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Pet-Safe Houseplants For People Who Kill Plants

January 15, 2020

Do you have both a pet and a brown thumb? Choosing houseplants may be tricky. You’ll want to avoid plants that are tricky to care for, as well as those that aren’t safe for pets. We can help! Here, a Brandon, FL vet lists some pet-safe plants for bad gardeners.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are super easy to grow, and won’t die if you forget to water them. That said, the plant itself may not be safe from cats. Fluffy loves to eat these!


Many types of succulents, such as Echeveria, Jade, and Kalanchoe, are safe for pets. These are also easy keepers.

Cast Iron Plants

As the name suggests, these attractive plants are really tough. Even if you don’t feed or water them for a while, they just keep going strong.

Money Tree

A money tree may not have much effect on your bank account, but it won’t hurt your pet. Plus, they look nice!

Rubber Tree Plants

Rubber is pretty resilient, and so are the trees it comes from. These attractive plants are great options for people who kill plants.

Prayer Plants

These pretty plants are both safe for your furry friend and easy to grow. They look great in hanging baskets!

African Violets

African violets can add a pretty pop of color to any spot. They can live indoors or outdoors, and don’t need very much light.


Orchids may not seem like an easy plant to care for, but many of them are actually quite hardy. Just take a few minutes to research how to water them, and choose the right soil. However, you’ll want to be sure to pick an orchid that is safe for pets. Most are, but there are a few varieties that aren’t.


Many varieties of palm trees are safe for pets. Ponytail palms, Areca palms, and Parlor palms are all fine. These are great options for a porch or patio! Just be sure to do some research, as not all palms are safe. Sago palms, for instance, are extremely toxic to pets.


Always err on the side of caution. If you aren’t sure whether or not a certain plant is toxic to pets, check the ASPCA website here.

Please contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!


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