5 Non-toxic Indoor Plants For People With Pets
January 21, 2024

Due to the difficulty in keeping your pets away from your indoor plants, you have to be conscious about the plants you bring into the home. As a pet owner, it is not enough to simply admire indoor plants and go ahead with planting them. You need to consider the health and safety of your plants and choose only plants that are known to be pet friendly.

The best practice is to keep your plants completely out of reach of your pets as much as you can. However, some indoor plants such as cat grass are edible, non-toxic plants that you can leave within your pet’s reach.

However, pets may still gain access to and, in some cases, eat other indoor plants. Probable reasons why pets eat houseplants include:

  • It helps pets process hairballs
  • It helps to calm an upset stomach
  • The pet is trying to balance nutritional deficiencies


So keeping in mind that you might not be able to keep the plant away from your pet, here are ten non-toxic plants you could have in your home.

1. African violet

African violets are a popular choice of indoor plants. Apart from being pet-friendly, African violets can also grow in low light, which means you don’t have to flood your house with sunlight to make them bloom.

It grows well in a soil-free potting mix with a balanced fertilizer. Additionally, African violets thrive best in moderate temperature and humidity.

2. Banana

If you’re looking to make a bold statement with your indoor plant choice, it doesn’t get better than a banana tree for a home with a pet. Unlike the weeping fig, which people also use to make bold, dramatic statements in interiors, the banana is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

For your banana tree to grow well, you need to simulate the conditions of its natural habitat by providing bright light, rich soil, and regular watering

3. Baby tears

Baby tears is a creeping plant that you can use to add character to your terrariums. Planting baby tears around the base of a tree plant is particularly clever as it will cover the soil and might prevent your pets from digging your house plant. You can also plant in hanging baskets and at the base of indoor trees.

4. Boston Fern

Boston Fern is non-toxic foliage that requires lots of indirect bright light to thrive. It also needs humidity for its growth, so keep this in mind if you plan on having it in your home. Its fronds are shaggy, and your pet can chew without any adverse effects.

5. Spider plant

The spider plant is one cool plant to consider having in your home. It is a hardy plant as it can withstand a diverse range of soil, light, and moisture conditions. The spider plant is also called the ribbon plant or the airplane plant.

Having a pet doesn’t have to mean kissing indoor gardening goodbye. There are lots of non-toxic plant options to choose from. You can use the five listed above as ornaments or decorate and brighten up your home.