Adding a splash of fresh greenery always creates a finishing touch to home decor and while living houseplants can help cleanse and purify your air, there are several species of flora that are not plants safe for pets. In fact, there are several, common-day indoor houseplants that are not safe for pets and that can cause very serious - even fatal! - health issues to your beloved dog or cat. And while some may just cause a little bit of irritation, some poisonous plants can cause kidney failure and even claim the life of your BFF (Best faux friend). Because it’s always best to err on the careful side of precaution, why not just substitute those hazards and potentially toxic threats from your four-legged friend with a pet friendly plant but artificial ! Not only will you eliminate the threat of intoxication, but you’ll be able to showcase Mother Nature’s charm without fear of her perilous beauty.
Purr your pet knowledge to the test! Do you know which plants are harmful towards pets? While you might have a general idea on cat safe plants and dog safe plants, it might be hard to remember all of them, hint, there’s many. As a precaution, we recommend printing the list below, before you start shopping around for new décor, not only are these plants toxic to animals, but they might cause allergies for humans. Some of our customers, developed allergies to common houseplants and transitioned to #teamfaux because of this.
We believe everyone should be able to enjoy greenery in every capacity, faux-real. Including our four-legged friends. Luckily, by transitioning to artificial greenery, you can enjoy pet-friendly plants of all sizes, styles, and prices without the constant fear of worry.
The following plants are the most toxic to house pets and should never be available to them:
- Castor bean or castor oil plant
- Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia); replace with a fake artificial version here!
- English Ivy (leaves + berries!); replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Yuletide plants like mistletoe, rosemary, and holly; replace with a fake artificial version here and here!
- Thorn apple or jimsonweed
- Any kind of mushroom
- Amaryllis; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Autumn crocus
- Bleeding heart
- Chrysanthemum; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Hydrangeas; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Flower bulbs of any kind
- Iris (Gladiola); replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Jerusalem cherry
- Larkspur (Delphinium); replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Lily of the Valley
- Peace Lily, Peace Lily, Stargazing, Spathiphyllum and all other lilies; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Pothos; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Schefflera; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Stinging nettles
- Tulip/Narcissus bulbs; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Virginia creeper or other foliage in the grape leaf family; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Boxwood; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Sago Palm; replace with a fake artificial version here!
- Wisteria; replace with a fake artificial version here!
As you can see, there’s a lot to keep an eye out during your next home décor shopping trip. Thankfully, many of these toxic plants for pets have a non toxic plant alternative, safe for pets.
Once you have picked out your faux cat safe plant, consider a cat safe hanging plants planter to house your new selection. Macrame is a style of knitting that is very durable and high-quality. Not to mention, very trendy on social media among influencers and leading interior decorators. You can be both stylish and a good pet parent by incorporating pet-safe trendy pieces in your home décor.
Holiday plants safe for pets
We haven’t even started talking about toxic holiday plants. While decorating for the holidays is fun, remember to consider the safety of your family first. The good thing about all our items is that they’re all Christmas plants safe for cats.
With the winter festivities in full swing, there’s no doubt that your home is dressed to the nines, showcasing seasonal cheer throughout; and while decorative garlands and festive wreaths are a must-have, so are the iconic winter flowers and plants that go hand-in-hand with the winter season. Nevertheless, although you might want to go all out with the seasonal favorites (think poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe!), several of these winter favorites can pose a threat to the furriest members of your family. Naturally, because Fido and Fluffy are usually curious members of the family, it's best to keep them out of harm’s way of these common winter plants.
That’s why we recommend substituting these harmful threats with an pet friendly faux plants! Not only will a faux reproduction provide you with faux-ever lasting beauty that won’t wilt or discolor after a few days, but you can easily display it through the entire winter season without any sort of maintenance. Best part, when the holidays are over, you can effortlessly pack it up and safely store it with the rest of your holiday accents until the following year! To better help you prepare for the holidays, today we’re sharing just a few of the winter holiday plants dangerous to your pets and how you can eliminate the threats they post with an artificial plant that is undoubtedly just as beautiful and twice as safe!
The poinsettia is a poisonous plant to animals that can cause vomiting, drooling, or possibly even diarrhea if consumed, creating discomfort and can be life threating to older pets. Considered only mildly toxic to cats and dogs, its milky sap can pose dermal irritation to the skin like redness, swelling, and itchiness. While medical treatment isn’t necessarily required (unless a serious amount has been consumed), there is no antidote for poinsettia poisoning. That being said, while the dangers this iconic red flower might not be seriously fatal, we still recommend substituting this fiery red hued with a more faux-giving disposition: with an artificial poinsettia arrangement!
Mistletoe and Holly
Considered only moderately toxic, mistletoe and holly plants contain a higher level of toxicity than that of the poinsettia. Leaves and berries (living and even dried) should always be kept out of a pet's reach (preferably even home!) for if congested they can showcase symptoms of intestinal problems, a rapid drop in blood pressure, lack of breathing, and even hallucinations. If an obsessive amount is consumed, seizures and even death may follow. For that reason, it’s best to eliminate these two seasonal favorites and swap them for pet-friendly faux plants alternatives such as an artificial holly reproduction that will undoubtedly outlast your holidays.
Although often overlooked as a household threat to your furry friends, evergreen Christmas trees are mildly toxic; the oils and saps found within fir trees can seriously aggravate the inside of a pet’s mouth and stomach, bringing on excessive drooling and vomiting. Even the pine needles of a Christmas tree, although not easily digested, can induce serious gastrointestinal problems and irritation. Course, as noted, it all depends on the amount consumed and while Spot might not chow down on the entire tree, it's smart to be aware of the risk. Just another benefit as to why you should opt for an artificial Christmas tree throughout the holiday season. Our artificial Christmas trees are a pet friendlier choice for the holidays.
Lilies and Daffodils
Plant bulb kits are a common go-to holiday gift and most contain flowers like lilies, narcissus, and daffodils – that are not houseplants safe for pets. While the bulb is the most toxic part of these pleasing plants, even a solitary bite from the flowers can cause kidney failure and even death in your beloved kitty. Although very beautiful and very festive, we recommend switching out these threatening beauties with an indoor plants pet friendly, artificial arrangement that will never pose a threat to your four legged friends.
The beauty of this seasonal favorite lies beneath its threatening petals as it is also not considered a cat safe plant or pet friendly plant. Containing lycorine and other noxious substances, amaryllis can induce salivation, gastrointestinal abnormalities, and even severe lethargy and tremors across both cats and dogs. With that note, it’s best you showcase a pet friendly artificial version of this poisonous beauty and eliminate any possible threat that could come to your beloved pet.
If you're interested in switching out your harmful, living greenery, browse through our edited collection of fake plants, flowers, and trees that will undoubtedly get your pet's seal of approval.