You should always think of your pets when selecting a new plant to bring into your home.

Many folks aren’t aware that some plants contain toxins which, if ingested by your cat or dog, could make them ill. For example, ever wonder why another name for Dieffenbachia is “Dumb Cane?” If a person somehow ingests the plant’s sap, they could experience swelling of the mouth– making them unable to speak – and causing them to go “dumb.” Of course, we can read warning labels. But, if your cat or dog chews on a Dieffenbachia, they may experience oral irritation, intense burning of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing and even vomiting. We certainly want to avoid the chance of this happening to our furry friend.

To put your mind at ease, we’ve assembled a list of the Top 10 pet friendly plants. These are absolutely safe, and make an absolutely beautiful addition to your indoor spaces or outdoor garden.

The plants in this diverse list range from tropical palms to vibrantly colored foliage. Even if your cat or dog gets a bit curious with these plants, a little bite won’t harm them. (Of course, eating an entire plant – no matter if it is non-toxic – is not recommended.) When you first introduce a new plant into your home, you may want to leave a new variety of pet toys out for your dog or cat. This might dissuade them from thinking of your new plant as a toy or plaything.

Bringing greenery into your home is incredibly beneficial. Plants purify the air, boost your mood, and work towards creating a warm, calm environment for you and your pet.

For an official list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants to cats or dogs courtesy of the ASPCA, please click the appropriate selection below:

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