20 Pet-Friendly Houseplants Safe for Cats and Dogs

Kasey Spencer
Pet-Friendly Houseplants Safe for Cats and Dogs

If you’re like me, a gardener with over 13 years of dirt under my nails and a keen blogger on all things green, you understand the importance of creating a safe and vibrant environment for everyone in your home. Today, we’re focusing on a crucial topic for pet owners who also cherish their indoor gardens: pet-friendly houseplants that are safe for cats and dogs.

In recent years, we’ve seen a significant uptick in both pet ownership and indoor gardening. It’s no wonder, as both bring immense joy, comfort, and companionship. However, this blend of interests brings to light a critical concern—the safety of our pets around our beloved plants.

The reality is, that while our greenery can purify the air and beautify our living spaces, not all plants are safe for our four-legged friends. The good news? There’s a wide variety of houseplants that can coexist harmoniously with pets, contributing to a healthy, happy home.

Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Below are carefully curated list of 20 pet-friendly houseplants. These plants not only thrive indoors but are also perfectly safe for both cats and dogs.

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Chlorophytum comosum houseplant
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The Spider Plant is a resilient and easy-to-care-for houseplant, making it perfect for both new and seasoned gardeners. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and prefers well-drained soil. Water it moderately, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Spider Plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs, making them a worry-free choice for pet owners. They can even tolerate a bit of nibbling without causing harm to your furry friends.

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2. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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Boston Ferns are known for their lush, feathery fronds and their ability to purify the air. They prefer high humidity and indirect light, making them ideal for bathrooms or kitchens. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

This plant is safe for cats and dogs, offering a beautiful way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside without risking your pets’ health.

3. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Dypsis lutescens
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The Areca Palm, with its feathery, arching fronds, adds a tropical flair to any room. It prefers bright, indirect light and regular watering, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between sessions. This palm also benefits from regular misting. It’s completely safe for pets, adding beauty to your space without the worry of toxicity.

4. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Chamaedorea seifrizii
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A favorite for low-light conditions, the Bamboo Palm thrives in shaded areas of your home. It prefers moist soil and benefits from regular misting to mimic its natural humid environment.

This plant poses no risk to cats or dogs, making it an excellent choice for pet owners seeking to add some greenery to their homes.

5. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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This succulent is known for its long, trailing stems covered in plump, green leaves. It thrives in bright light and requires minimal watering, making it perfect for those who prefer low-maintenance plants. Burro’s Tail is non-toxic to cats and dogs, though its leaves might be tempting for pets to play with or nibble on.

6. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Christmas cactus
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The Christmas Cactus blooms with vibrant flowers around the holiday season, bringing color to your winter decor. It prefers indirect light and regular watering, with a dry period between waterings. This plant is safe for both cats and dogs, making it a festive and worry-free addition to your home during the holidays.

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7. Blue Echeveria (Echeveria glauca)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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A stunning succulent with blue-green leaves, the Blue Echeveria needs bright light and infrequent watering, making it another excellent choice for those seeking low-maintenance plants. Non-toxic to cats and dogs, it’s perfect for adding a splash of color to your pet-friendly home.

8. Haworthia (Haworthia spp.)

 Haworthia
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This small, rosette-forming succulent thrives in low light and requires minimal watering. It’s an ideal plant for small spaces or as a desk companion. Haworthia is safe for pets, adding a touch of greenery without the risk.

9. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)

Beautiful maidenhair
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With its delicate, fan-shaped leaves, the Maidenhair Fern adds elegance to any space. It prefers high humidity, indirect light, and consistently moist soil. It’s completely safe for cats and dogs, allowing you to beautify your home worry-free.

10. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Chamaedorea elegans
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Ideal for indoor environments, the Parlor Palm thrives in low light and can grow up to four feet tall. It prefers well-drained soil and regular watering, with reduced watering in the winter. Non-toxic to cats and dogs, it’s a fantastic choice for adding a bit of tropical flair to your living space.

11. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Beaucarnea recurvata
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Despite its name, the Ponytail Palm is not a true palm but a succulent. It’s incredibly drought-tolerant, requiring only occasional watering, and prefers bright light. This unique plant is safe for pets, making it a great focal point in any room.

12. Rattlesnake Plant (Calathea lancifola)

Rattlesnake Plant
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Known for its striking leaf patterns and colors, the Rattlesnake Plant thrives in indirect light and high humidity. Keep the soil consistently moist for the best results. Safe for both cats and dogs, it’s perfect for adding drama and color to your pet-friendly home.

13. Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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This easy-to-grow plant prefers bright, indirect light and moist soil. Its trailing vines make it an excellent choice for hanging baskets. Non-toxic to pets, Swedish Ivy is ideal for adding a lush, cascading element to your indoor garden.

14. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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With its spotted leaves, the Polka Dot Plant adds a playful touch to your indoor space. It thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers moist soil. This colorful plant is safe for cats and dogs, offering a fun way to introduce color to your home.

15. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Aspidistra elatior cast iron plant
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Known for its tolerance to low light and neglect, the Cast Iron Plant is as hardy as its name suggests. It prefers well-drained soil and only occasional watering. It’s an excellent choice for busy pet owners, being both low-maintenance and non-toxic to cats and dogs.

16. Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

Hoya carnosa
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The Wax Plant is a trailing vine with thick, waxy leaves and sweet-smelling flowers. It prefers bright, indirect light and well-drained soil, requiring less frequent watering. Non-toxic to pets, it’s perfect for those looking for a fragrant addition to their home.

17. Peperomia (Peperomia spp.)

Peperomia
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Peperomia plants come in various shapes and colors, thriving in moderate to bright indirect light with minimal watering. These plants are safe for cats and dogs, making them a versatile choice for any indoor garden.

18. African Violet (Saintpaulia)

Saintpaulia
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African Violets prefer bright, indirect light and warm temperatures. They require consistent moisture but are sensitive to water on their leaves, so water from the bottom to prevent spotting. Safe for pets, these plants offer a beautiful splash of color with their velvety flowers.

19. Money Tree (Pachira aquatic)

Pachira aquatic
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The Money Tree is believed to bring good luck and fortune. It thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers moderate watering, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Non-toxic to pets, it’s a great addition to any home, offering both aesthetic appeal and a touch of luck.

20. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plant
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Known for its striking leaf patterns and the unique way its leaves fold up at night, the Prayer Plant prefers low to medium light and high humidity. Keep the soil consistently moist for the best results. Safe for cats and dogs, it’s an intriguing and safe choice for adding visual interest to your indoor garden.

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