe but if you’re on the fence, just make sure to do your research before you bring a new plant friend home.
Lace Flower Vine
Lace flower vines are so pretty and delicate-looking. These do best in hanging baskets, which is perfect to keep them out of reach from pets who like to play with vines and leaves. Keep them in indirect light and let the soil dry between waterings.
The name lipstick plant comes from the blooms that resemble tubes of lipstick. It comes from the tropics, so it thrives in bright light. You can even stick it outside in the warmer months. Because lipstick plants are used to the weather in the tropics, it should be watered with lukewarm water daily.
This pretty thing has white or pink veining on its leaves. It’s a smaller houseplant that thrives in indirect light with moderate watering. Let the soil dry out between waterings.
A small tree, indoors, AND it’s great for beginners. It’s a win all around. Parlor palms like high humidity and evenly moist soil. You can reduce the frequency of watering in the winter, just make sure the soil stays moist. This little tree will definitely level up your interior and refresh your space!
This particular orchid isn’t harmful to pets. They’re commonly called moth orchids and are great to have indoors year-round. They’re colorful, long-lasting and simple to grow. Their elegant flowers brighten up any indoor space. Allow them to dry out between waterings, leave them in bright, indirect light and give them normal home temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees.
Royal Velvet Plant
Royal velvet looks like something that would be in a royal castle, right? The velvety hairs on the leaves are an iridescent purple color and they’re most vibrant in bright light. Water only when the it gets dry. Who knew such a pretty plant could be pet safe too?
This fun cat and dog friendly plant is a fan of pots and hanging baskets so you can stick this guy anywhere. Many are a fan of this plant because of its happy-go-lucky, easy maintenance nature. Provide it with bright, indirect light, well-drained soil and let them dry out in between waterings and they’ll stay happy and thriving.
Venus Fly Trap
Everyone needs a carnivorous plant in their collection, right? Venus fly traps are completely safe for pets so if your fur baby takes a nibble at it, it won’t require a trip to the vet. It’s a fun addition to your home that you can rest easy about. Bright light and distilled water will keep this guy in tip top fly-catching shape.