When I first started doing research on this topic, I was happy to discover that there are hundreds of plants that are non-toxic. But, in addition to making a list of pet friendly house plants, I also wanted to create a list of plants that are common and would be easy for you to find at your local garden center or big box store.
Here are my top picks:
When it comes to growing plants indoors, it doesn’t get much easier than spider plants. Not only are they easy to care for, but they also grow well in low-light conditions and can help to clean the air in our homes. Plus they’re really pretty, and even come in a few different varieties. I love my spider plants… although my cats seem to love them too, good thing they’re non-toxic plants! I grow mine in a spot that’s out of reach of my cats (to protect the plants, not the cats).
There are tons of different types of palms, and they make excellent indoor plants that are safe for cats and dogs. Areca, bamboo palm, parlor and ponytail are some of the most common indoor palm plants, and they are all pretty easy to grow too. Plus palm plants don’t need a lot of light, which makes them great for growing in just about any room of the house.
I remember coming home one day to discover that my cat had been snacking on my bamboo plant. Thank goodness I already knew that bamboo is a non-toxic plant, or I would have freaked out! Bamboo plants are not only one of the best pet friendly house plants, but they are easy to grow and fun to collect too.
If you’re looking for easy-to-grow house plants that have ever-blooming, pet friendly flowers, then African violets are the perfect choice. Keep them in a warm location where they get plenty of light, and these darling little plants will happily bloom for you all year round.
I guess if we learned anything from Garfield the cat, it’s that fern plants are non-toxic. Well, I’m not sure which type of fern plant was featured in the popular cartoon, but you can be sure that the Boston fern is safe for both cats and dogs.
Burros tail succulent (Sedum morganianum)
My plant-obsessed cat has never tried to eat any of my succulents, but she does love to play with the little pieces that break off my burros tail (who knew they would make such fun cat toys?!). So, I definitely had to make sure this cute little plant was safe for her. Burros tail succulents are safe, but when it comes to ensuring that other succulents are pet friendly house plants, it can be hit or miss. So make sure to search for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.
Cast iron plant
The cast iron plant definitely lives up to it’s name; it’s one of toughest house plants out there. Not only are they beautiful, but they will thrive in just about any room of the house. My cats have gnawed on the leaves of my cast iron plant before which is not cool, but at least I can breath easy knowing the plant won’t harm them.
If you’re looking for some colorful, pet safe indoor plants that grow well without much light, then bromeliads are for you! They are one of the most common flowering house plants (which is especially nice in the winter!), and you can find them just about anywhere these days. Bromeliads come in a variety of colors too, which makes them fun to collect. Oh, and caring for bromeliads isn’t as hard as you’d think, they’re actually pretty easy to grow as houseplants.
Is there anything better than an indoor plant that blooms in the dead of winter? Christmas cacti are easy to grow indoor plants that will flower right around Christmas time, and they are gorgeous! Oh, and if you head to the garden center right after Christmas, you might even get lucky and find one on sale!
When I put my haworthia succulents outside a few summers ago, the rabbits ate them down to nubs (grrrr!). So, since I didn’t see any dead rabbits after that (only fatter ones), I was pretty sure they were safe for pets, too. I’m so glad haworthias officially made the list! (Don’t worry, my haworthias have recovered, but you can still see the damage done by those pesky rabbits!)
One of the first plants that I ever owned was a peperomia. I was so relieved to find out that it’s pet safe because I love that plant. There are tons of different varieties of peperomia, and they come in all sorts of different colors and sizes. Many of them are trailing plants that look great in hanging baskets or spilling over the edge of a high shelf.
Not only are phalaenopsis orchids cat and dog safe indoor plants, they are popular edible flowers too. If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you might remember seeing orchid flowers garnishing food plates and tropical drinks all the time. Using phalaenopsis orchids to garnish and decorate food is becoming the mainstream (and it’s one of my favorite trends!).
I was so happy to find out that prayer plants are non-toxic to pets because this is another one of my favorite indoor plants. This cute little plant closes it leaves at night (like prayer hands), and it’s a super fun plant to grow. They’re also pretty easy to grow, and will even get tiny flowers if you’re really nice to them.
Even though my cats have never shown any interest in snacking on my Swedish ivy plants, I still wanted to make sure it was safe to leave this one within reach. Swedish ivy plants are great for growing indoors, and are also commonly sold as annual plants in the summer.
Bromeliads are fun to grow, unique, and they make great indoor plants. Not only are they pet friendly house plants, but bromeliads are easy to care for too. Plus, they are also low light plants, which makes the even better for those of us who don’t get a ton of natural light in our homes.
Plants and pets don’t always get along (especially when you have a mischievous kitten on the loose), but some plants can be downright dangerous for your pets. So if you’re looking to add some green into your home and avoiding poisonous house plants, add these pet safe indoor plants to your collection!