5 Pet Friendly Plants & 5 That are Toxic

If you have a pet at home, you surely know that they tend to nibble on the leaves of plants, especially when they are puppies. We tell you which plants coexist perfectly with your pet and which ones can be harmful to their health.

Safe Plants

1. FERN

Perfect for hanging prefers indirect light. It must be watered frequently but with little water. Its ideal temperature is 18ºC. The fern is a very decorative plant that we love and that will not cause any type of harm to your pet.

2. CACTUS AND SUCCULENTS

Cactus and succulents are other perfect choices when looking for non-toxic plants for pets. Decorate your house with cactus, so easy to care for that you can enjoy nature at home without worrying about the health of your pet.

3. CALATEA

Having a calatea will help you keep the environment clean and will add a decorative plus to the place where you place it. Also known as the prayer plant, you can breathe calmly because it does not pose any risk to the health of your pet.

4. TRICOLOR MARANTA

Also known as a prayer plant, the maranta leuconeura (that is its scientific name) has leaves with unique patterns. If you like this easy-care indoor plant and you have a pet, you can decorate any corner of the house without having to worry about your pet’s health.

5. HEADBAND

Surely your grandmother had a hanging flowerpot with a ribbon, also known as malamadre or love bow. This grateful hanging plant can coexist perfectly with any domestic animal since it will not cause any discomfort if it is chewed or swallowed. The tape needs light, but without exposing it to direct sun and its watering should be more moderate in winter (once a week) than in summer (2 or 3 times).

Toxic Plants

1. FICUS LYRATA

The trends in decoration have made the ficus lyrata a must in any corner of the house. However, its intake causes nausea and / or diarrhea (either in dogs or cats).

2. DELICIOUS MONSTERA

On a decorative level, this plant with sculptural leaves and also known as Adam’s rib is perfect. But beware! It can be really dangerous for your pet (cats and dogs). Only by chewing any part of this plant can they have a burning mouth, acute pain, excessive salivation, and edema or swelling of the tongue and pharynx with difficulty in breathing. If ingestion occurs, the symptoms can be aggravated, causing, in extreme cases, the death of your pet.

3. IVY

Ivy is one of the creepers that usually beautify the facades of houses with its green mantle, although it can also decorate the interior of our houses. However, it is very toxic to dogs and cats, especially its fruits. Direct contact with ivy can cause dermatitis with irritations and skin eruptions due to the hairs that cover the plant and the juice inside. If ingested it is even worse as it causes gastrointestinal disorders, fever, decreased heart rate, muscle spasms, or even coma. What’s more, your pet can die from asphyxia with respiratory arrest.

4. POINSETTIA OR POINSETTIA

It is one of the quintessential Christmas symbols. However, if you have a dog, make sure he does not nibble on any of its leaves as they could cause digestive problems.

5. ALOE VERA

With the healing and medicinal properties that this plant has for humans and instead seriously harms our pets. And is that aloe vera is very toxic for both cats and dogs.

 

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