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Cats and dogs love plants. It’s a natural instinct to stick their head in the greenery. Nibbling on leaves and pawing at soil is just the best fun for most of them. But not all plants are safe for our four-legged family members. Some botanical substances, when ingested by pets, may cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, or worse. So, be cautious when picking plants for your home.
The images below will help you recognise toxic plants and keep them away from your pets. And further down the page you can find examples of beautiful, pet-friendly houseplants.
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Peace Lily

Despite having peace in its name, this plant can seriously harm pets. You will recognize it by its long, white petals and well-veined leaves. After ingestion, your cat or dog may experience oral irritation and intense burning of the mouth followed by excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty with swallowing.
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dracaena spp.
The plant comes in dozens of varieties. It often looks like a little tree with a wooden stem and a wide leafy crown. If your pet ingests it, the following symptoms may occur: vomiting, depression, anorexia, hypersalivation.
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alocasia spp.
Alocasia, also called elephant’s ear, comes from the tropics and subtropics of Asia and Australia. With its showy foliage, it’s attention-grabbing and attractive. But do not be deceived by its appearance. It contains substances that are toxic for cats and dogs.
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ficus benjamina
The fig has deep green leaves, sometimes with light green edges - so beautiful and so toxic. The plant contains two substances toxic to cats and dogs: proteolytic enzyme (ficin), psoralen (ficusin). You better keep your pet away from the ficus.
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All Philodendron species are toxic for pets. Philodendrons are tropical plants originating from South Africa. Usually they produce large, thick, heart-shaped leaves, sometimes with light green areas or spots. After ingestion, your pet may vomit, drool excessively, or experience mouth and tongue irritation.
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aloe vera
Apart from having sharp spikes, aloe vera is toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion can cause pets to vomit, fall into lethargy, or get diarrhea. You can recognize the plant by its succulent, thick, and stiff leaves with a greenish-white spots or stripes.

Choosing plants safe for pets

Nature is insanely rich. Botanical variety is boundless. And lucky you, lucky for your furry friends, there are hundreds of decorative, air-purifying pot plants which you can grow at home without worrying about your cat or dog’s well-being. Choose the ones with no spikes or sharp foliage so your pet doesn’t get injured if it plays with them.
Here are some examples of popular, easy-to-grow plants that are perfectly safe for cats and dogs. Pick one of them for your home and keep your entire fur family happy and healthy.

Banana Plant

musa acuminata
This tropical plant originates in rainforests and is called the banana tree or musa tropicana. It requires a lot of water and moisture in the air. Water it daily, but be careful not to make the soil soggy. You can recognise the banana plant by its large (15-25 cm), paddle-shaped, green leaves. It’s very decorative and will add a touch of the tropics to your interior.
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chamaedorea elegans
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This lovely indoor palm, also known as the Good Luck Palm, comes from Central America. It produces light-textured, long, green foliage resembling palm-like shrubs. Chamaedorea is very elegant and delicate. It also has a great ability to remove indoor air pollutants. To grow beautifully, it requires bright, indirect sunlight, but it’s also tolerant to low-light conditions. Be careful not to overwater it.
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calathea taeniosa joriss
Calathea taeniosa joriss is sometimes reffered to as Goeppertia taeniosa. It is native to Brasil and is best known for its wide, eliptic shaped leaves ornamented with a natural, yet imaginative patterns. Just like every other plant from Calathea family it is easy to take care of: it can survive with minum water and light which makes them a perfect addition to your home decorum.
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Boston Fern

nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis
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The Boston fern is prized for its arching green fronds and air-purifying ability. It grows in many tropical areas around the world. It doesn’t need much care, but remember to water it regularly. It likes partial sunny positions and humidity (it’s good to mist it from time to time). Due to the cascading nature of the greenery, it’s good to put the plant above floor level, in a place where its fronds can hang down, gently pulled by gravity.
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Emerald Ripple Peperomia

Peperomia caperata
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You can easily recognise Peperomia caperata by its heart-shaped, succulent, deeply veined leaves. The plant doesn't grow very fast, but if you’re patient enough and provide it with sufficient light, it will reward you with an amazing appearance. It originates from the Brazilian rainforest, so it likes a humid and warm environment.
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