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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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Safe Houseplants For Cats

Also remember that if you’re an Indoor Gardener with more than one kind of pet, the list of cat safe houseplants may not be the same as the list of dog safe houseplants, or bird safe houseplants. Check separate lists for toxicity of plants for your specific kind of pet.
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Safe Houseplants For Cats

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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Safe Houseplants For Cats

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
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Safe Houseplants For Cats

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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Safe Houseplants For Cats

Houseplants Should Be Chosen With CareAny plant can be dangerous when it is brought indoors, where it can be accessed by children or pets. Even plants that are considered non-toxic have the potential to cause reactions in certain individuals. A plant that isn’t necessarily dangerous to eat might still cause a skin reaction in a child or pet with a sensitivity. However, the health benefits of having houseplants far outweighs the risks, as long as you choose your plants with care and establish a few household rules regarding the foliage. Plants can: Purify the air Provide oxygen Enhance your décor In another article, I listed 10 plants that are toxic to both children and pets. Some readers and friends contacted me about a list of safe plants to use instead. Here are some safer alternatives, that can still provide you with lovely, living décor.
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Safe Houseplants For Cats

I love growing plants indoors, and I have a large collection of house plants. I also have two cats, including one very curious little lady who loves my plants as much as I do (maybe more!). So, it’s a huge relief feeling confident that the plants I’m growing in my house won’t harm my cats. Although, that doesn’t protect my plants from the danger of having cats.
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Safe Houseplants For Cats

1. Spider plant – When it comes to growing plants indoors, it doesn’t get much easier than spider plants. Not only are they easy to care for, but they also grow well in low-light conditions and can help to clean the air in our homes. Plus they’re really pretty, and even come in a few different varieties. I love my spider plants… although my cats seem to love them too, good thing they’re non-toxic plants! I grow mine in a spot that’s out of reach of my cats (to protect the plants, not the cats).
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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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Any plant can be dangerous when it is brought indoors, where it can be accessed by children or pets. Even plants that are considered non-toxic have the potential to cause reactions in certain individuals. A plant that isn’t necessarily dangerous to eat might still cause a skin reaction in a child or pet with a sensitivity. However, the health benefits of having houseplants far outweighs the risks, as long as you choose your plants with care and establish a few household rules regarding the foliage. Plants can: Purify the air Provide oxygen Enhance your décor In another article, I listed 10 plants that are toxic to both children and pets. Some readers and friends contacted me about a list of safe plants to use instead. Here are some safer alternatives, that can still provide you with lovely, living décor.
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Safe Plants Make Happy HomesAs long as you practice plant safety and choose suitable non-toxic plants, everyone can enjoy your houseplants. Just remember that even a non-toxic plant (even grass) can make a pet appear sick if they eat too much. They may experience vomiting or diarrhea, but the the ingestion of non-toxic plants will not be fatal. Always monitor children when introducing plants. Some children may have skin allergies to certain plants. In these cases, plants can be kept out of reach, or children can be taught not to touch. If pets experience skin allergies, plants may have to be moved to a pet-free area or traded for a plant that doesn’t produce a reaction.
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Good information. I never had a problem with house plants and my cats until my last cat, Stella, was introduced to our household. She had been a feral kitty who lived in a factory environment and now is happily indoor only. I think because plants are such strange things to her she tries to eat them all. We’ve had to go through them and evaluate safe/unsafe and remove/leave on each of them. She is so worth it. Thanks for writing this. Anything to keep these angels safe in our homes.
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ColeusColeus is only safe for humans. It is listed by the ASPCA as toxic to dogs and cats. Although coleus (Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. Although the coleus will bloom, they are usually chosen due to their vibrant leaves, which are available in colors such as purple, yellow, orange and green. There are even variegated varieties. These plants can be grown from seeds, or they can be propagated from a plant owned by a friend. If someone has extra seedlings, they can be transplanted to a pot and moved indoors. If you don’t want more coleus, be sure to pinch off the flowers before they go to seed, as one plant can parent hundreds of babies! NOTE: Although coleus is listed as toxic for animals, I have hundreds in my yard and the pets never mess with them. Perhaps they are bitter. However, in the house, where animals become bored, it is best to take precautions and keep these plants in a safe area.
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Coleus is only safe for humans. It is listed by the ASPCA as toxic to dogs and cats. Although coleus (Solnostemon) is more commonly regarded as a colorful annual for flower gardens and borders, it can be easily grown indoors as well. Although the coleus will bloom, they are usually chosen due to their vibrant leaves, which are available in colors such as purple, yellow, orange and green. There are even variegated varieties. These plants can be grown from seeds, or they can be propagated from a plant owned by a friend. If someone has extra seedlings, they can be transplanted to a pot and moved indoors. If you don’t want more coleus, be sure to pinch off the flowers before they go to seed, as one plant can parent hundreds of babies! NOTE: Although coleus is listed as toxic for animals, I have hundreds in my yard and the pets never mess with them. Perhaps they are bitter. However, in the house, where animals become bored, it is best to take precautions and keep these plants in a safe area.

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