As a pet owner, you probably already know that you can’t just bring the first houseplant you see into your house without determining whether it will harm your pets or not. It’s true, most pets – especially cats – don’t like houseplants around, but some of them can pose a real threat to the health of your furry companions.
That’s why, before bringing yet another houseplant into your house, check the list below – it contains ten plants that are completely safe for your pets and that purify the air as well.
The Boston Fern
This plant looks classy, even though its leaves are a bit of a mess sometimes. Nevertheless, it is the Boston Fern that you see on an office desk in most movies and, naturally, there’s a good reason behind that.
These plants are considered to be a living air humidifier, thus great at maintaining clean air inside the house during winters when heat is coming from all the air vents inside your house. Of course, the Boston Fern is entirely safe for pets.
This one is for the houses that have an excessive amount of space – or maybe a large living room or hallway. Most Bamboo will come in a pot, which keeps the plant from growing once it fills the available space in its container.
In terms of benefits, the Bamboo plant is known to be able to detox the air inside any house or apartment, therefore improving the overall air quality. Moreover, it is quite low-maintenance, so you’ll just have to water it once in a while.
Don’t expect any money growing in this one, obviously – the money tree, also known as the money plant, helps to reduce certain toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde. This makes it a great choice for anyone who’s suffering from lung issues or asthma – or just someone who doesn’t like the indoor city air.
It is called the Money Tree because it is believed that they bring luck and prosperity to the house they’re placed in – naturally, you’ll have to properly take care of this plant if you want the two mentioned things in your life.
Cast Iron Plant
The Cast Iron Plant is another entry on our list that requires a bit of space to feel comfortable. It comes equipped with big, beautiful, and strong leaves that can offer more than just enough green to your home.
Due to its large leaves, dogs and certain naughty cats might be tempted to start chewing on them – just for fun, probably -, but you don’t have to worry as the plant is completely non-toxic.
Moreover, as it is quite a big plant, it would also work just great near the winter dog house you probably have in your yard – just make sure the puppies don’t chew on it.
Before deciding to buy such a plant, you’ll want to make sure that you have some high shelves in your home, as its leaves grow exponentially in time and can be found hanging from the sides of the plant’s container.
The miniature jungle that is the Spider Plant can bring some decorative flair to any home, as it manages to fill up quite some space after it’s fully grown.
As mentioned before, you’ll definitely want to place it in a hanging basket or on a high shelf so that you avoid any small disasters – such as a curious cat that wants to climb on or play with it. Also, if you have a very small dog, you might want to consider a small dog life jacket before letting them play around a Spider Plant – they could get tangled!
Moth Orchids are a little bit harder to keep than your usual houseplant, but they do give some of that care and love back to you. They come with beautiful blooms that brighten the view of your house/room and purify the indoor air as well.
This plant comes in extremely handy when you’ve just moved into a new house and had some things painted, as it does a great job at keeping paint fumes away from you and your pets.
This one is just perfect for your cat – the purple plant comes equipped with soft and curling leaves that your furry friends adore leaning on. Of course, Tradescantia Zebrina is completely non-toxic and also spreads into a lush display as soon as it’s fully grown – making it perfect for windows or on end tables.
It can bring some color to your bedroom, especially if you don’t have any decorative elements in it yet, while also keeping your pets safe – your furry friend won’t need any dog calming treats if he or she gets to see the beauty of this plant every day.
Another purple entry on our list, the African Violet is a small house plant that is sure not to bother any of your pets. However, if you don’t like purple but love the plant itself, you can go for the deep pinkish blue shade that some of them have as well.
It’s important that you place it in a sunny spot, especially if you want to see it bloom for the entire year. All you have to do in order to enjoy its purple or deep pinkish blue colors is to water it when required and make sure that pets don’t bring it down as they frantically run through the house.
The Wax Plant is another houseplant that likes to hand over its container after it fully grows. It is pretty small and won’t take a lot of space in your house and that’s why most people prefer to scatter multiple specimens around their home.
Moreover, it does a great job at keeping away the chemicals that are usually found in smog, gasoline, or paint – therefore, it is perfect for when you’ve just finished redecorating your house. Of course, it is non-toxic for pets.
Palms are pretty much straightforward – small plants that require minimal care, especially in the case of Areca palm. They are also very easy to keep indoors and have no harmful effects on your pets.
Furthermore, they naturally purify the air around them so, having a shrine made of multiple palms can create a little oasis in your home that keeps the air around it fresh and clean.