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Keeping Your Pets Safe With Pet Friendly Plants

Living with pets comes with a lot of responsibilities, from walking them every day to making sure they always have food and water. But one of the most important things pet owners need to remember is that many plants are toxic to cats and dogs.

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In this post, we'll outline which plants are poisonous to pets and how to keep them safe.

What Are Some Common Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets?

When it comes to keeping your plants safe from your pets, it's important to be aware of which plants are poisonous and which ones are safe. Unfortunately, many plants that are popular in homes and gardens contain poisonous chemicals that can be harmful—and even fatal—to cats and dogs.

Some of the most common plants that are poisonous to pets include

  • Monstera Deliciosa
  • Pothos
  • Snake Plants
  • Sago Palm
  • Alocasia
  • Aloe
  • Arrowhead Plant
  • Calla Lily
  • ZZ Plant
  • Jade Plant
  • Kafir Lily
  • Dracaena fragrans
  • Desert Rose (Adenium)
  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Dracaena
  • Ficus Benjamina


Though these plants may be safe for humans to touch, they contain high levels of insoluble calcium oxalates which can cause serious health problems for cats and dogs if ingested.


What Is It About Plants That Pets Love?

Cats and dogs love dirt, they dig in it, play in it and if a cat’s litter box isn’t clean they may find a back-up location in your potted plants. Some pets will leave the dirt alone but are irresistibly drawn to the leaves, either to nibble on or bat at. There is no fail-safe plant but there are some tips and tricks you can follow to make your pets leave the plants alone.

The biggest problem and the most damaging to an indoor plant is a cat deciding to use the dirt as a litter box. Once a cat has done this once, the odor is there and it is going to be hard to stop them from going back. To prevent this from happening in the first place, cover the dirt in larger pots with lava rock or wood chips. A cat will not like the feel of either of these materials on their paws and will not feel comfortable using the pot as a bathroom.

Dogs are easier to train and keep away from plants but it is harder for other animals. Especially for cats - a deterrent may be necessary to keep them away. You can use a spray bottle of water to stop them from chewing on plant leaves or digging in the dirt.

Since cats don’t like anything from the citrus family you can put fresh citrus rinds at the base of the plant too – their sensitive noses will stop them from getting too close.

Keep your soil nice and moist, not only is this good for the plant, cats will not enjoy digging in wet dirt. Some trial and error may be called for until you find the right solution that works for your pets. If all else fails, here are some more tips to help keep your pets safe.

What Are Some Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe From Your Plants?

There are a few things you can do to help keep your plants safe from your pets. One is to move your indoor plants up off the floor to a higher shelf. This makes it harder for your pet to reach them. You can also clean up fallen leaves or petals, so that even if your plant is on a high shelf, your pet can't eat them.

Another thing you can do is use spray repellents. You can buy citronella and marigold spray repellents at your local pet store, which will help keep your cat and dog away from your plants.

What Are Some Pet-Safe Plants That You Can Buy?

There are a lots of plants out there that are safe for your pets, but it's important to do your research before bringing one home. Some of our favorites include the Peperomia family, which includes a variety of safe-for-pets plants like the Watermelon Peperomia. If you're looking for a low-maintenance plant that's also pet-safe, the Rattlesnake plant is a good option. It thrives in indirect light and moderate temperatures, so it's perfect for folks who want a beautiful plant without a lot of fuss.

And if you're looking for an amazing, pet-safe plant that's great for people with allergies or asthma, check out the Hoya Carnosa Krimson Queen. They're easy to care for and thrive in both direct and indirect light. Plus, they're really beautiful to look at!


What Now?

Now that you know which plants to avoid and which plants are safe for pets, it's important to also know how to keep your pets away from your plants. 

Don't forget that Cotton Plus Cream offers a wide range of pet safe plants that will not harm your furry friends.

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