Pet-Safe Plants for Bad Gardeners

There are few things that can make your home look nicer as quickly and simply as plants. Plants not only add a nice, green touch to your home, they also help filter the air. However, not everyone is born with a green thumb. In fact, some people are, well, more like brown thumbs. Choosing hardy plants is a great option for people who don’t garden well, but if you have pets, you’ll also need to be sure to choose only pet-safe plants. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet lists some plants that are both easy to grow and safe for pets.

African Violets

African violets are very pretty, and are available in many bright colors. They are pet-safe, and can do just fine either indoors or outdoors, as long as they get the right amount of light.


Echeveria, Jade, and Kalanchoe are a few succulents that are safe for our animal companions. However, not all succulents are safe, so be sure to do some research.

Money Tree

We can’t verify whether or not having a money tree will benefit your bank account, but we do know that they are both hardy and pet-safe!

Cast Iron Plants

A cast iron plant can survive low light, lack of fertilization, and irregular watering. They’re also safe for pets!


Many types of orchids, such as Tiger orchids and Jewel orchids, are pet-safe. While orchids do have specific care needs, you may find that keeping them healthy is easier than you think. Generally, orchids only need to be watered about one to two times per week. Just get the right soil, and take a few minutes to read about proper watering methods.

Rubber Tree Plants

Rubber tree plants are a great option, and can make any room look nice and welcoming. They’re also fine for Fido and Fluffy, and are very easy to care for.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are another great option for pet owners. These pretty plants are quite hardy, and don’t need much tending to. (Note: kitties love to eat spider plants, so you may still need to keep the plant out of Fluffy’s reach.)


These are just a few plants that are safe for pets. Check the ASPCA website for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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