Houseplants That Are Safe For Cats and Dogs

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Pets are like family. They are such an important part of the household and daily routine.

For many of us, life without them just wouldn’t be the same.

I have always been fortunate that our pets have had no interest in houseplants.

Chewing, playing or even acknowledging them wasn’t on their radar.

What a blessing as it is heartbreaking to see a beloved pet sick.

One of the most common questions I get asked when I am selling plants is “Is this safe for cats and dogs?”

Pet owners are always looking for houseplants that are safe for cats and dogs.

Although any plant can cause gastrointestinal problems when eaten in quantity, the ASPCA has signified the following houseplants as non-toxic to both cats and dogs.

These are common houseplants that can be purchased at a local garden center or online.

The ASPCA also has a list of toxic plants if you want to check your existing plants.

Houseplants That are Safe for Cats and Dogs:

Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus

Pink African Violet Flowers

African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.)


Pilea cadierei (Aluminum Plant)

Photo Courtesy Jarrett E. Hather

Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadieri)

Boston Fern in pot

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta bostoniensis)


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Burro's Tail Plant Hanging Basket

Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)


2 parlor palms in square gray containers

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)


Spider Plant on a Desk with computer and books

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)



Photo Courtesy Diego Delso

Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrate)


Goldfish Plant in Bloom

Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus glabra)


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Haworthia Plant

Haworthia (Haworthia species)



Lithops Living Stones Plant in Decorative Clay Pot

Living Stones (Lithops naureeniae)


Cephalocereus senilis

Photo Courtesy Peter O’Connor

Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis)


Polkadot Plant in orange pot

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)



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