Five Pet Friendly Plants for Your House
What house plants are safe for pets?
Of course, you want to be sure that you select a plant that will thrive in your home, so you need to think about things like available sunlight, and how much time you have to dedicate to caring for the plant. If you’re thinking about purchasing a few new plants for your home, there’s a few things that you need to think about.
But as a pet owner, one of your biggest concerns is probably ensuring that your dog or cat will not become sick or poisoned if they happen to get curious and chew on the new plant.
Below, we will talk about five of the best pet friendly plants for your home!
1. AFRICAN VIOLET:
African Violet: Many pet-friendly plants don’t bloom, so this is a perfect match for someone who wants the beauty of flowers without having to worry about their furry friends.
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Not only is it very easy to care for and relatively low maintenance, the pleasing purple blossoms add a gorgeous touch to any home where they are kept.
The leaves are oval shaped and somewhat furry to the touch, and they can reach up to fifteen cm in height.
While African Violets themselves are perfectly safe for pets, you need to pay attention to what kind of fertilizer you’re using, as the ingredients therein can be toxic for cats and dogs.
2. CAT GRASS
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Also known as cock’s foot or orchard grass, this is an excellent plant to keep in your home, as it adds a welcome pop of green while being perfectly safe for cats and dogs.
Not only is the plant non-toxic, your cat is actually encouraged to chew on the plant, as it helps provide them with natural greens which are excellent for their digestive tract.
Having one of these plants available is particularly important if your cat is strictly indoors, and doesn’t ever get to go outside. It is extremely easy to grow, though it only lasts for a week or so at a time once it has fully grown.
Many pet stores and even grocery stores sell kits to grow your own cat grass, so you can simply plant a new patch each time the old one starts to wilt or turn brown.
3. PARLOR PALM:
If you want to add a small touch of the tropics to your home, a parlor palm is an excellent option.
As a huge bonus, it’s also perfectly safe for any pets that reside in your home, even if they decide to give it a nibble or two. Over the span of three for four years, it will grow to its maximum height of three to four feet tall.
It’s a very low maintenance plant as well, requiring very little sunlight and just the occasional watering. This makes it a great option for the pet owner who also has a busy lifestyle.
Peppermint: Perfectly safe for pets and children, peppermint is a great plant to cultivate in your home, as it offers a tremendous number of benefits.
Relatively easy to grow and care for, you can use the leaves to make a tea which helps soothe nausea, while the same leaves can also be chewed to freshen the breath and to prevent infection in the teeth and gums.
Peppermint also has a stimulating, refreshing effect, particularly when the fresh leaves are crushed and their aroma inhaled.
5. SPIDER PLANT
One of the most popular household plants, spider plants are not only easy to care for and maintain, they’re also perfectly safe for pets.
While you may want to keep it out of the reach of your cats simply so they don’t chew on it too much, it won’t harm them if they do.
These plants are also quite pretty, adding a welcome touch of foliage to any home where they are kept and cultivated.
Spider plants are also super easy to reproduce – if you want to share with a friend, simply give them a clipping to place in water, and soon, they’ll have the beginning of their own spider plant.
Not only are they very easy to care for, requiring low-light conditions to thrive, they also have the additional bonus of helping to clear toxins from the air within the area where they are kept!