Whether they are flowery or simply green, houseplants bring a certain beauty and vibrancy to your home.  Growing plants can be a wonderful hobby, and displaying them in your various rooms can make you feel great.

Having plants in your house is wonderful, but combining those green and floral beings with pets can sometimes be problematic.  If you want your pets and plants to coexist peacefully, you will want to follow some basic ground rules.  Here are eight tips for keeping your furry friends protected and your houseplants safe from harm.

Know which plants are toxic.

If you have cats and dogs, it is important to know which plants are toxic.  Some of the most common houseplants and flowers, including azaleas, lilies and daffodils, can be poisonous to your pets, so think twice before growing any of those potentially toxic species.

Keep your plants out of reach if you can.

This one may not work with cats, who are amazing jumpers, but it is practical advice for homes with dogs.  Simply keeping your houseplants out of reach can protect them from your dogs and the damage they could do.

Provide cat-friendly alternatives to prevent chewing.

Cats love to chew on plants, and the attention they provide could damage the delicate leaves and cause other types of damage.  To avoid this common problem, try providing cat-friendly alternatives, like a pot of fresh catnip or cat grass.

Consider using flower pots that are harder to break.

If your cats are jumping on the furniture and your dog is dragging its tail around the room, putting your plants in expensive porcelain pots may not be the best idea.  If you want to protect your pets and your plants, consider using plastic or other sturdy materials instead.

Use chemical barriers to keep curious pets at bay.

Some natural substances, like coffee grounds, orange peels and mint can serve as natural chemical barriers for your houseplants.  In addition the coffee grounds can enrich the soil and the mint and orange will give your home a pleasant aroma.

Clean up fallen leaves right away.

Cats and dogs love to explore, and a fallen leaf could be all it takes to get their attention.  Removing those fallen leaves right away will make your plants less enticing and help keep them protected.

Display dried flowers and arrangements in glass cases.

Keeping your dried flowers and preserved flower arrangements in glass cases is a stylish way to display them, and a great way to keep them safe from curious pets.

Keep your pets busy and entertained.

A bored pet can be a problematic pet.  When left to their own devices the natural curiosity of your cat or dog is likely to take over.  Providing safe stimulation in the form of toys, treats and puzzles is a great way to burn off that excess energy.


With the right preparation pets and plants can safely coexist, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature in your home without putting anyone at risk. The eight tips listed above can help you protect your pets and your plants, so you can enjoy both without undue worry.