10 Of The Best Pet-Friendly Plants For Indoors

Do you have a fur-baby who occasionally likes to munch on a leaf or two from your beloved houseplants? If so, you might not be sure if those plants are not so good for our fur family members. Are your indoor plants safe and pet-friendly plants?

While plants can add colour and lushness to any room, they can be toxic for cats and dogs. Hence, many pet owners have to give up on their wish to keep indoor plants for the love of their pets. But that doesn’t always have to be the case.

Fortunately, there are a number of house plants that can add beauty to your home without posing a threat to your furry friend.

In this article, I share a list of my favourite pet-friendly plants along with some dos & don’ts of keeping plants and pets together.

10 Pet-Friendly Plants that are Safe to Keep Indoors

1. African Violet

Searching for pet-friendly plants that will also add colour to your room? You can’t go wrong with an African Violet.

African Violets are among the most popular flowering houseplants due to their ability to thrive in low light, moderate temperatures and average humidity – the same environmental conditions that people like. The plant features pink and purple hues that’ll match the interior of any room.

African Violet

2. Hoya

Hoyas are obviously one of my favourite species that can live for years. They’re defined as semi-succulents, meaning they’re easy to care for and slow to wilt, besides being safe for cats and dogs.

The best part about Hoya plants is that they come in several shapes and sizes, and most of these species are available in Australia. So you can pick one that suits your space the best.

pet-friendly hoyas

3. Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis is another worthy option for those in search of pet-friendly plants. Commonly known as mistletoe cactus, this plant is a tropical succulent native to rainforests and warm regions.

Rhipsalis plants are very low-maintenance and require shade or partial shade, moisture and dim light to grow. These plants are a good option for adding greenery to your space without putting your pet in danger.

pet-friendly plants - Rhipsalis

4. Air Plant

Air plants (also known as Tillandsia) are one of the best pet-friendly and low-maintenance houseplants because they grow (and thrive) without soil.

Most Tillandsia varieties thrive in bright, indirect light with a quick soak in water once a week. They usually don’t grow more than a few inches; however, these plants have spindly, grass-like leaves that cats and dogs might find tempting to eat. So, make sure you keep them out of reach.

pet-friendly plants - air plant

5. Ceropegia

Ceropegia is a semi-succulent species that loves the heat but not direct sunlight. A much-loved variety is the String of Hearts.

This plant’s long, stringy vines may be irresistible for your cat to chew on, but it’s nothing to worry about as Ceropegia is non-toxic and safe for cats. You might still want to keep it away from your pets, though, as they might make a huge mess by pulling out the potted plant.

pet-friendly plants - Ceropegia

6. Friendship Plant

Pilea Involucrata is a trailing plant with fragile stems that thrives in high humidity and terrarium. It’s commonly known as the ‘Friendship Plant’ because it can be divided and shared easily.

This plant’s fuzzy, crinkly leaves might be tempting for your cats and dogs, but you can relax knowing that it’s completely safe for pets, even if they nibble on a leaf or two.

7. Peperomia

The Peperomia species are popular houseplants due to the diversity of textures and colours. They’re very pet-friendly and look great hanging in baskets, inside and outside the home.

These plants are easy to grow and make an excellent choice for beginner plant collectors. Just place it in bright indirect light and water it whenever you see the soil is dry, but make sure you don’t overdo it. When properly cared for, this plant might reward you with interesting, rat tail-like flowers.

8. Zygocactus

Zygocactus (also known as Christmas Cactus) is a common holiday gift. Unlike other types of cactus, this one isn’t spiny so you don’t have to worry about it hurting your pooch.

This plant tends to blossom in winters, showing its bright salmon to red flowers and intricate pads for people (and pets) to admire. Your furry friend might be tempted to taste it, but even if that happens, there’s no need to stress as the plant is completely safe for pets.

9. Lithops (living stones)

Lithops are another popular choice amongst plant enthusiasts due to their unusual features and unique shapes.

They’re also known as Living Stones, as their appearance resembles stones. Lithops are stemless and are made up of thick leaves that grow in pairs. They’re low-maintenance and slow-growing plants, making them ideal for indoor spaces.

10. Spider Plant

This one’s a classic. The Spider Plant is one of the most versatile plants that look as cool today as it did in your grandma’s kitchen decades ago.

The best thing about the Spider plant is that it’s a natural air purifier; the plant takes in toxins, making the air around you (and your pets) cleaner to breathe. The plant prefers a bright place with low to medium water and is entirely pet-friendly.

Plants + Pets: Tips for Success

At times, your pets – especially cats and dogs – might love your plant babies more than you do.

In addition to choosing pet-friendly plants, here are some tips to help ensure that your pets and plants live under the same roof amicably:

  • Create physical distance: Keep your plants in a separate room, or place them on high shelves and plant stands.
  • Remove the appeal: Spray some pet repellants (garlic powder, diluted lemon juice, or orange essential oil) on the foliage.
  • Provide an alternative: To draw your furry friend’s attention away from the plants, give them an alternative that they’ll like better.

Parting Thoughts

Being a plant lover and a pet owner can be challenging, but I hope this guide will make it easier for you to fulfil your love for plants while keeping your furry friend safe.

Have any tips or suggestions in mind? Let me know in the comments below!

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