10 Non-Toxic Houseplants That Are Safe for Your Pets

Updated: Nov. 10, 2023

If you're eager to fill your rooms with houseplants but don't want to risk harming your pets, check out these non-toxic houseplants options deemed safe by the ASPCA.

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Spider Plant

This funky plant features thin, bright green leaves that spill over whatever container it lives in. Spider Plant is safe for pets, though placing it on a high shelf would be ideal for not only displaying its overflowing nature but also keeping its characteristic long leaves intact around cats. Here are some charming indoor planters that will make wonderful herb gardens.

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Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus gets its name because it blooms mostly during winter, around Christmas time. Unlike most cacti, it does not have sharp spines, which means it won’t scratch your dog or cat if they touch it. And it’s non-toxic, should your pets ingest it. It’s not easy to keep houseplants alive all winter long, but here are several ways you can keep you home bright in the winter.

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We considered this funky little houseplant, also known as the Zebra Plant, one of the 10 coolest succulents out there. It has white horizontal stripes across its dark green, spiky leaves, which gives it a striking, unique look. While Haworthia is non-toxic for cats and dogs, it would definitely be unpleasant for your pets to chomp on its prickly leaves. Instead, give them a few of these homemade treats to nibble on.

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Blushing Bromeliad

This colorful, tropical-looking plant would make a beautiful addition to any home—even one with curious pets, as it’s non-toxic for both cats and dogs. Blushing Bromeliad grows vibrant green leaves that turn bright red in the center when it’s about to bloom. It is also naturally drought tolerant and very easy to care for. If you love a little color in your home, read about why you should add fresh flowers to your weekly grocery list.

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Burros Tail

This quirky plant would make an interesting addition to any room where pets roam. It’s light green, beadlike leaves are definitely eye-catching. Plus, this houseplant will provide you with peace of mind, as it’s safe for dogs and cats.

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African Violet

For a more flowery option, African Violet is a beautiful plant that has dark green leaves and blooms deep violet flowers. It can survive year-round in any part of your home that receives plenty of sunlight during the day, and it is completely safe for your pets. Looking for a unique flower centerpiece? You can make your own out of Peeps!

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Watermelon Peperomia

This fun leafy plant grows variegated foliage in many green, red and silver shades. It looks beautiful bursting out of an indoor planter, and there is no need to keep it out of the reach of your pets, as it is safe if they happen to chew on it. Here are some more tips for pet-proofing you home.

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

This incredible flower, though pet-safe, is worth keeping out of the reach of your furry friends. It’s non-toxic, but that doesn’t mean it can withstand an encounter with your playful kitty or rowdy pup.

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Lipstick Plant

Though Lipstick Plant is safe for cats and dogs, should they give it a taste test, it’s perfect for keeping up high in a hanging planter in your home. Its dark green leaves grow long, spilling over the edge of the container and tubular red flowers that resemble lipstick bloom at the ends.

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Areca Palm

This common palm makes a fantastic floor plant for homes with pets. It’s readily available, grows tall and full with little maintenance and, best of all, it’s non-toxic for cats and dogs.

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