We get asked the question  “Which plants are safe for my pets?”  a lot by you guys so thought we’d write a little blog to keep you all updated! Did you know we are a nation of animal lovers? A huge 49% of us own a pet.  It’s certainly clear to us that you adore your kitties & pooches, and being an office full of pet owners, we wanted to pass on everything we know about plants that are safe for pets. We had the most fun photoshoot recently with lots of greenery, a gorgeous home and Fleur the Pug.  She wooed even the non-dog lovers amongst us! Maybe you’ve seen her on our insta?! 

So does your pet nibble everything from slippers and shoes to your latest on-trend greenery, or do they ignore all your latest plant additions? Either way, our guide is here to help you know your toxic from your non-toxic plants to ensure you can keep your four legged friends safe.

Toxic Plants for Animals

There is a pretty long list of the plants that are toxic, so we have added some helpful links at the bottom of this post. Essentially, we would recommend you steer clear of Lilies, Asparagus Ferns, Aloe Vera, Hydrangeas and Bulbs. All of these are sadly known to make our pets poorly.

Non-Toxic Plants for Animals

Luckily, most succulents are safe for pets and there are so many varieties in the succulent family that are non-toxic to dogs and cats. We also find that pets seem less interested when a new succulent turns up in their home, perhaps it’s the fact they are smaller and firmer, therefore harder to bite! 

Our Haworthias are first on the safe for pets list.  These come in two sizes so they work nicely when grouped together in a plant gang or plant shelfie! The Haworthia Big Band is an office favourite at The Little Botanical with its stunning, distinctive stripy leaves. The Mini Haworthia makes the cutest little gift and is a great choice for newbie plant owners!

If you are looking for a pet-safe option of a leafy, green houseplant, then try our Calathea or Chamaedorea. These 2 well-known green plants are non-toxic for your furry friends and are easy to look after too. Get into the routine of watering them once a week and they will grow beautifully. 

Do you have a friend that’s a “crazy cat lady” and is looking for something flowering and safe for kitty? Our British grown orchids are pet-friendly and look fabulous when in bloom.

We really hope this short guide has helped point you in the right direction for plants that are safe for your four-legged companion, but please drop us email if we can help with anything else – just email us at hello@thelittlebotanical.com.  We would generally always advise you to keep your pets away from your plants for their own safety.  Put them out of their reach to help keep your plants looking beautiful and your pets happy!

There are also some wonderful sources on the internet that we highly recommend if there are any plants you absolutely love and want to check if they are toxic or non-toxic to pets.  We’d also recommend that if you don’t know, always check first!  

Finally, we couldn’t leave you without showing you the full photo of our favourite pug, Fleur! Here she is modelling a new addition to the plant family at The Little Botanical. Launching in the Spring, the Boston Fern is a great plant for your bathroom or kitchen and is safe for pets too!  Follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when our new range launches. 

See you soon,

Team TLB and Fleur the Pug (Woof)