Non-pet-friendly Plants


Go spider plants!

Do we really know what cats or dogs do when we leave the house?  There is a chance that your furry companions could be sticking their noses into dangerous things while you are away for business or errands.  One of the steps that we can take to ensure their safety in our homes as guardians, is to be extremely careful consumers when it comes to purchasing house plants, or even any plants outside the home (depending on how often your cat or dog goes outside.)

Especially during special occasions, you may feel inclined to buy or gift some lilies.  But even though they are beautiful and the perfect centerpiece for Nanna’s bouquet, I don’t think her cat Mr. Jingles would appreciate that.  True lilies like Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show lilies have toxins that can cause severe liver failure in lighter dogs and all cats.  Just 2-3 leaves could spell death, which is why being informed is so important.

Other dangerous plants to steer away from include:

  • tulips and hyacinths
  • African violet
  • Lilies
  • Sago Palm
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Azalea
  • Daffodils
  • Kalanchoe
  • Cyclamen
  • Oleander
  • Lily of the Valley

We recommend just sticking with plants that are both easy to care for, and are definitely safe.  If you had to pick one, we hope you would choose the guaranteed safety of your animal companion over the vanity of your flora.

Spider plants are a great example.  Often, they are cheap to buy at the store and are low maintenance.  They also can be cloned easily, so you may only take one trip to your florist, but end up with several potted spider plants by the next year.  Cats and dogs love to stick their faces in the leaves and when they sprout shiny, new leaves it can give you a feeling of small victory.  You now know one more thing to help yourself be a great animal guardian.

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