If recent years haven’t been an indication that spending time at home with a pet is one of the best therapies you can get, then perhaps a pet and a plant will convince you. With the popularity of working from home on the horizon, many people have taken to reinventing their home space to an office and doing what they can to make it as enjoyable an experience as possible.

With this in mind, many people have decided to adopt a pet for themselves for those long monotonous days of work and sometimes to cure their boredom too. Having a pet has so many advantages that it needs its article, however, we touch on some of the best ones below, as well as give you some options of keeping plants that are safe for them, if you are worried about it.

A Few Reasons to Adopt A Pet

Pets (especially Dogs) Keep You Fit and Active

If ever there was an excuse to go outside and run around with a ball, it should be that your dog needs it! Having a pet, especially a pooch, will get you off the couch or work desk, and encourage you to go outside and enjoy some fresh air, as well as move your body.

Pets need daily walks, and activities to keep them going, just as much as we do. If you don’t take them out, their pent-up energy will be released in other ways which you may not like very much. They keep us fit, simple.

Help with High-Stress Levels

Working can be a stressful endeavor, and what better way to lower your stress levels than to enjoy some time with your pup? Many people suffer from anxiety due to the modern-day lifestyle and demands of the workplace. Having either a dog or a cat, or even a hamster or rabbit, can help us to relax.

Did you know, that just the simple act of stroking your cat can help relax you and calm your sense? It can lower your blood pressure, and melt away any worries. Some studies have shown that pet owners, compared to those who don’t have any, have much lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, if you don’t believe us this article will give you more information: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/having-a-dog-can-help-your-heart–literally

Other Known Benefits of Keeping Pets

  • They can aid your children from developing certain allergies
  • They can sense when people are sick and give you an indication of it sooner rather than it’s too late
  • They can make you feel safe – especially dogs
  • They are successfully used to help children with learning disabilities such as autism
  • They are great companions so you never feel lonely
  • When you raise children and pets together they can teach them about responsibility
  • Pet owners often make friends with other dog owners much easily
  • They can help strengthen your immune system

So, the perfect combination for most would be to keep animals and plants in the same home. However, the question is, which plants can you keep that will be safe for your four-legged creatures? We have picked a few of our favorite ones.

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Non-toxic Plants That Are Safe for Our Pets

You could decide to get all of the below or just a few of them, and if you are lucky, some of the well-known plant delivery services are offering discounted prices on their plants so you can be sure to take advantage of this when it comes a time or place your order. This Planted Pot page, for example, has an abundance of information on this and can be done in a few quick and easy steps.

Rattlesnake Plant

If you live in a home that does not get too much sunlight, this plant would be a great addition to it. Its leaves are also purple, so that helps to add color to your room. Plus, these are safe for dogs and cats.

Spider Plant

What’s great about this one is that you can hang it from your ceiling so the dogs or cats can’t get to it. Besides that, it is a safe plant to have around them and also has the added benefit of getting rid of toxins in indoor air and keeping everyone breathing nicely.

Calathea Orbifolia

Ever seen a plant that has a beautiful pattern on its leaves? Well, you are in for a treat with this one as they do and they look exquisite. Their lush green leaves are broad and wide and have a simplistic leaf design on each one guaranteed to add some beauty to your house. A simple, yet lovely option for any home.

African Violet

Buy a few and place these guys on an open shelf in your lounge or home office and call it a day! They come in a variety of flowering plants and once they have blossomed, they can add some exciting ranges of colors to your home.

These don’t need too much sunlight and can be kept in indirect sunlight and watered once a week. It is advisable to keep all plants away from a direct draft like an open window or an air conditioner or vent.

As with all plants water them regularly, and get them some sunlight but not too much, and don’t forget your fertilizer. Having both these items – dogs or cats, and plants, in any home is something everyone should do. It will be great for everyone’s mind and body.



I'm Steve Prescot, an Interior Designer living in Kansas. I am a fan of DIY, home design, gardening and anything related to home interiors and exteriors. I'm also interested in crafts and Home Improvement projects. I have been in the home design industry for more than 17 years. I love decorating and transforming spaces so that people living in them are happy and pleased with their space. Have a look around and I hope you'll like the content and ideas in this website!!

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