Our Number One Question in the Shop: What Plants Are Non-Toxic and Safe to Be Around My Pets or Children?
Adding greenery to your home can improve your air quality and mood, but it's important to make sure your furry friends are safe.
The toxicity of plants can vary depending on the type of plant, the part of the plant that is ingested, and the amount of the plant that is ingested. Some plants are only mildly toxic, while others can be fatal. In general, it is best to avoid contact with any plant that you are not familiar with. If you think that your pet may have ingested a toxic plant, it is important to seek veterinary attention immediately.
Here are some of the most common reasons why plants are toxic:
- Defense mechanism
- Plants produce toxins to protect themselves from predators, insects, or microorganisms.
- These toxins can make the plant taste bad, smell bad, or even be poisonous.
- Environmental stress
- Plants may produce toxins to cope with environmental stressors, such as drought or extreme temperatures.
- These toxins can help the plant to survive in harsh conditions.
- Attracting pollinators
- Some plants produce toxins to attract pollinators.
- These toxins can make the plant more attractive to bees, butterflies, and other insects.
- Seed dispersal
- Some plants produce toxins to disperse their seeds.
- These toxins can make the seeds more likely to be eaten by animals, which will then spread the seeds to new locations.
Here are some common non-toxic plants that are safe for cats and dogs: