PLANTS AND YOUR PETS

March 26, 2018

PLANTS AND YOUR PETS

We're often asked which plants are pet-compatible, particularly whether certain plants are toxic to cats and dogs. It's striking how many of you plant lovers are also pet lovers - the nurture instinct is strong!

So we're going to offer a little bit of guidance to help you keep your pets safe and your minds at ease, whilst also keeping your house looking cool and green.

The first thing to say is that our cat and resident shop manager, Jonathan, spends his days amongst our plants, frequently nibbling a leaf and rubbing against the plants and he's never gotten sick yet. It's going to be more of an issue if your dog or cat has the propensity to eat the leaves, rather than rub and slightly nibble them.

That doesn't happen too often but if you're worried about it then these are some of the more important houseplant varieties you should avoid or keep in a raised or hanging display because they are regarded as poisonous if ingested by cats and dogs.

Ingesting the leaves can cause some irritation and vomiting. In most cases it won't be life-threatening but of course if your little prince or princess has ingested something you're concerned about, consult a vet. If in doubt when choosing a plant we're always on hand to give guidance on specific varieties that are dog and cat safe.

 

1. Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia) 
Dumb cane 
2. Caladium (Elephant's Ear)
Caladium
3. Peace Lily
Peace Lily
4. Jade plant 
Jade plant
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera
6. Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos
7. English Ivy
English Ivy
8. ZZ plant 
ZZ plant
9. Asparagus fern
Asparagus Fern
10. Sago Palm
Sago Palm
Cover picture: Yelena Bryksenkova