Easy to Care for Pet-friendly Houseplants

Whether you’re a novice plant person or self-described brown-thumb just looking for a great houseplant that’s hard to kill, this is a list for you. These are some of our favourite houseplants that will look great in your home and are super easy to care for.

African Violets

Air Plants

Boston Fern



(Hens & Chicks)

Money Tree Leaves

Money Tree

Palms (most)

Such as Areca Palm, Parlour Palm, Ponytail Palm, and Lady Fingers Palm.

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Polka Dot Plant

Prayer Plant (Calathea)

Spider Plant

Swedish Ivy

Inch Plant

More Pet-friendly Houseplants

There’s plenty more plants that are OK to have in the house with your furry friend. Here are just a few other plants that are sometimes found inside that won’t harm your cat or dog.

Aluminum Plant

Areca Plam


Burro's Tail

Cast Iron Plant

Christmas Cactus

Ferns (most)


Lipstick Plant

Majesty Palm


Popular Houseplants to Avoid if You Have Pets

Sadly, some of our absolute favourite houseplants aren’t friendly for our pets. Here’s a list of just a few that should be avoided if your pet loves to chew on your plants. It’s not an exhaustive list, so you can find the SPCA’s complete list of plants not safe for dogs here and their cat list here.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Flamingo Flower (Anthurium)
  • Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
  • Corn Plant (Dracaena Massangeana)
  • Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)
  • Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)
  • Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Jade (Crassula ovata)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Philodendron
  • Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
  • Umbrella Plant (Schefflera)
  • ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)

There’s also a few plants we bring in the house over the winter that are toxic to pets. They include,

  • Asparagus Fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)
  • Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Elephant Ear (Alocasia, Caladium)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)