14 Houseplants That Are Pet-Friendly

Bromeliads growing beautifully.

Here is a list of houseplants that are pet-friendly and completely fine for you to place anywhere around your home. It is important to realize that there are many houseplants that are pet-friendly as well as those that are poisonous and toxic to your pets.

If you ever have doubts, please consult your veterinarian about any houseplants you would like to place around your house but are unsure how your fur baby may react to it.

Your pet’s safety needs to come first. This list contains 14 houseplants you need not to worry if you would like to place among your home.


14 Houseplants That Your Fur Babies Are Safe To Be Around


1) African Daisy

Purple African daisies in the garden.

African daisies are harmless to your cats and dogs. This plant supplement adds color to your garden and doesn’t smell funky like other varieties.

Some animals love to eat African daisy but no worries, this plant is not only pretty to look at, but also will not harm those who are able to ingest it.


2) Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird's nest fern

Bird’s nest fern is a non-poisonous plant that is safe for humans, cats, and dogs.

It can thrive from low to medium light but not under direct sunlight. This plant usually grows on the surface of tree trunks or tall buildings.

Bird’s nest fern is beautiful and a natural choice for plants to display, and the key to a healthy bird’s nest fern is providing enough warmth and moisture.

Placing this plant in a window with sufficient light or near the bathroom to get optimal humidity is essential.


3) Donkey’s Tail Succulent

Donkey's tail growing in a log planter.

This non-poisonous plant has beautiful cascading thick, dense leaves that look like a donkey’s tail. These leaves are fragile and easily fall off when disturbed.

The playful appearance of these succulents becomes the favorites of many succulent lovers. Donkey’s tail succulents love plenty of sunlight yet requires minimal waterings.


4) Opuntia Species

Opuntia plants in the field.

Opuntias are wide, flat, branching pads and are often called paddle cactus. They usually have detachable spines and tufts of barbed bristle that can sometimes cause allergic skin reactions.

Its pads and flowers are edible after careful cleaning. This plant is completely safe around your pets.


5) Lipstick Plant

A cluster of tube-like red flowers of lipstick plant.

The plant’s name derives from its elegant appearance featuring vibrant red tube-like flowers that resemble lipstick tubes.

Lipstick plant is a cascading variety and suitable to grow in a hanging basket. The plant loves partial sun and soil that retains moderate moisture.


6) Spider Plant

Spider plant in a ceramic pot.
Image by: proflowers.com

You can find spider plants in many homes as they grow well in different environments and conditions.

This plant is beautiful, but won’t produce a flower for your enjoyment. However, it has tiny white blooms that are appealing.

Spider plants have leaves like a narrow blade of grass that droop downwards, making them an excellent hanging plant in your living room or patio.


7) African Violet

An African violet plant with one purple flower.

African violet is a non-toxic indoor plant that is friendly to your furry friends.

It produces a purple flower and features rich green leaves that can be attractive in any corner of your living room.

This plant prefers a warm climate and loves full to partial indirect sunlight.


8) The Bromeliads

Bromeliads with two pineapple-like orange flowers at the top ends.

Plants have now become super trendy, and bromeliads are one of the most popular houseplants preferred by many because of their thick leaves that stand upright. It produces beautiful flowers that look like a pineapple at the top ends.

It grows naturally on surfaces of trees and sometimes in large rocks. You can set them in elegant planters and place them in the corner of your living room.

It will add perfect finishing touches to your interior, aside from being an excellent source of energy and being easy to maintain.

Bromeliads are non-toxic plants, so you don’t have to worry about it being around in your home as it is safe for your kids and pets.

To make it more impressive, you too can place them in other places like the kitchen, bathroom and even in the bedroom.


9) Haworthia Succulent

Howarthia succulent planted in a ceramic pot.

Haworthia is a small succulent that makes an attractive houseplant. It features uncommon fleshy green leaves covered with white bands.

This succulent is easy to grow. It appreciates bright light and adequate moisture in the summer but dry conditions during winter. Do not overwater and don’t let them dry out for long periods of time.

This succulent is hardy and can grow in the weirdest places. In addition to that, this pretty houseplant is pet-friendly too.


10) Tillandsia

Air plant growing in an aged log.

Tillandsia is commonly known as “air plants” and is popular for many homeowners because of their unique air-purifying properties.

Their slender leaves can remove toxins from the air, making your home’s atmosphere purified.

This plant requires minimal care, and they thrive in places with sufficient light, water, and proper ventilation.


11) Staghorn Fern

Staghorn fern growing vertically on the surface of a tree trunk.

Staghorn fern features a distinct leaf shape that looks like an elk horn. It has long dark green leaves that grow close together, and gradually widen out as they mature.

This fern variety is epiphytic. They naturally root themselves into tree surfaces growing vertically.

The staghorn fern is an elegant addition to your home not only because of its unique features, but because this type of plant is pet-friendly too.


12) Orchids

Orchid's pink flowers in stalk.

The exotic beauty of orchid flowers is matchless in the plant world. Orchid’s natural characteristic is to attach themselves to the bark of a tree or other plant surfaces. They have thick white roots that can absorb moisture and dissolve nutrients. 

This plant prefers proper air circulation and plenty of light. Orchids love the high intensity of light, almost the same as midsummer conditions in warmer regions.


13) Bamboo

Bonsai bamboo in a white ceramic pot.

Bamboo isn’t bad for your dog. This plant is perennial in Asian countries.

Bamboo prefers to be grown outside, but some varieties can tolerate indoor conditions making it a beautiful addition to your home’s interior.

Bamboo is known for its flexibility, but some species are tall and airy, while some are short and striking.


14) Echeveria Succulents

Echeveria succulent with lots of chicks.

Echeveria is a desert succulent, also known as hen and chicks. These succulents grow in a rosette about 2-6 inches in short stems.

It has blue-green leaves that generate another colour when exposed to sunlight. Growing this succulent requires careful handling as the leaves break off easily.

This plant grows fast and produces abundant offsets called chicks. You can snip them off and propagate if they get too crowded in the pot.

This plant is non-toxic. Therefore there is no need to worry if you find your pets munching on its leaves.


Final Thoughts

All pet owners know that pets, particularly dogs, love to chew on things they shouldn’t. Most dogs eat crayons, paper, plants, and countless other things that they shouldn’t eat.

Some plants are poisonous to pets, and you should also know as a responsible pet owner that even common plants in your home are harmful and can make your lovely dogs and even cats very sick when they are exposed to them.

Reports show that lots of dogs are poisoned by houseplants every year, so keeping non-toxic plants in the house can avoid this catastrophe.

On the positive side, there are tons of non-toxic plants such as those listed above that won’t harm your furry baby if placed among your home and even if they decide to munch on them.

Other pet-friendly plant varieties look similar to some herbs that can cause serious harm to your pets, so it is always vital to seek advice from your veterinarian.

Now that you know what plants are healthy and safe for your fur babies, it is now easy to take extra precautions and enable your pets to enjoy roaming around the house.

Anything to add? Please feel free to share your thoughts by writing them down in the comment section below.

About Benita Abucejo

Hi there! My name is Benita Abucejo. What can I say? I truly love spending my days in the outdoors, specifically in the garden. Gardening has always been a strong passion of mine since I was a little girl. It has brought me so much joy and happiness that it is definitely safe to say that I will be a gardener for life. For a period of time, I was able to work with people who are into home gardening and I found it to be quite beneficial to my physical health, as well as my mental well-being. Here at Seasonal Preferences, I am going to share with you my experience and ideas so that you can fulfill yourself with the same satisfaction and happiness. Of course, if you have ideas, I would love to hear those as well! Being creative in the garden can really be quite fascinating so let's share our experiences and be the best gardeners we can be. With that being said, thank you for dropping by and please leave me a comment on one of my posts if you would like to get in touch!

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