5 Toxic Plants That Pet Owners Should Avoid When Renting

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Pet owners should look out for these toxic plants and keep them from their dogs and cats.

House plants are an easy way to add some greenery to your apartment and can even improve air quality! However, if you are a pet owner in our pet-friendly community, there are some additional considerations that you should make when choosing your house plants. What are some of the toxic plants that you should avoid owning when renting?


Aloe is a popular plant when renting, as it purifies the air and can provide you with relief from sunburns or kitchen burns. However, it’s toxic for both cats and dogs. Aloe contains large amounts of anthraquinones and saponins that can lead to lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting in pets. 


The flowers of the amaryllis are lovely to enjoy and look at, but you should avoid them when renting if you have a cat or dog. These plants contain lycorine, which is a compound that is toxic to many animals. If your pet ingests the flower or other parts of the plant, it could experience tremors, vomiting, or diarrhea. 

Bird of Paradise

One of the most popular plants for renting is the bird of paradise. While they provide you with a gorgeous pop of color in your apartment, the plant’s fruit and seeds can make your cat or dog sick. The most common symptoms of ingestion are drowsiness and vomiting. 

Chinese Evergreen

This striking house plant is available in a broad range of colors, including the popular pink and green combination. When you are renting, you should take care to avoid owning this plant if you have cats or dogs. These plants have calcium oxalates that will not dissolve in the stomach. As a result, it can lead to nausea, oral irritation, and vomiting. 


Jade plants are striking and timeless and have been popular for many decades. However, they are also toxic. Ingesting jade plants can lead cats and dogs to experience motor challenges, vomiting, and depression. 

Pet-Friendly House Plants

Now that we’ve reviewed some of the plants to avoid, it’s time to look at some pet-friendly options that are a great choice: 

  • Rattlesnake plants 
  • Spider plants
  • Parlor palms
  • Boston ferns
  • African violets
  • Venus flytraps
  • Watermelon peperomias
  • Baby tears
  • Friendship plants
  • Date palms
  • Most herbs

The Apartments Of Wildewood Have A Friendly Community That’s Waiting To Welcome You!

At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment or townhouse rental from The Apartments of Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website at www.apartmentsofwildewood.com.

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