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How to Safely Have Plants and Pets

PawjourrMay 06, 2022~ 2 mins read

This article was written by Cady Cohen from SiegeMedia.

As a pet owner, you want to keep your furry friends safe, especially at home, whether that is by storing household chemicals or making sure your indoor plant life isn’t harmful. No matter how gorgeous and green they look, not all plants can coexist well with your pets. That doesn’t mean you have to pick one over the other; you just have to educate yourself on pet-friendly plants.

A poisonous plant contains toxins that can harm your pet if touched or ingested. If a sufficient amount is ingested, the results can be fatal. For example, lilies and aloes are two poisonous plants you do not want to have in your home for your pets to come into contact with. 

If you still want to have some greenery in your home but don’t know where to stay, start here with these pet-safe plants.

1. Spider Plant

While the name may seem a bit toxic, this is one of the best pet-friendly plants. Spider plants also a great option if you are a beginner when it comes to greenery. These plants thrive alone in dark areas without the need for any sunlight. Spider plants can even be hung high if you are nervous about your pet messing with the leaves.

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2. Goldfish Plant

This plant gets its name from the red and orange flowers that create an illusion of jumping goldfish. If your cat or dog mistakes this plant for a real goldfish, there is no need to worry since it is non-toxic to them. This plant does best indoors and can last up to a decade.

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3. Money Tree

Unlike its name, the money tree doesn’t actually have to do anything with actual money. However, it is a jackpot for those looking for non-toxic plants to have in their home. While it is one of the less harmful plants for your pets, be sure they are not nibbling on the leaves to avoid an upset stomach. This plant does require routine maintenance. Water the tree frequently, especially when the top layer appears dry, which means the plant needs hydration. But avoid overwatering it so the plant isn’t sitting in a puddle. It will then start to rot.

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4. Orchid

Add some color to your pet-friendly plant collection with beautiful orchids. This plant will also need more TLC than the previous plants mentioned. Orchids thrive best in partial lighting in an environment that is warm and humid. If cared for properly, your orchids will blossom and last for months.

Plant Safety Tips

Having plants in your home is a great way to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve memory and concentration. You just have to do some research before bringing them home to know which plants can coexist with your pets. If you are still nervous about your pets messing with your greenery, put them on shelves or hang them where your pets will not be able to reach them.

If your pet does at any point come in contact with an unfamiliar substance or ingests something toxic, bathe them and seek treatment immediately.

For more information on how pets and plants can coexist, check out the infographic below.

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Cover photo by Chewy on Unsplash

* This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Pawjourr. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.

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