5 Houseplants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs
Posted by Boriana Slabakova on Jul 28th 2020
Your furry friends are a part of your family. You keep them healthy and feed them well, and if they’re in luck, they can share the bed with you and keep you safe while you sleep. When you look into those sweet, little, innocent eyes, all you see is love, and you hope your pet sees the same.
That’s all great, and you’re an awesome person because you’re a responsible pet owner. But did you know that 80% of millennials have dogs? If you’re a cat person, you should know that 47.1 million homes in the US had a cat as a pet in 2018. If you’re a fan of both and wish to enrich your home with some plants, read on to see what plants you can safely keep around both cats and dogs.
This plant has spotted leaves and purple undersides, and you can easily grow this tropical plant indoors. It loves moist, warm, and semi-shady climates and can grow to up to 30 inches high. Morning sunlight is perfect for this Calathea, but you should avoid placing it in the afternoon sun. Water it lightly and regularly prune old and damaged leaves.
Palms are overall non-toxic to either cats or dogs, which makes them a perfect choice for your home. They’re also one of those hard-to-kill houseplants and can survive many poor conditions. What this plant likes, though, is gentle sunlight, a bit less watering, and feeding once every couple of months. The optimal temperature for growth is 65℉ to 75℉. While a lower temp is also okay, and the plant will survive, it won’t thrive under 50℉.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Bird’s Nest Fern can be grown both outside and inside. Outside, it can attach to a tree, absorbing its humidity and enjoying the shade. When inside, this plant needs more moisture and warmth. One of the best places you can set your Bird’s Nest Fern is near the bathroom window, to give it more humidity. It grows quickly, but you should avoid touching its new fonds as they are fragile and might become deformed.
Even though its name may sound toxic, Gloxinia is completely safe for cats and dogs. It doesn’t demand a lot of care and will gift you with beautiful flowers. Avoid direct sunlight and water it often to keep the soil moist. To feed it, use high-phosphorus liquid plant food every two weeks. If you gradually stop watering it, it can go dormant and surprise you once you continue.
You can plant Cast Iron indoors or outdoors, as it’s also a particularly durable plant. It loves a humid environment, but you should avoid overwatering. Avoid direct sunlight and keep your eye on the leaves. If the tips of the leaves turn brown, it could mean you didn’t water it enough.
These are just some of the houseplants that are non-toxic to either cats or dogs. What’s even better—you can plant some of these in your backyard without the fear of anyone nibbling it. If you decide to keep these plants inside and enjoy the breath of nature, you’ll have an excellent addition to almost any room in your home or apartment.