Little siamese kitten sitting on couch under green plant and playing with paw at home.

What houseplants are safe for cats and dogs?

Plants are a beautiful way to bring the outdoors into our homes. They can reduce our CO2 levels and cure our wounds. And most importantly, they bring us happiness. 

It seems like this is something that we should all know, but it’s a little known fact that access to green space (plants, trees, foliage, grass) has a direct impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. 

The colour green can actually make you happy.

For example studies have been done in Japan based on the cultural ritual of Shinrin Yoku or “Forest Bathing” they found that people who spent 15 minutes in wooded  areas had reduced feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Moody Green Forest in Norway

Because of studies like this, large cities had to have laws put in place to have a minimum amount of green space in each city, as a life without greenery and nature proved to have a negative impact on our mental and physical health. 

This is why we have big beautiful places like Central Park in New York.

Research has even found that people living close to nature and green space can experience the same feelings and sensations associated with the fulfillment of getting married or the satisfaction of getting a new job.

So you can see why these days we see more and more people filling their homes with plants to bring them joy, although they may not realise the science behind why their plants make them so happy.

Why do i need Pet friendly plants?

Unfortunately there are some common house plants which can be toxic to cats and dogs especially if they ingest them, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose between having indoor plants and pets.

I’ve put together a beautiful selection of stylish pet friendly plants from Bloomscape.

In this guide I will be focusing on giving you the best selection of indoor plants that you and your pets can enjoy together, even if they are incredibly naughty and eat them anyway! 

Bloomscape are online plant specialists who deliver to your door. They have an extensive range of plants for both indoors and outdoors and have been thoughtful enough to include a huge section of pet safe plants, from which I have chosen my favourites.

Every indoor plant you buy includes a stylish recycled eco plant pot with saucer and you can choose between a variety of on trend colours.

Never compromising on the most up to date trends and styles, you’ll not even feel like you’ve had to reduce your selection by keeping your pet safe. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Gray striped domestic cat sitting on wooden table nearby Sansevieria.

What makes a plant pet friendly?

Well it is all about the levels of toxins that are in the plant.

It’s common knowledge to cat owners that lilies are poisonous to our feline companions, due to the huge amount of pollen that comes from the lily. You must have brushed past a vase of lillies at least once in your life, only to end up sneezing or with your clothes covered in pollen. Other famous plants that have toxin pollen are marigolds, poppies and mistletoe.

Even if you think your fur baby won’t have a nibble, we don’t know for sure that they won’t come into contact with the pollen so its best to be safe and only keep pet safe plants in our homes with our beloved animal friends.

My top 10 pet friendly plants

Chinese Fan Palm

This extra large tropical palm is highly fashionable and impressive with its huge glossy green fanning leaves. It’s easy to care for, low maintenance and only requires low, to bright indirect light.

The Chinese Fan Palm is completely non toxic to your pets and as a bonus, it’s also an air purifying plant, so you and your pet can breathe easy knowing you’ve made the right choice.

And if you buy an XL plant you also get a $39 Small indoor plant FREE!

Just add a $39 Small to your cart after adding an XL.

What’s not to love about the extra large Chinese Fan Palm?

Bromeliad Aechmea Pink

For this one I have chosen to go for something slightly less run of the mill, something a little unusual that catches the eye.

This colourful Bromeliad in gorgeous blush pink creates lots of long lasting blooms. How often do you see long lasting flowers on indoor plants? I love this. 

It’s another low maintenance plant which is fantastic for those of us with busy lives.  

The Bromeliad Aechmea removes harmful pollutants from the air, while also keeping your pet safe.

I think this plant would look lovely in a room with dark decor, making the soft pink really stand out and bring softness to a decedent space. 

Bamboo palm

This lush green glossy Bamboo palm makes a statement, filled with full fronds and dense foliage.

No pretence here, this plant is here to be noticed. The Bamboo Palm can reach up to 8 feet tall so make sure you put it somewhere with plenty of space. 

This palm is a house protector all round. Completely pet friendly, air purifying and even removes formaldehyde from the air!

Adaptable to low light and with low fuss care required, I can’t see a reason not to buy this plant.

Remember with this being an extra large plant  you can get a $39 Small indoor plant FREE! Just add a $39 Small to your cart after adding an XL.

money tree

The Money Tree is  a fantastic choice for people who appreciate and adhere to the rules of Feng Shui for interior design and lifestyle. 

It’s use in a Feng Shui adjustment is to bring prosperity and good fortune, therefore the name – Money Tree.

This wonderful low maintenance plant offers more than prosperity with its air purifying properties, and toxin free for your animals.

And it’s a show stopper with those  stunning large, vibrant star shaped leaves. 

The braided trunk is my favourite detail, it’s so unusual,  eye-catching, and looks like it carries ancient wisdom. 

Ctenanthe Lubbersiana

This striking tropical plant would make a beautiful addition to your pet safe plant collection.

It’s distinctively striped leaves in green and yellow make it stand out and bring some exotic charm to your home. 

Easy to look after with relatively low maintenance just keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. Don’t let it dry out. As the Ctenanthe Lubbersiana is a tropical plant, it doesn’t like  cold or hard water, use filtered or room temperature rain water. 

The Ctenanthe Lubbersiana  stands tall at 25”-28” and will sit happily in low to bright indirect light, which means it would make a lovely statement piece for a living room.

Areca Palm

This gorgeous Aceca Palm has an adorable nickname – The Butterfly palm. It’s soft wispy bright green leaves burst out from the roots creating a beautiful tropical canopy.   

If you have a space with partial bright or indirect light, that perhaps is looking a little empty, this dramatic palm is for you. 

This plant is non toxic, so super safe for your pets and also removes toxins from the air, and requires very easy care with little maintenance.

Remember as this plant is extra large you can grab a $39 Small indoor plant FREE! Just add a $39 small plant to your cart after adding an XL.

Bromeliad Pineapple

This little pet safe cutie produces fruit! The Bromeliad Pineapple isn’t just a name, it actually grows edible pineapple fruit. 

If you have a boho or jungle style space I think this would fit in perfectly. It’s tropical, fun, unique and I think makes a great conversation piece. 

This interesting plant is absolutely no fuss to look after with minimal care required – No fuss!

It is pet friendly and also removes harmful pollutants from the air in your home, like car fumes etc from outside that come in when we open windows and doors.

A  lovely, joyful addition to your home or your plant collection.

Hoya Collection

Next on my pet safe plants top 10 list is a little collection of 3 Hoya Plants Bloomscape has put together.

This collection is so cute with 3 extra small Hoya plants, each with their own distinctive style. This collection of plants will add great style to your home with its thick, waxy shiny foliage and variety of leaf shapes.  

This trio of Hoya plants is made up of Hoya Compacta, Hoya Macrophylla and Hoya Retusa, each with their own unique style of leaf including shoestring, heart shaped and curled.  

The Hoya plant is known for being great for beginners because they are fairly drought tolerant, and require bright indirect light, as well as being pet friendly.

Kimberly Queen Fern

The Kimberly Queen Fern offers timeless style and sophistication to beginners and plant collectors alike. It’s a pet friendly, air purifying favourite of mine and, unfortunately, my cats – They love to eat this stuff so I had to put mine in the bathroom where they aren’t usually allowed. 

Turns out that the bathroom was the perfect room for this fern, because it loves moisture in the air, prefers low to bright indirect light and easy to care for with low maintenance required. 

This fern is also one of the tidiest of the fern plants with very little to no mess or fall out. I am a huge fan of its upward growing long sword like fronds making it perfect for hanging baskets. It will also live happily on your balcony in the summer, you just need to take it back inside for the winter.  

Date Palm

Last and by no means least is the captivating, dramatic Date PalmThis hardy pet friendly palm is bold and will make a fashionable addition to any home, or even as a great start to your plant collection.

It’s relatively low maintenance and tolerant nature make it great for beginners, and if it’s too beautiful for you to decide where its home is, then you can choose between placing it inside or even out on the patio during the warmer months. 

The great thing about the date palm is that when left indoors it won’t grow too large or hard to manage, whereas outside it can grow up to 10 feet, so if  you’re looking for a lot of green to fill a space outdoors then this is the palm for you. And just like the rest of my top 10 pet friendly plants, it’s air purifying too.

That’s my top 10 selection of pet friendly plants from Bloomscape. I hope there was something in there for every pet owner and plant enthusiast. Bloomscape, such a wonderful variety of plants and all the plant tools, food and accessories you could ask for, using sustainable methods. 

I know my shopping basket is full… I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough indoor plants.