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Houseplants are attractive decorative items that improve air quality. Having pets doesn’t have to mean avoiding houseplants. Pet owners can keep their greenery and their pets by sticking to the many popular and pet-friendly, non-toxic houseplants. Pet owners have their choice of non-toxic houseplants like button ferns, blue echeveria and golden palms. Pet owners seeking more exotic houseplants can also confidently decorate with bamboo, Christmas cactus and certain types of orchids. Other flowering plants like African violets and potted mini-roses are lovely and non-toxic ways to add color to a home.
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Pet Safe Houseplants

When choosing safe houseplants, always remember to research new houseplants before introducing them to your home in order to ensure they are non-toxic and safe for your pet to be around. While many plants are equally non-toxic to dogs and cats, some plants cause different reactions. It’s also important to keep in mind that individual pet reactions may vary and even non-toxic houseplants can be dangerous when consumed in large quantities by pets. If you’re uncertain about a plant even after research, take additional steps to safeguard your pet by putting the plant out of reach or treating the plant with a pet-deterrent spray. If you are in the midst of home remodeling, New York has many home improvement pros that can help you.
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Pet Safe Houseplants

Most pets love exploring their territory and playing near plants, so it’s important that pet owners are aware of the potential dangers posed by houseplants. There are many houseplants that pet owners enjoy without concern, but there are also many common houseplants that are toxic to pets.
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Pet Safe Houseplants

When my cat adopted me last year, the last thing on my mind was checking to make sure my houseplants were safe for pets. Then I accidentally came across an article on pet-safe greenery and the light bulb came on: time to make sure the plants are up to code! This post is dedicated to all you cat and dog owners out there. Keep in mind that today’s featured plants are safe for cats and dogs, but even non-toxic plants may have less-than-ideal effects if ingested. In fact, it’s never a bad idea to check with your local nursery or vet for verification that a plant is in fact pet-safe, and I’ve found the ASPCA website to be incredibly helpful. Here are 6 unique plant finds that will help you create a stylish, pet-friendly interior…
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Pet Safe Houseplants

When preparing to adopt our kitty, I learned from the folks at the rescue organization that a few of our houseplants were toxic to cats and dogs — and since this particular furry friend enjoys chomping on plants, it was vital we remove these from our home beforehand. (And even though some pets pay no attention to plants, it’s always better to be on the safe side.) But many of the most popular design-friendly houseplants, including split-leaf philodendron and fiddle-leaf fig, are toxic to cats and dogs. So what’s a design-loving pet owner to do? Live without houseplants? No way. We’ve found 10 cool houseplant options that are all nontoxic to cats and dogs.
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Pet Safe Houseplants

Valerie McCaskill Dickman 10. Cat grass. Pets nibbling houseplants, even nontoxic varieties, can get tummy aches. For cats, you can encourage healthier green eats by planting a container of cat grass and placing it in an easily accessible spot. Not to be confused with catnip, which is in the mint family, cat grass will not give your cat the crazies. It’s usually grown from oat or wheat seed. If growing your own cat grass from seed, keep the container out of reach of your pet until the grass grows in, to protect the tender sprouts.Tell us: Do your pets nibble the houseplants? Share your stories in the Comments.MoreBrowse stories on growing plants in container gardensRead Pet of the Week stories

Pet Safe Houseplants

10. Cat grass. Pets nibbling houseplants, even nontoxic varieties, can get tummy aches. For cats, you can encourage healthier green eats by planting a container of cat grass and placing it in an easily accessible spot. Not to be confused with catnip, which is in the mint family, cat grass will not give your cat the crazies. It’s usually grown from oat or wheat seed. If growing your own cat grass from seed, keep the container out of reach of your pet until the grass grows in, to protect the tender sprouts.Tell us: Do your pets nibble the houseplants? Share your stories in the Comments.MoreBrowse stories on growing plants in container gardensRead Pet of the Week stories
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Pet Safe Houseplants

Houseplants add beauty to our homes as well as health benefits. They clean our air, making our homes healthier. There are however some plants that are not safe to have around pets. If you have pets in your home, you’ll want to avoid them and choose houseplants which are non-toxic and safe for your furry friends.
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All too often in our nursery, people fall in love with a plant, only to remember, to their dismay, that not all houseplants are pet-safe. “Is this plant safe for dogs? Cats?” they ask.
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Many pet owners are shocked to learn how many common and seemingly innocuous houseplants are actually very dangerous for their pets. Consuming toxic plants can cause symptoms ranging from mild gastrointestinal distress to death. The actual level of danger will vary depending on the plant’s toxicity and your pet’s health and habits. Jade plants are well-liked for their attractive flowers and low-maintenance care, but despite its longstanding reputation as an ideal houseplant, this succulent can cause vomiting, ataxia and even depression in pets. Similarly, the ever-popular aloe vera plant is useful to homeowners but causes vomiting, diarrhea and a host of other dangerous symptoms in pets that have consumed it.

The answer, as it turns out, is a bit complicated. Many of the most common varieties are not pet-safe indoor plants. That said, the majority of plants that are “poisonous” to your pet will actually only cause them some temporary discomfort, such as indigestion, of course depending on the size of your pet and how much of the plat he or she makes as a snack.
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While actual bamboo is pet-safe, lucky bamboo is actually highly toxic to cats. This popular housewarming gift can be purchased at garden shops, gift shops and even drugstores and can be found in homes around the world. Lucky bamboo isn’t related to non-toxic bamboo at all. It’s actually a type of lily and all varieties of lilies are highly toxic to cats in both potted and cut form. Consuming any part of the lily can cause vomiting and sometimes fatal renal failure. Pet owners must be particularly vigilant during the holiday season, as mistletoe, holly, amaryllis bulbs and even Christmas trees can cause gastrointestinal issues and other serious health problems in pets. If you do plan on keeping any of the above listed plants in your home, consider hiring a Texas home improvement specialist to come in and install higher shelving that would keep them out of the reach of your pet.
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8. Bromeliads – If you’re looking for some colorful, pet safe indoor plants that grow well without much light, then bromeliads are for you! They are one of the most common flowering house plants (which is especially nice in the winter!), and you can find them just about anywhere these days. Bromeliads come in a variety of colors too, which makes them fun to collect. Oh, and caring for bromeliads isn’t as hard as you’d think, they’re actually pretty easy to grow as houseplants.
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While pets munching on plants isn’t a problem we’ve personally experienced in our homes, it’s always a good idea to play it safe. That’s why we’ve assembled this list of our favorite pet-safe indoor plants that we commonly carry in the nursery and ship from our web shop. Plus, we’ve listed a few that you should avoid (or isolate from pet areas), just to be sure.
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As pet owners we take great care in making sure our pets are healthy and safe, but sometimes danger can come from unexpected places. When I first started growing plants indoors, it never crossed my mind that I could be growing poisonous plants. The thought of having toxic plants in the house without even realizing it is very scary. That’s why I wanted to put together a list of common pet friendly house plants that you can grow without worry.
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I think it depends on how much your cat ingests. Personally, I have plenty of “poisonous” houseplants around my pets, since they’ve never shown any interest in chewing on the leaves. It’s always best to stay on the safe side, especially if your cat likes to nibble. But we have found that most are just irritants or cause indigestion/discomfort.
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Jesse April 15, 2016 Hey Lex, I think it depends on how much your cat ingests. Personally, I have plenty of “poisonous” houseplants around my pets, since they’ve never shown any interest in chewing on the leaves. It’s always best to stay on the safe side, especially if your cat likes to nibble. But we have found that most are just irritants or cause indigestion/discomfort. Hope this helps – sorry we can’t be more specific, Jesse Reply

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