Cat Friendly Plants

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Cat Friendly Plants

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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Cat Friendly Plants

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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Cat Friendly Plants

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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Cat Friendly Plants

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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Cat Friendly Plants

According to SOS Plant Care, spider plants need a fair amount of water, but they also need to dry out between watering. They add that spider plants do well in most light conditions and temperatures, which means “you can put it just about anywhere and it will be fine.” In other words, it’s the perfect houseplant if you have trouble keeping plants alive. They’re good accent plants, and they work well in hanging baskets, too.
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Cat Friendly Plants

6. Burros tail succulent (Sedum morganianum) – My plant-obsessed cat has never tried to eat any of my succulents, but she does love to play with the little pieces that break off my burros tail (who knew they would make such fun cat toys?!). So, I definitely had to make sure this cute little plant was safe for her. Burros tail succulents are safe, but when it comes to ensuring that other succulents are pet friendly house plants, it can be hit or miss. So make sure to search for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.
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Cat Friendly Plants

3. Bamboo – I remember coming home one day to discover that my cat had been snacking on my bamboo plant. Thank goodness I already knew that bamboo is a non-toxic plant, or I would have freaked out! Bamboo plants are not only one of the best pet friendly house plants, but they are easy to grow and fun to collect too.
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Cat Friendly Plants

When I first started doing research on this topic, I was happy to discover that there are hundreds of plants that are non-toxic. But, in addition to making a list of pet friendly house plants, I also wanted to create a list of plants that are common and would be easy for you to find at your local garden center or big box store. Here are my top picks:
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2. Palms – There are tons of different types of palms, and they make excellent indoor plants that are safe for cats and dogs. Areca, bamboo palm, parlor and ponytail are some of the most common indoor palm plants, and they are all pretty easy to grow too. Plus palm plants don’t need a lot of light, which makes them great for growing in just about any room of the house.
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14. Swedish ivy – Even though my cats have never shown any interest in snacking on my Swedish ivy plants, I still wanted to make sure it was safe to leave this one within reach. Swedish ivy plants are great for growing indoors, and are also commonly sold as annual plants in the summer.
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The list below is based on the more extensive list provided by the ASPCA DISCLAIMER: Indoor-Gardener.com reports information from research and does not guarantee any of the plants mentioned, for medicinal, decorative, or other uses. Neither the FDA nor any physician have endorsed the uses of plants mentioned on the website. Use plants as food or medicinal products only at your own risk. The information on this page has not been written or checked by a veterinarian, and although the best has been done to keep it accurate, it is published without any guarantee from Indoor Gardener or the ASPCA. Please check with your vet for any further questions. Neither Indoor-Gardener.com nor the ASPCA can be held liable in any way for information about pets and houseplants as presented on the website.
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DISCLAIMER: Indoor-Gardener.com reports information from research and does not guarantee any of the plants mentioned, for medicinal, decorative, or other uses. Neither the FDA nor any physician have endorsed the uses of plants mentioned on the website. Use plants as food or medicinal products only at your own risk. The information on this page has not been written or checked by a veterinarian, and although the best has been done to keep it accurate, it is published without any guarantee from Indoor Gardener or the ASPCA. Please check with your vet for any further questions. Neither Indoor-Gardener.com nor the ASPCA can be held liable in any way for information about pets and houseplants as presented on the website.
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How will you know if a particular plant or flower is potentially toxic? The Internet is a good resource, and at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website, you can find a searchable list of both toxic and non-toxic plants. When looking for information on the toxicity of a flower or plant, it is best to know the scientific name as well as the common name, since common names can be shared among multiple plants with quite different characteristics. Other sources of information include university websites and books on poisonous plants.
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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center How will you know if a particular plant or flower is potentially toxic? The Internet is a good resource, and at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website, you can find a searchable list of both toxic and non-toxic plants. When looking for information on the toxicity of a flower or plant, it is best to know the scientific name as well as the common name, since common names can be shared among multiple plants with quite different characteristics. Other sources of information include university websites and books on poisonous plants.
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4. African violet – If you’re looking for easy-to-grow house plants that have ever-blooming, pet friendly flowers, then African violets are the perfect choice. Keep them in a warm location where they get plenty of light, and these darling little plants will happily bloom for you all year round.
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Sending a floral bouquet or living plant is a great way to show that you care. Households with pets can pose a bit of a challenge when selecting such a gift, as care needs to be taken that plants are selected that will pose no hazard should the pets decide to munch on a few leaves. While many plants will cause nothing more severe than mild digestive upset should they be ingested by pets, some can cause more serious health issues. Toxic to both cats and dogs are Tulips, Azalea, Bird of Paradise, Aloe, Begonias, Baby’s Breath, and Amaryllis. Members of the Lilium genus, including Easter and stargazer lilies, can cause serious kidney problems if ingested by cats. So, when sending a bouquet or plant as a gift to a pet owner, it is always best to seek out (or create) a “pet friendly” bouquet.
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What is a pet friendly bouquet? It is a bouquet consisting of plants and flowers that are not considered to be toxic to pets (primarily cats and dogs). Flowers such as roses, African daisies, and orchids and plants such as bromeliads, African violets and Christmas cactus are non-toxic (although any ingested plant material might occasionally cause mild, self-limited vomiting) and would be suitable as to have in households with pets.

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