Yes, you can have gorgeous house plants thriving alongside your furry companions. See our list of plants generally considered safe for cats and dogs and learn what plants are best in households without pets.
It’s important to note that many plants can cause some level of digestive upset when consumed, even if they are considered “safe” plants. The best rule of thumb is to keep plants out of reach from pets. Know what plants are in your home and keep a list so you can properly advise any poison control agency or veterinarian if illness occurs.
Safe House Plants for Cats and Dogs
This popular pick is easy to care for because it only requires medium light and not very much water. You’ll get beautiful blooms around the holidays, and it’s not toxic to dogs or cats.
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Common House Plants Poisonous to Pets
Plants in the Araceae family including Diffenbachia, Philodendron, Pothos (Devil’s Ivy), Monstera, and Schefflera contain crystals that cause irritation to the mouth and digestive tract of cats and dogs.
This genus of plants including Rubber Plants and Fiddle-Leaf Figs contains sap that can irritate the skin, mouth, and intestinal tract of cats and dogs.
Most varieties can cause moderate to severe reactions in cats resulting in acute kidney failure or death however, lilies are not toxic to dogs.
This shrub is popular outdoor foliage but can be grown indoors, and all parts of this plant are extremely toxic to both cats and dogs.
Plants with Bulbs
Although bulbs are often planted outdoors, flowers including Daffodils, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Amaryllis, and Tulips are toxic to pets, especially if the bulbs themselves are consumed.
Aloe Vera and True Aloe, Euphorbia (including Poinsettias), Kalanchoe, Jade, Silver Dollar varieties of succulents are toxic to both cats and dogs. Research succulents carefully before bringing them into your home.
Also known as snake plant, this popular plant can cause mild to moderate digestive symptoms for cats and dogs.
If you want the look of lush greenery without the maintenance, worry, or mess that can go along with having pets, consider bringing artificial plants into your space. However, if you prefer real greenery and flowers, be sure to review the comprehensive list of toxic and pet-safe plants in the ASPCA guide before bringing new plants into your home. As always, if your pet shows symptoms of poisoning including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, lethargy, or loss of appetite after coming into contact with or eating plant matter, consult your veterinarian immediately.