Are monstera plants toxic to pets? What to know if you have both under your roof

Are monstera plants toxic to pets, or can they coexist in the same space? We asked plant experts to sound off

Person in a denim long-sleeved shirt watering monstera plants indoors
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If you house fur babies and green babies, you might ask, "Are monstera plants toxic to pets?" There are certainly important factors to take into consideration before you decide to keep both under one roof.  

While, of course, there are plenty of benefits to having greenery throughout the house, some particular plants can prove problematic when furry friends are in tow — especially said furry friends who are prone to nibbling. That's why we're here to assist with expert-backed advice about keeping things copasetic in your space. 

When searching for indoor houseplants to add to your growing collection, here's what to know about monstera plants. 

Are monstera plants toxic to pets?

Monstera plant indoors on a plant stand in front of a plain white wall with the sun coming in

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We hate to break it to you, but for those asking "Are monstera plants toxic to pets," the answer is yes. One of the best tropical indoor plants might purify the air and give you a taste of island life, but a literal taste is problematic for cats, dogs, and even humans. Ingesting a monstera plant can cause gastrointestinal issues and oral swelling and irritation because of its insoluble calcium oxalates. 

If this becomes an issue in your household, you should immediately seek veterinary assistance and/or contact poison control. It might sway your decisions when gardening in an apartment, but we feel it's better to be safe than sorry. 

What to shop instead

While you can place monstera plants on high shelves, in cute hanging planters, or in a pet-free room, we'd recommend forgoing the plant entirely and opting for alternatives. There are plenty of pet-friendly houseplants that make a statement and have their benefits. 

"For pet owners looking for safe alternatives that don’t compromise on aesthetic value, the spider plant, banana tree, and areca palm are excellent choices," says Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal

He adds, "The spider plant is known for its ease of care and ability to purify the air, making it a worry-free addition to any pet owner’s home. The banana tree offers a dramatic tropical look without the toxicity, adding a bold statement to your indoor space. The areca palm, with its soft, feathery fronds, brings elegance and is completely safe for pets."

Gene Caballero
Gene Caballero

Gene Caballero is co-founder of Green Pal, a platform connecting customers to lawn care experts in their area throughout the United States. With such diverse areas to cover, Gene is well-versed in specific greenery needs for various environments. 

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Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.