Running a studio and rescue network from home makes for some intense juggling! Like with most creatives, I imagine...I don't sacrifice decor for the sake of tidiness- I'm what we call a maximalist. And I have been doing a lot of thinking on creating a safer environment for my pets, without having to go drab.
Enter h o u s e p l a n t s.
Indoor gardening is at the forefront of interior design and for damn good reasons! Beautifying & air purifying, house plants add charm to every space they touch. Most species are easy to care for in a variety of zones + who doesn't love caring for something living?!
Below is a list of fan-favorite plants, their toxicity and our tips for keeping them and your pets SAFE!
1. AFRICAN VIOLETS- NONTOXIC
Small and neatly, these purple blooms with their signature fuzzy leaves make for beautiful kitchen plants. They adore bright light and can be found thriving in a south facing window sill. These are safe additions for Cat and Dog households.
2. ALOE VERA- TOXIC
This plant, known for it's healing properties should be kept far away from your pets. Known for its spiked, gel filled stalks- this plant works wonders on burned skin but if ingested by your pet can induce vomiting, lethargy and bowel upset. If your pet has ingested any toxic materials call your veterinarian ASAP.
3. LUCKY BAMBOO- NONTOXIC
Perhaps most everyone's first plant, this variety of bamboo loves to live in it's over watered container and then... be left alone! Easy to care for and hard to kill-- most Lucky Bamboo plants come bound and established in the same planter they will live their whole lives in. Non-toxic to both Cats and Dogs, this is a great addition to any sunny home looking for low-key greenery.
4. BLUE ECHEVERIA- NONTOXIC
A popular choice among lovers of the #SucculentSociety, this tiny desert-dweller grows fast and brightly in just about any rocky container you can find. Succulents are a huge family of plants, and though not all are pet friendly, the Blue Echeveria is safe for both Cats and Dogs
5. CHINESE EVERGREEN- TOXIC
Tightly clustered spades of multi tonal leaves make up this bushy houseplant, and I must admit- she's one of my personal favorites. We recommend keeping this evergreen specimen up high, in a hanging planter to avoid any temptation. The soft and showy leaves are known to attract bored snackers, and if ingested by Cats or Dogs, can lead to mouth irritation and swelling, tongue damage, drooling, vomiting and trouble swallowing. If your pet has ingested any toxic materials call your veterinarian ASAP.
6. MONSTERA- TOXIC
This Instagram famous plant is also called the Swiss-Cheese Plant, and is best recognized for it's beautiful deletions in it's heart shaped leaves. Native to jungles, this is not what we would consider a beginners plant, but if you choose to raise your own, take heed. Toxic to both Cats and Dogs, this long legged specimen should be kept on a plant stand, elevated above your pet's reach. Ingestion can lead to mouth irritation and swelling, tongue damage, drooling, vomiting and trouble swallowing. If your pet has ingested any toxic materials call your veterinarian ASAP.
7. POTHOS- TOXIC
Fast growing tangles of vine make up this diverse family of houseplant. There are many kinds of Pothos varieties- and for the sake of caution, keep all up and away from your furry friends. They do well in sunny windows, along curtain rods and even in bright showers- so keeping these romantic vines out of Fido's reach should prove easy enough! If ingested, expect burning, irritation, drooling and vomiting. If your pet has ingested any toxic materials call your veterinarian ASAP.
8. SNAKE PLANT- TOXIC
Easy to care for and manage in size, Snake Plants, though toxic to both Cats and Dogs can be kept in containers at elevation in both sun or shade. These popular, and easy-to-maintain plants add easy charm to any table top. Just keep the kitty away! we recommend keeping these under a bell-jar to eliminate risk. If ingested, nausea, vomiting and bowel upset can be expected. If your pet has ingested any toxic materials call your veterinarian ASAP.
9. SPIDER PLANT- NONTOXIC
Though they start their life so small- these house plants grow and grow and grow! They produce vines with little offspring, perfect for clipping and growing into another pot! The plant that keeps on giving... Spider Plants are safe among Cats and Dogs -YAY!!
10. ZEBRA CACTUS- NONTOXIC
Rounding out our list at number ten is a cactus! One safe for everyone. Considered non-toxic among Cats and Dogs, the most dangerous part of these cuties is their sharp tipped leaves. With no real quills to speak of, this is a great addition for pet households.
If you would like to see a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants, we recommend the experts at ASPCA. Their comprehensive list can be credited for the above mentioned classifications. Although the purpose of this article is to discuss safety around ingestion- it is important to note indoor gardening can present other hazards for choking and bodily harm to your fur babes. And always, ALWAYS fertilize your soils in a well ventilated area, away from your pets. XO