I’m sure we’re all familiar with the mischief our beloved pets can sometimes get into, especially when it comes to our cherished plants.
Trust me, I know!
I remember the time my Border Collie Lincoln chopped our plant in half with his teeth.
We even have a photo of the culprit in action!
But have you ever wondered if this playful curiosity is always harmless?
I’m going to dive into how to keep a balance between a lush green environment in your house that can keep your air clean and improve your mood, while ensuring the safety of your beloved furry friend, and the safety of your plant for that matter!
1. Pet-friendly plants:
It’s important to consider pet-friendly plant options which are non-toxic and safe for your furry friends to be around. Examples to green your home can include Aeschynanthus (lipstick vines), bromeliads, calathea and maranta (peacock plant, prayer plant), spider plants, pilea and peperomia and fittonia (snakeskin or nerve plant). Most ferns, palms and orchids are fine for your pups too.
2. Elevated and hanging gardens:
By utilising the vertical space in your house, you can create an indoor garden that is out of reach for your curious pet. You could even install wall-mounted planters or hanging baskets to keep your plants safely away from your fur baby.
3. Pot and soil selection:
Opt for a sturdy, heavy pot that is less likely to be knocked over by your pet. By using well-draining soil, you can also prevent waterlogging and potential harm that can be caused to both your plants and pets.
4. Chew toys:
By offering chew toys or natural alternatives you can redirect your dogs from chewing on your beloved plants.
5. Placement and accessibility:
By strategically placing plants in areas that are less accessible to pets, e.g., a high shelf or a dedicated plant stand, you can keep them away from pets. You can also consider using barriers like baby gates or decorative fencing that can create a designated furry-friend-free zone for delicate plants.
6. Training your pet:
By training your furry friend to respect the boundaries and discouraging them from approaching or damaging plants you can keep your pets safe and free from your precious plants. It is also important to redirect their attention and provide alternative sources of stimulation.
So, why should you implement all of these?
Creating a pet-friendly plant haven is a rewarding endeavour that allows you to strike a balance between your love for plants and the safety of your pets.
By selecting non-toxic and pet-friendly plant varieties, implementing smart design choices, and being mindful of potential risks, you can cultivate a harmonious environment where both your plants and pets can flourish.
Pet-proofing your spaces, providing alternative outlets for their curiosity, and staying vigilant about potential hazards are essential steps to ensure a pet-safe paradise. Building a collection of pet-friendly plants enhances the aesthetics of your living spaces and contributes to your pets' well-being by offering environmental enrichment and cleaner air.