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Bonsai Care

Can I have a pet and a bonsai?

Yes, of course you can. Nearly all varieties of indoor bonsai are pet-safe, so don’t worry – your pet can stay! You may have read somewhere online that bonsai are toxic to pets, but please be assured that, in general, this is not true. You can definitely grow cat friendly bonsai trees.

The only variety of bonsai that we sell which IS toxic to animals is the Pyracantha, as the berries are poisonous.

Holly's fun little dog with the bonsai trees

Cat Friendly Bonsai Trees

Here at Bonsai Direct, we have 4 cats on our nursery at all times. We have never had any problems with our bonsai or our cats from having them on the same site. Our cats actually love to help us grow our bonsai!

Holly also brings her little dog ‘Pogo’ to the nursery everyday and the bonsai trees cause absolutely no problems.

Twiglet the cat beneath our bonsai trees

Cats and dogs can coexist harmoniously with bonsai trees in both indoor and outdoor settings. Creating a tranquil and nature-infused atmosphere within your home or garden. Bonsai trees are generally safe for pets as they do not produce toxic substances that pose a threat to cats and dogs. However, it’s crucial to consider the specific needs and behaviors of your pets to ensure a seamless integration.

In indoor environments, placing bonsai trees on elevated surfaces or using decorative barriers can help prevent curious pets from disturbing the delicate arrangements. Providing sufficient space for your pets to move around without knocking over the bonsai pots is also essential. Additionally, choosing sturdy and stable containers can add an extra layer of security. Outdoor gardens offer a more natural setting for both bonsai trees and pets. The greenery and natural elements contribute to a calming environment for animals. Well-placed bonsai specimens can enhance the overall aesthetics of the space. Training pets to respect the designated areas for bonsai trees, along with incorporating pet-friendly plants, can further ensure a peaceful coexistence.

Overall, with thoughtful planning and consideration, bonsai trees and pets can thrive together. Thus, creating a serene and balanced environment that benefits both the plants and the animal companions in your home or garden.


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We regret that we are unable to refund or exchange any bonsai after 7 days of delivery. This is because they are live plants and we find that after this time they have been out of our care for too long. However, we are always here to help, so contact us and send a photo using the button below. Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours:
9:00 – 16:00, Mon – Fri

Please Note: We do not work weekends or bank holidays
Phone:
01363 877752 (Sales Only)

We regret we are unable to answer specific bonsai care and health questions over the phone, so kindly email a photo using the button above.
Address:
Bonsai Direct (Office Only)
Upcott Barns,
Morchard Bishop
Devon
EX17 6NG

Please note, if you have requested Monday delivery DPD may try to deliver over the weekend. This is to help prevent them falling behind, you can control this once you have received your 1-hour time slot.