When we talk about plants being toxic to animals, we mean that they can make your pet pretty sick. How sick they become depends on a few things – the plant, the animal and how much they nibble. If your pet manages to get hold of a toxic plant, it may experience:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Stomach pain
- Breathing difficulties
The symptoms vary depending on which plant they eat. There's a long list of toxic plants for pets, but don't stress. Instead, we put together a list of pet-friendly options.
Calathea Orbifolia - the ultimate statement plant - requires a little more skill than the spider plant, but its mesmerizing, oval-shaped leaves make it well worth the effort. Luckily, it isn't toxic to your furry companions. However, it doesn't respond well to harsh water, so be sure to keep the soil almost dry and not soggy. Misting or using a humidifier regularly is also recommended.
Also known as the pancake plant or Chinese money plant - is a windowsill favorite due to its adorableness and ease of care. Keep it hydrated by watering when its leaves are soft and droopy. Additionally, make sure to rotate it to get adequate sunlight so that it grows upright.
These plants are great for pet owners because they're not only non-toxic but can also be placed out of reach since they are cascading. They are low-maintenance, perfect for beginners as they are pretty hard to kill and easy to bring back from the dead, plus they're easy to propagate.
Palms are an ideal choice for pet owners looking for a small tree to bring indoors. Non-toxic for dogs and cats, this low-maintenance plant is a great starting point for beginner plant parents and can reach up to eight feet (though four feet is more common). Place it in bright, indirect light and water when the top inch of soil is dry.
Prayer Plant or Calathea
Calatheas are an excellent option for smaller spaces like bookshelves and end tables. It features red, cream, and green leaves that curl up at night and is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow that's also safe for pets. It grows best in medium or low light; letting its soil dry out a bit between waterings is recommended.