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5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
1 month ago

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. This month, we’re talking about five houseplants that are safe if your pet does get into them. Read on to learn more about five plants that won’t harm your cat or dog.

Boston Fern 5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

Boston Ferns are perfectly safe if your dog or cat ingests part of a frond. Also called the sword fern, this plant can grow to be very large (almost five feet!) and might look tempting to a curious animal. Luckily, this type of fern will not harm your pet if consumed. 

African Violet 5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

The African Violet, also called the Cape Marigold, is not toxic to cats or dogs6. While many cats enjoy chewing on this colorful and pretty houseplant, no part of the African Violet will harm your pet. Even better, African Violets are fairly easy to care for and grow. Just make sure you don’t use any type of fertilizer that could potentially be toxic

Basil 5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

Want to grow some herbs? Stick to basil. While most herbs are toxic to cats and dogs, basil is one of the few plants that are safe7. Ingesting basil in any form — fresh, cooked, ground up — should not harm your pet. In fact, cats love the smell of basil, so you might notice your feline sniffing, licking, or rubbing against the plant. 

Banana Plant 5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

You might notice that your dog or cat is interested in your banana plant. Banana plants have a stem that’s full of water. The plant itself is 93% water. So a thirsty dog or cat might find its way to your banana plant and lick all around the stem. The good news, if your pet does this, is it won’t harm your pet. Banana plants are not toxic to animals8

Parlor Palm 5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

Parlor Palms are a type of indoor palm with long, spiky green leaves. This plant is safe if dogs or cats take a bite. And if you don’t want nibbles on the end of the leaves, it’s easy to protect your Parlor Palm from your pet: Since this plant only grows a maximum of three feet high, it’s a good fit to set on a tabletop or another point of display that’s out of reach.

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1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.  

6ASPCA: African Violet 

7The Strategist: The best cat- and dog-safe plants, according to experts. 

8Hunker: Are banana plants toxic?

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