15 Pet Friendly Houseplants (Safe for Cats and Dogs!)

You love your furry friend. And you love plants! Do you have to sacrifice one for the other? Nope! Today let’s talk about some of our favorite pet friendly houseplants for your home!

15 Pet Friendly Houseplants

1. Peperomia

Peperomia plants are great Pet Friendly houseplants

Peperomia plants are in the peppecorn family, Piperaceae. Plants in this family make great houseplants for newbies because they’re easy to grow and clean the air.

They like humid area which make them a great addition to any bathroom. However, they’re very adaptable and can grow in just about any room in your home.

These plants like medium to bright light and don’t like to be overwatered. It’s non-toxic for cats and dogs.

Find more on this Peperomia Plant care post!

2. Goldfish Plant

Goldfish Plant

Looking for a flowering plant? Check out the goldfish! Today I’m going to walk you through Goldfish plant care and everything you may need to know about growing them.

The Goldfish Plant is a gorgeous blooming plant that gets their names from their flowers! Their flowers are red-orange in color that appear in spring and summer. Some say they look like leaping goldfish!

Find more on this Goldfish Plant post!

3. Spider Plant

Spider Plant

The Spider Plants are a great beginner plant. They’re easy to grow and don’t mind being left alone in dark corners!

Aim to water these plants once a week or whenever they seem dry to the touch. Spider plants will produce babies when their roots get nice and bound so don’t transfer these to a bigger pot too soon or you won’t see babies from it!

Find more tips on my Spider plant care post.

4. Lipstick Plant

Lipstick Plant are a great pet friendly plant

The Lipstick Plant, proper name Aeschynanthus radicans, is an easy to grow plant. Like most plants, there are a ton of different varieties of lipstick plants. There’s everything from curly q lipstick plants that have leaves that twist and curl, variegated ones, and even a tangerine lipstick plant that gives you orange-yellow flowers!

They get their name from the flower buds that peek out from the darker red tubes! Often times when given enough light, these will bloom throughout the year.

You’ll love watching this plant bloom

Find more on this Lipstick Care post.

5. Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern

The Birds Nest Fern is an easy to grow and maintain plant. It likes low to bright indirect light and should be kept away from too much bright sun (north or east facing windows are best).

Be sure to water this one weekly though! It doesn’t like to dry out. If the leaves look a little droopy, it likely just needs some water! Check the soil – if it’s dry, give it some water and it’ll perk up in no time.

This houseplant doesn’t grow super fast so you don’t have to worry about it getting overcrowded quickly.

6. Pilea

chinese money plant are a great pet friendly plant

The Chinese Money Plant is growing in popularity because of it’s fun round leaves and the fact that it sprouts so many babies, making it a great gift!

These plants are relatively small, most not growing larger than 18 inches. Pileas don’t like to be overwatered and can get root rot fairly easily. It’s better to underwater than overwater!

Try out a pilea for a safe cat friendly houseplant!

Find more on this Pilea Plant care post.

7. Staghorn Fern

Another member of the fern family (like the Bird’s Nest), the Staghorn Fern loves humidity! This plant does best in bright to moderate indirect light, so keep it near a window but out of direct sun.

The trickiest part of Staghorn Ferns is ensuring they’re getting watered enough without overwatering them. Usually water them every 7-10 days, and less often in the winter.

8. Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)

Burro's Tail (Sedum Morganianum)

The Burro’s tail is one succulent that is fairly easy to grow and care for! (I personally find succulents to be not the easiest plant!) They’re the type of plant that does well with a bit of neglect so for those of you who often forget to water your plants, this one’s for you!

Burro’s tail need plenty of sunshine, good drainage and just a bit of water. Let it dry out in between waterings so it doesn’t get a case of root rot.

These are really fun indoor plants safe for cats and dogs to add to your home!

9. Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant

The Maranta gets its name because of how it folds its leaves in during the evening. This plant comes in a variety of shapes and colors and is one of the most highly-decorated foliage found in nature!

Maranta plants like filtered or dechlorinated water the best. The easiest way to do this is to fill your watering can overnight and water it the next day. This is one of my favorite plants!

10. African Violet

African Violet

African violet plants are beautiful indoor houseplants that will brighten up any space! It’s a bit temperamental especially about water and don’t like to dry out or stay too wet. African violets like water that is lukewarm (let it sit out for 48 hours) and be sure to not get any water on the foliage!

They like medium to bright light that’s filtered. Be sure to turn the pot frequently to prevent it from reaching (like most plants!).

11. Air Plant

Air Plant

Air Plants are really unique, fun plants that will liven up any space! Because they don’t need soil, housing them is a bit different than a regular plant.

Air plants don’t like direct sunlight so keep them in a sheltered (but bright!) spot. To water them, simply pace them in a sink submerged for about 30 minutes. Let them dry upside down then return them to their home. You can also mist them in between waterings during drier months.

12. Money Tree

Money Tree

photo via the Sill

Money trees are a fun plant that gives your home a tropical feel! It needs medium to bright indirect light and likes to be turned with every watering to ensure it all gets proper light.

It likes to be watered a lot at once, letting the water run through the bottom of the pot but make sure it doesn’t stand in water! Water every time the top few inches dry out.

Money trees like to stay in the same spot and as every plant on this list, is safe for cats, dogs and all pets!

13. Ponytail Tree

Ponytail Tree

photo via Bloomscape

The Ponytail Palm tree is a very forgiving plant that can survive in both low and bright light! It’s ideal light is bright light but don’t worry if it doesn’t get that!

This plant is similar to the Burro’s Tail. They’re both succulents and they both prefer to be more dry so only water it every couple of weeks. (Pro tip – get both of these and keep them near one another so you can mimic your care plans!)

14. White Orchid

White Orchid

photo via the Sill

Are you looking for a pet friendly houseplant that blooms? The White Orchid is a great option for new orchid plant parents! (Side note: my father in law’s house is full of orchids – it’s so inspiring!)

White orchids need a good amount of water but allow them to dry out in between waterings. They like a lot of bright indirect light but can survive with just a medium amount of light.

They typically bloom about once a year for a few months!

15. Hoya Heart Plant

Hoya Heart Plant

The Hoya Heart Plant gets it’s name by….it’s heart shaped leaves! Shocking, I know! 😉 It’s perfect as gifts for your significant other or best friend to remind them of your love for them.

It does best in bright light – ideally direct but can tolerate indirect light. It’s great for people who often forget to water their plants because this one only needs to be watered every 3-4 weeks. Make sure it dries out fully before you water it again!

This fun dog and cat friendly houseplant is all over Instagram so join in on the fun, without having to worry about your furry friend because of course it’s a pet friendly plant!

And there you have it! 15 pet friendly houseplants for pretty much every type of home – low light, bright light, forgetful plant parents and masters of the plants.

I hope you learned a thing or two and found a plant (or 3!) to bring home for you and your cat or dog can enjoy together.

Next check out some fun indoor plant stands for your indoor houseplants!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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