As a pet lover, and a plant lover, I have to admit, I have many toxic plants in my home, living in perfect harmony with my 3 cats and a dog. I have never found my pets to bother with many of my plants.
The cats occasionally chew at my spider plants or dracena when I have them down to water. They tend to like the grassy-type leaves of these plants. In order to keep these types of plants safe... I keep them on a shelf that the cats can't get to.
Providing cats with cat-grass (easily grown from seed) or purchased at a pet store can help to curb your cats appetite for your houseplants.
|Bubba and Vader|
I will do another blog shortly on toxic plants to avoid...and in the early spring, on plants to stay away from in your garden.
The following list of plants are non-toxic, and safe around pets.
African Violets (Saintpaulia)
Aralia (False and True)
Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Zebrina pendula)
All houseplant type ferns
Jade Plant (Crassula argentea)
Prayer Plant ( Maranta leuconeura)
Banana Tree (Musa species)
Baby Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
Norfolk Island Pine
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus australis)
Air Plant (Tillandsia species)
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera species)
Cattlaya, Phalaenopsis, and Cymbidium orchids
Gloxinia (Gloxinia slyvatica)
Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus gregarious)
Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus species)
Purple Passion Plant (Gynura aurantiaca)
EcheveriaLiving Stones (Lithops aucampiae)
Zebra Plant (Calathea zebrina)
This is in no way a complete list, however it does give you a good starting point towards creating a safe environment for your pets without jeopardizing the beauty of plants in your home.
Take this list down to a local garden centre, and bring home some peace of mind...
|All photos on this blog by Paul Gellatly|