10 Indoor Planters for Every Animal Lover

As much as I love plants, I also love a good planter. I love planters shaped as animals even more. I love an animal-shaped planter filled with a plant the most. To achieve this highest love, I collected ten of the cutest planters available right now that are perfect for an animal-plant-loving home.

Ceramic Chubby Cat Planter from Burruntando on Etsy, $28.

I would buy this based on the title alone – who doesn’t need need a chubby cat planter? Currently I have two actual chubber cats, but they aren’t tolerant of me putting plants on their backs. Buy this adorableness from Etsy.

Deer Head Planter from brooklynglobal on Etsy, $23.

Despite being vegetarian, I like taxidermy. I like faux taxidermy even more and have a few “deer” antlers around my house. This planter completes my desire to have a taxidermy planter hybrid on my wall. Buy this and other animals on Etsy.

Ceramic Turtle Planter from West Elm, $20

Since I have two hedgehogs, I quickly bought West Elm’s hedgehog planter that has since sold out and become unavailable. This turtle is pretty cute, too.

Plump Fox Planter from MinkyMooCeramics on Etsy, $53.

A perfect desk mate, this fox planter is the bee’s knees! Check out all of their other cuties from minkymoo on Etsy.

Vintage Style Pig Planter from claylicious on Etsy, $32

As someone who loves all midcentury things, this Mexican-inspired hog was traditionally a piggy bank, but looks perfect on a danish desk. I love the slight texture of this little guy and he’s under $50 on Etsy.

Horse Tabletop Planter from Threshold for Target, $7

Super cute? Check. Minimal and white? Check. Under $10? Target, I love thee. 

Flower Bud Dog Vase by Eleonor Bostrom, $58

This is one of my favorite planters on the list. I urge anyone and everyone to browse Eleonor Bistro’s work. Her creatures are made up of simple and clever lines, housing an imperfection that I adore. Her work is special order only, but it’s so worth it.

Supervillian Cat Planter by Erinnies on Etsy, $18

Batman is catman in this simple square planter worthy of every kids room, office, or man cave. Find him on Etsy.

Three-legged Rabbit Planter by beardbangs in Etsy, $40

Beardbangs‘ super sweet and whimsical planters are one of my favorites. Look at that little bunny face!

Pelican Planter by WhiteFauxTaxidermy on Etsy, $50

Again, speaking of taxidermy, whitefauxtaxidermy is one of my top shops on Etsy. I own the fabulous bear head and the quality and look is flawless. Buy this pelican.

Indoor Plants: The Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree
10 of 10 rubber trees and 1 of 2 cats.

Since my blog is about pet safe plants, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the rubber tree, or the most popular kind as indoor plants, ficus elastica.

Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica
Ficus elastica, about 3 months old.

I always have at least one of my rubber trees in my photos, as I have over 10 of them in various  parts of my house. Although not 100% pet safe, rubber trees have become one of my favorite houseplants. My cats won’t touch or eat them at all, which is why I began to take a liking to them. Plus they are somewhat easy to take care of, grow quickly and are so unique – especially the giant fleshy leaves and their pink underbelly. My biggest rubber tree is Rudy, who has had quite the growth spurt the last year. I always knew my children would be taller than me one day….

Ficus elastic / Rubber Tree
Harvey amongst the rubber forest.

I mentioned the aren’t totally pet safe – well, here is why. If you own one of these, you may have already encountered a milky liquid that comes out of the leaf it is punctured or taken off. This is partially why it’s called a rubber tree – that sap sticks to you and feels like rubber. Naturally if a cat or dog takes a nibble on the leaves, they would have quite a bit of oral discomfort, so they are labeled unsafe for pets for that reason.

Rubber tree
At Dickman Farms in FLX, NY.

Nibbling is highly unlikely primarily because they don’t actually look like leaves. My cat has no interest in eating something tough, plasticy, and awful tasting. Fast forward, now I have 10 Rudys and my cats still don’t care.

Rubber tree
Variegated (and tiny!) ficus elastica.

A pet safe cousin to the ficus elastica is Pepperomia, which is 100% safe for pets; they’re smaller and sometimes called “american rubber plant” or “baby rubber plant.” A toxic member of the ficus family is the ficus benjamina, which can sometimes go by “Indian rubber plant,” but really looks nothing like a rubber tree at all. This variety is much more toxic, so I avoid this type of ficus altogether.


If you are looking to add a rubber tree to your collection but have cats, check the label to make sure it is either a ficus elastica or a pepperomia, and take it home, monitor your pets for any interest, and you’ll know if you can buy 10 more in the near future.


Finding Light for Your Indoor Plants

Light for you indoor plants
The best light for indoor plants.
Admire the decent light – it doesn’t last long.

I live in an old 1840s cottage. It has a weird layout and windows are in strange places. I guess it’s charming, but considering I possess an irrational number of indoor plants, it can be downright inconvenient. The windows can be drafty, with sun and light coming in a select few of those windows. I gush over Instagram pictures of homeowners with giant lofts with massive windows and skylights, but I do like my odd-shaped ancient abode, so I make it work.

The best light for indoor plants.
Fiddle Leaf goals, amiright?

Light is one of three important pieces in the happy plant puzzle. No light = unhappy plants. I wouldn’t want to spend everyday in a dark corner with dusty books, would you? Indoor plants can’t do their thing and function properly without  sunlight, even those “tough as steel” plants that can be put “anywhere.” Plants need some kind of sunlight. Period.

The best light for indoor plants.
Ignore the unfinished paint job… -_-

How to you determine the best plant placement? Take a compass (there’s an app for that) and find where your South windows are. These will most likely shed the brightest light  for indoor plants like spider plants and rubber trees. Medium light is the West and East windows, depending on the time of day (a reminder, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West). I usually stick my medium and low light plants here. This includes Sansevieria, Fittonia, my Fiddle Leaf Fig, and palms go in either of these windows. The North window (which is my kitchen) houses only my ferns and Pothos, which like the humidity, no direct sun, and occasional brightness from my skylight.

The best light for indoor plants.
Dracena on my porch.

Light also plays a crucial role in watering, but more on that later. To be super sciencey, you can actually measure sunlight in foot-candles, which is what is used in horticulture. And there’s actually an app for that – it’s called Light Meter and currently available on the App Store.

I also move my plants around quite a bit. This is partially due to acquiring one or more every month, but primarily so they get a change of scenery and a different view of the sun. Plus, my cats like it too.