Whether you’re new to sharing your household with cats and dogs or they’ve long been a part of your life, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of potential issues houseplants may pose for our pets. I’ve compiled a “top 5” list of some of my favorite websites with photos and vital information about houseplants you might want to learn more about. Many of these sites include the scientific/botanical names as well. And just to keep it balanced, I’ve included a link to science-based information regarding the benefits of plants in your home.
Houseplants and Pets:
From Rover.com: 15 Common House Plants Poisonous to Dogs
(Includes list of suggested alternative plants to consider.)
Pilea.com: 10 Toxic Houseplants to Avoid
(Great photos & helpful safety tips.)
Farmers’ Almanac: 30 Common Toxic Houseplants From A-Z
(One of my favorite go-to sites for all sorts of information.)
(This new-to-me site is exceptionally well organized–worth bookmarking!)
Balcony Garden Web: Beware of Plants Toxic to Dogs
(This site includes short descriptions, photographs, and notes about associated toxins, severity, and symptoms. Plus: you’ll learn which part of the plant is malicious. Mystery writers, take note!)
I’ve had many of these plants in my own home–still do–and none of my cats or dogs have ever suffered ill effects. In fact, like many people, I’ve found houseplants to be a beneficial addition to my home, and support good health and boost creativity. For more information about the positive effects of houseplants (including some listed on the website above), check out healthline.com’s article “7 Science-Backed Benefits of Indoor Plants.”
Wishing you good health and happiness with pets and plants!