28 Houseplants That Are Safe For Cats and Dogs


Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Got pets?

If you do, these are the best plants for cats and dogs.

That’s because they’re safe in case your furry ones decide to play around and chew on them.

Should that happen, you can be rest assured that these houseplants aren’t going to poison them.

And, of course, we’ve only chosen the most beautiful ones, so you can use them to beautify your home as well.

Best Houseplants that are Safe for Cats and Dogs

African Violet

African Violet

The African violet is a popular houseplant because of its beauty.

You’ll often see it in different shades of purple, which is what it’s best known for.

But, this flowering plant actually comes in pink and white varieties.

They work well indoors because they thrive in fairly similar conditions we do. They like regular humidity and average temperature.

Best of all, it’s pet safe.

So, your dogs or cats are free to roam around with risk of any issues even if they decide to chew on its leaves.



The zinnia is another wonderful pet safe option.

It’s perfect if you want to add color to your garden.

It’s actually a relative of the sunflower and daisy. This is why some of its varieties look similar to them.

With zinnias you get to choose between yellow, pink, purple, white and orange.

You can likewise grow them together to give a extra brightness to any room at home.



Marigolds are another multicolor flower.

Once again, it’s their beauty that makes them striking.

However, these plants have a few distinct characteristics that you may want to take note of.

They like full sun. And, they prefer hot weather.

In fact, if you put them is cooler environments or under the shade, they won’t bloom properly and become prone to mildew.

Additionally, they like rich, moist, but well-drained soil.

One last thing to note is that they have a pungent odor. This makes them a better option outdoors where their smell helps deter insects from coming near.

Baby Tears

Baby Tears

Baby tears is a plant whose small leaves grow outward to cover the container.

As such, they work well in hanging baskets, terrariums and on tabletops.

From their shape, you probably already can tell that your dogs and cats will get curious and try something with these plants.

The good news is, they’re safe even if ingested.

So, there’s nothing to worry about.



If you don’t like having to plant or replant your flowers, the camellia is something you’ll love.

The flower lives for decades. This gives you the ability to enjoy its beauty.

They look like roses so you know they’re very appealing to the human eye.

It’s worth noting that they like the shade or partial sun.

So, it’s a good idea to keep them away from the harsh afternoon sun if you grow them indoors.

Polka Dot Plant

polka dot plant


Nope, they don’t technically have polka dots.

However, they’re leaves are splotched with small dots that are bunched together.

Thus, making them very beautiful to look at.

So, when choosing them, you’ll want to decide what colors to get.

That’s because some will pop more than others. For example, the pink and white splotches are brighter than some of the other colors.



Orchids are one of the more well-known plants.

In fact, you’ll often find them indoors in many homes.

That’s because they’re very lovely to look at.

And, they don’t like too much sun. This low light (and water) preference makes them ideal for many homeowners.

That said, these colorful flowers like humid conditions.



You probably haven’t heard of this plant. But, you’ve probably seen it in the flower shop.

Gloxinia’s are a relative of the African Violet.

And, it’s shows.

They come with gorgeous flowers that liven up any room.

You can choose between purple, red, blue, white or pink varieties. All of which are amazing to look at.

Baby’s Breath

baby's breath

Baby’s breath is a wonderful looking flower that’s different from many of the others in the list.

That’s because you don’t get large blooms.

Instead, you get a big bunch of small flowers.

That gives it a completely different look. Yet, still beautiful to look at.

That’s one of the reason why florists will often recommend it in their shops. These plants easily fill up any space to make it look better.

That said, do check that you’re not getting the Maiden’s breath which can easily be mistaken for this plant. That’s because the former is toxic to your cats.



If you prefer to decorate with leaves rather than flowers, check out the peperomia plant.

This is a very popular houseplant that comes with beautiful variegated folliage.

The different striped patterns make it stand out as far as looks go.

But, one of the biggest reasons homeowners love them is they’re easy to grow.

They’re not fussy about lighting conditions. Although, they do prefer medium to bright light.

You also don’t need to water them as much as other indoor plants.

And, because they’re slow growers, you won’t need to keep pruning them as well.



You’ve probably heard of the hibiscus. But, in all likelihood, not for the plant.

Instead, it’s better known for its medicinal properties.

The plant’s leaves and flowers are often made into a tea. That’s because it’s been shown to help with conditions like high blood pressure and upset stomachs.

That said, the flower itself is gorgeous to look at.

They’re big too, up to 6 inches in diameter. This makes them hard to miss.



Sunflowers are perfect if you want to brighten up a room or your garden.

They’re among the most popular plants around, so people already know them when they see them.

Since they’re related to the daisies, you do get some similarities between the two.

As its name suggests, these flowers like a lot of sun.

So, you’ll want to put them somewhere they get 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.

Areca Palm

Areca Palm


This is a plant you’ve likely seen in homes or stores.

They’re very popular because they’re lovely looking “mini trees”.

These houseplants come with long, beautiful looking fronds.

The good news is, even if your cats decide to play or chew on their leaves, your pets won’t be at any health risks, since they’re safe.

As far as growing is concerned, areca palms are often grown in pots indoors. But, you’ll want to position them where they can get a lot of sunlight.

Boston Fern

Boston Fern


The Boston fern is another attractive looking houseplant with unique looking fronds.

Besides their lovely looks, homeowners like their toughness.

They’re easy to propagate, do okay with little water and can tolerate a lot of light. That latter is not something a lot of ferns do. Thus, all the indoor fluorescent lights and bulbs at home aren’t a problem.


peacock plant

The calathea plant is also called the zebra plant or peacock plant.

This is because of the lovely patterns in their leaves.

Depending on the species you get, you’ll likely find striped or some kind of circular patterns. Hence the two monickers above.

These plants are ideal for home conditions because they prefer indirect light. They don’t need a lot of watering, pruning or fertilizer.

Plus, they enjoy warm temperatures as well.

More Pet-Safe Houseplants for Dog and Cat Owners

Still want more?

Here are a few more beautiful houseplants that aren’t toxic to your dogs and cats.



Prayer Plant


prayer plant


Venus Fly Trap

venus flytrap





Parlor Palm

parlor palm


Cast Iron

cast iron plant

Spider Plant

spider plant



Which Plants are Toxic for Cats and Dogs?

Now that you know which plants to look for that are safe for your pets, it’s time to take a look at those you want to avoid.

These plants are toxic to animals and in many cases humans as well.

As such, you can have them at home.

But, you’ll want to keep them away from your young ones and pets just to be safe.

  1. Aloe
  2. Amaryllis
  3. Anthurium
  4. Autumn Crocus
  5. Azaleas
  6. Castor Bean
  7. Chrysanthemum
  8. Cyclamen
  9. Daffodils
  10. Daisy
  11. Dieffenbachia
  12. Dracaena
  13. English Ivy
  14. Hyacinth
  15. Hyacinth
  16. Kalanchoe
  17. Lily
  18. Lily of the Valley
  19. Marijuana
  20. Oleander
  21. Peace Lily
  22. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
  23. Rhododendrons
  24. Sago Palm
  25. Spanish Thyme
  26. Tulip
  27. Yew


Owning pets is awesome!

I can’t tell you how fulfilling it has been for me. Growing up around them, I’ve always known that I’d let my kids enjoy them as well.

But, like all pet owners know, caring for them takes a lot of work as well.

One of which is ensuring that they don’t eat things that are toxic to them or cause them to keep throwing up later on.

Hopefully, the list above helps you choose the right plants to grow at home so your dogs and cats stay safe.


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