List of Safe Succulents to Pets

You probably already guessed that I really love succulents. But did you know that I also have three cats and I love them to pieces? Your health and well-being mean everything to me. So, let’s look at some important questions, how are succulents toxic to pets? Why are some plants harmful? How to know what harmful plants are? My goal is to give you strategies to ensure that your pets and plants live together safely. I ended up providing a list of harmful succulents as well as a list of pet-safe succulents with pictures!

  • Are succulents harmful?
  • What is wrong with harmful plants?

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Many of the plants and succulents we love for our garden have developed strategies to protect themselves from hungry herbivores. Since plants cannot run away, they need other ways to keep animals from eating them. Some develop thorns and sharp spines, others have a terrible taste, and some are downright harmful. The plant is not eaten, they advertise its toxicity by smell. You or I would never notice the warning scent, but deer and rabbits and other animals certainly do! Only (very) few harmful plants common to gardens are lily of the valley, azaleas, daffodils, hydrangeas, daylilies and potatoes.

Grace Nelson’s beautiful calico Yoko reviews an aloe vera in the photo above. Fortunately, she knows better than to nibble, because aloe is harmful for both cats and dogs. Cats are still so close to their wild nature that those who spend some time outdoors still retain their instinct to avoid plants that are harmful to them. My cats show no interest at all in harmful plants in my garden. Some cats that live only indoors no longer listen to this instinct and may nibble on plants that harm them. Either skip these harmful plants or keep them out of reach. Most domesticated dogs do not pay attention to the smell of a harmful plant, so they should be protected from chewing plants that can be harmful to them.

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So, are succulent harmful?

Are succulent harmful? Fortunately for animal lovers, many succulents are not toxic to pets. If you chew on it, there are many excellent options for non-toxic plants. Coco loves her luscious too, but I’m sure her furry friends (10 gorgeous cats and a very cool bunny) come first! In her photo above, the beautiful picorette seems to be thinking about mischief, but she does not try the plants. Even so, Coco is careful not to have harmful succulents in her home or garden, just to be on the safe side. She creates a colorful display with her echeveria, sedum and aeonium, without involving harmful plants.

If you are studying the toxicity of the plants you plan to include in your home with your pet, please check the scientific name of the plant. It’s just not good enough to just use the common name. Are Donkey Tail Succulents safe for your pet? Well, that depends. If you mean Sedum morganianum, then yes! But the Euphorbia Myrsinite, also called donkey large, is highly toxic! A widely respected home blog correctly listed the pearl plant (Haworthia pumila) as safe for pets. For over a year, however, the image they showed with the name was for the pearl necklace or the highly venomous Senecio rowleyanus. Pearl plant / Pearl necklace – It’s a simple mistake with potentially tragic consequences. Scientific names can be long and cumbersome. But only with them you can be sure of which plant you are talking about.

You should check Coco MG’s gorgeous Instagram feed for more shots of her luscious and fabulous furry friends. Thank you, Coco, for using this photo!

Mui Lay’s gorgeous young hero watches over her juicy collection and knows not to taste it. For less well-behaved furry friends, this list of succulent harmful plants is not exhaustive. Please do not assume that a plant not listed here is safe — this is not the matter. According to this understanding, the following succulents are harmful to pets: agave, aloe, crassula, euphorbia, Kalanchoe, opuntia, portulaca, sansevieria, schlumbergera (harmful to dogs), senecio and yucca.

It is important to understand that just because a plant is listed as harmful does not mean that the succulent will harm your animal. As mentioned above, cats who spend some time outdoors avoid eating harmful plants. Many pets are not interested in eating succulents (digging, jumping and rearranging – these are different questions, but the plants will not harm them!) And most of the succulents listed as harmful cause real harm only when ingested in large quantities. Nevertheless, it is better to be careful and be the most informed!

Thank you, Mui Lay, for using this beautiful photo! Check out Succulent Infatuation, Mui Lay’s Facebook group dedicated to succulent enthusiasts!

How pets and plants can coexist safely

Although natural carnivores, cats and dogs love to eat grass and sometimes nibble other plants when grass is not available. It is not entirely clear why pets eat grass. Certainly it smells and tastes of nature, nature, wilderness. This is especially exciting for pets trapped indoors. There are important nutrients such as folic acid and natural roughage in the grass that helps with digestion. Animals eat grass to relieve stomach upset or constipation. An excellent way to keep your pets from enjoying your succulents, whether they are harmful plants or not, is to grow your own pet grass. This is a safe, fast sprouting set of seeds that grow quickly to deliver the scents and tastes and nutrients your pet craves. Providing a safe source of plant material to eat can help prevent your pets from snacking on your houseplants.

Work with your pets to keep them from eating your succulents or harmful plants. Watch them carefully and deliver a firm “No!”just as they are preparing to bite the plant. If necessary, spray your plants with Bitter Apple, a non-toxic, plant-safe repellent spray that you won’t smell, but your pets will! Most importantly, make sure your pets get the exercise, play, and attention they need to be happy and healthy. Even if your nutritional needs are fully met, a bored animal will eat your plants just for fun. But even after a day of exercise, good nutrition and play, sometimes a cat just wants to sleep between its succulent! Now be honest, did you never want to sleep with your arms around your favorite plants? Juicy dreams!

I’ve been referring to pet-safe succulents and those that are harmful plants. But I mean really safe and/or toxic to cats and dogs. The vast majority of available data is limited to succulents that are toxic to cats and / or dogs. Each species of animals kept as pets has its own unique biochemistry. Some may not have problems with plants that are harmful to dogs, while a plant that is safe for cats may be a problem for your gerbil, turtle, goat, horse, ferret, or bird. Hedgehogs, as it happens, are very resistant to many plant harmful, but my research did not cover them. So please, do your own research for all these wonderful animals, and be safe!

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