10 (More) Planters for Animal Lovers

Back in February, when I first started this blog, I featured this post about animal planters. It’s been a few months and, now that it’s summer, I found a whole slew of planters that I adore. Plus, with all of the weddings, parties, brunches, and general celebrations, everyone needs a good gift list for that person who loves leaves and paws.

Ceramic Cat Planter from GailCCceramics on Etsy, $144.

I’ve been following Gail on Instagram for a while because her handmade planter are THE most adorable thing I have ever seen. The little face! The whiskers! This ceramic floof would love to be on your bookcase holding your, of course, pet friendly plant. Buy this adorableness from Etsy.

Mint Dinosaur Planter from Naomi Nickerson, $25.

I have to say, there aren’t enough dinosaur planters. Search on etsy and tons of those cut-into plastic dinosaurs come up, which is not what I was looking for. Given the underwhelming amount of ceramic dinosaurs, I was happy to find this amigo made by hand. I also found Nicki on IG and she has other pastel planters that are perfect for prehistoric and present-day animal lovers. Purchase Minty the Dinosaur on her website.

Animal Menagerie Planters from West Elm, $24-30.

Need an office mate? Pick Tallulah the bird, Larry the llama, Lenore the lion or Lips the chicken; those are officially unofficially their names. Pick a new friend at West Elm.

Felt Fox Planter from theyarnkitchen on Etsy, $26.

Hark! A felt planter?! It does exist. With a touch of hygge and minimalism, these artists capture the happy fox with an atypical medium.  Find the Italian etsy shop, theYarnKitchen here.

Fluffy by The Blob House on Amazon, $45

Fluffy may or may not be related to Kyle, Gru’s pet from Despicable Me. Am I the only one who see’s a resemblance? Find Fluffy on Amazon for under $50 and let him greet your guests for brunch.

Doggie Hanging Planter by noemarin on Etsy, $31

Cute face? Check. A hanging planter? Check. Under $50? Bring this puppy home today. 

Puffy Hedgehog Planter by TheMintyMountain, $34

If there is one person you look up on IG today, it’s Emma Jo’s account. Take a peek of her precious little creations, cats, and works in progress.  Her shop is on etsy only, and includes many other rose cheeked aminals of the like.

Sequin the Unicorn by coceramicstudio on Etsy, $40

Sequin the Unicorn is one of the more majestic planters on this list. With her head held high, she’ll protect your succulents with pride and sparkle. Find her on Etsy.

Tiny Sloth Planter by cumbucachic on Etsy, $38

I have no words. The cuteness is overwhelming. Please buy this tiny sloth on Etsy this instant.

Dachshund Planter by fruitflypie on Etsy, $50

Hot diggity dog. This planter is straight out of the 70s and would look best in your white living room, outfitted with a mid-century modern coffee table, giant fiddle leaf fig, alongside a large book about interiors, naturally. Buy this pup.

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.

Six Poisonous Plants to Pets

Corn Plant

It is handy to have a list of plants that are safe for pets, but it is actually more important to know which plants are a no-no to Mittens and Fido. These are the top six plants that are the MOST poisonous to pets. Whether you have cats or dogs (or even babies for that matter), these should be off your plant list. Photos are a great way to identify a plant, but always go by the latin name on the label, that ensures that similar-looking plants do not get mixed up.

Sago PalmSago Palm

The Sago Palm is really dangerous. In warmer climates (not here in NY, because, snow) these are found in backyards, but they are popular office and indoor plants too. Let these stay in your office and not in any location where there are pets. Cats take fancy to the fronds and dogs may like to chew on the woody root. Ingesting the Sago leads to hemorrhaging, liver damage, resulting in death. Name to look for: Cycas revoluta


Pic by Kaz Andrews

Generally speaking, lilies are not a great choice for furry friends. They are more toxic to cats than dogs, but either way should be avoided if you have one or the other. Peace lilies are toxic to both pets, Liliaceae lilies (the kind you get in bouquets and bundles from the florist) are primarily toxic to cats, and Calla lilies (the kind typically seen at funerals and in bouquets) are poisonous to both. Ingestion leads to difficulty swallowing, breathing and can be fatal unless medical attention is immediate. The most common ER visit related to toxic plants is ingestion of some kind of lily. For me, I’m not a fan of them anyway, but having a home of curious cats, I do not invite anything in the Liliaceae or Araceae family into my home.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

I include the Aparagus Fern precisely because it is called a fern.  Most ferns are pet-friendly and lovely, but not this one. It’s label name, Asparagus densiflorus cv sprengeri, is also called Plumosa Fern or Lace Fern, so I urge you check out the label. These are really pretty and delicious looking to your curious cat. Little do they know it can lead to stomach upset and vomiting, which doesn’t make it worth keeping around for its looks.


Cyclamen come around the holidays and winter-time, at least in the Northeast. They make appearances as guest and party gifts for hosts. Unfortunately, they aren’t welcome in my house….I prefer wine anyway. If any part of these are consumed, symptoms are gastric upset and, if the roots are eaten, seizures and death. Nobody wants a sick pet for Christmas.

Dieffenbachia Dieffenbachia

Popular in doctor’s office and malls, Dieffenbachia or giant dumb cane, unfortunately make the toxic list. They grow quickly and look gorgeously prehistoric, but they can be poisonous for paws. If nibbled, dogs and cats may develop irritation of the mouth, leading to difficulty swallowing and vomiting. I guess we should just keep these in Dr. Krentist’s office instead.



Most of the houseplants you can think of are Dracaena. This Von-Trap plant family includes indoor plant standbys: Janet Craig Dracaena, Lemon Lime, Corn Plant,  Marginata or Dragon Plant, Reflexa (which looks like a spider plant), and Lucky Bamboo are all siblings. It is in this family I encourage label reading – anything with Dracaena in the name, gently put back. They tend to be cat and dog magnets and if they are eaten can lead to a number of uncomfortable things such as vomiting, lethargy, and most likely a vet visit that could have been avoided.