Despite living in land scarce Singapore, we have access to lush greenery all around. In fact, bringing the outdoors into your living area is said to have many soul soothing benefits. However, when it comes to sharing our living space with our furkids, extra precautions have to be taken to ensure that these shrubs are safe for them. Planning your choice of flora is important, especially when your critters are allowed free reign of your home.

Is it poisonous?

We all have our own preferred shrubs and fauna to decorate our homes, but some are not suitable especially if Fido or Kitty feel the need to nibble at everything in sight. Many common plants such as begonia, morning glory and aloe vera are toxic when ingested and should not be included in your home, or at least within the living vicinity of your pets. Even if the flora chosen is safe for your furkids, plant food and fertilisers can be toxic as well. Some poisons might trigger immediate reactions while others can take days for symptoms to show. Extreme cases include internal organ failure and gastrointestinal problems.

If you suspect that your furry pal has ingested   poisonous plant, remove any remnants from the mouth and if possible, rinse it out with water. Ensure that your pet is conscious and not vomiting while this is done. Head to the nearest clinic if your furkid starts to vomit, salivate excessively, or display neurological signs like seizures or paralysis. Bring along the plant has been ingested as this will aid in the identification of the plant and its potential toxins."

Five plants your furkid will approve of:

African violet

This easygoing houseplant does not require direct sunlight. It grows well in Singapore's climate, especially so from October to February. This pretty flower is ideal for owners looking to add some colours to their home decor.

Bamboo Palm

This popular evergreen can grow up to two meters and develop into a huge thicket after a few years. Relatively easy to maintain, this hardy plant prefers indirect sunlight and only needs moist, loamy soil to thrive.

Banana Plant

Entirely non-toxic to both cats and dogs, it is a large flowering plant that produces delicious fruit and a sweet aroma when in bloom. Today, they come in smaller varieties, making this suitable for indoor display.

Button fern

Originating from New Zealand, this evergreen grows well indoors. It requires bright, indirect sunlight and constant room temperature. It is a relatively small plant and will grow up to only 30cm.

Kentia Palm

A palm originating from Australia, this species is popular as an indoor plant and requires little sunlight (direct exposure and too much water tends to make the tips of its leaves turn brown). They grow slower indoors and only need to be fertilised once a year. 

 

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