In my home, all plants are either behind closed doors or hanging. I know I didn't imagine it and I have worked for two vets surgeries in my time. mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on August 19, 2012: Thanks for the information, mistyhorizon2003. My three year old cat is in hospital as we speak with Kidney failure. There are poisonous houseplants for dogs and cats.Some are mildly poisonous, and some are fatal. Only your vet can tell you a cure or what could have caused the problems your cat has had. Thanks again! However, these plants have an ancient defense mechanism: they are highly toxic for our furry friends. #15: Swiss Cheese Plant Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 06, 2013: I hope Ginger will be okay. As we mentioned at the start of this article 19 of the 30 great detoxifying plants that were listed over on Sound Body Life were found to be poisonous and toxic to cats and dogs. I am confused by the last comment. Alternatively go for plants you can eat such as vegetables grown indoors e.g. Which houseplants CAN we have? I thought was was constipated at first the first day I just watched him, well as a result I almost lost him. There are several different varieties of jade plants, all belonging to the family Crassula. Their poisons, or acids are what help succulents survive in the wild, but I would rather it be my kittens. Many of these species are commonly kept as houseplants, so I am guessing that some will come as surprises to unsuspecting cat owners. You now have at least got the chance to warn other cat owners of the risks, friends, family etc. Here are some of the most common plants poisonous to cats with mild symptoms: Philodendron, Pothos, Dieffenbachia, Peace lily, Poinsettia – Whether it comes from chewing on or ingesting the plants, all of these can lead to mouth and throat irritation, drooling and vomiting. It's hard to know what the ASPCA means by that general and somewhat vague description so I am not sure if a nibble on a flower or leaf would make the cat very sick, or kill it. I hope this comes in useful to you in the future too :), Great list, very helpful, esp since 2 flowers on here are ones my girl kitten has taken to chewing on (carnation & primrose) which i hope wont be fatal (she seems fine though thankfully) but i am definitley bookmarking this for future reference! It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 28, 2017: So sorry for your loss Jake. Thank you for your post! The best bet is to find a list of plants you would like to have by name, and then check them out one at a time online to see if they are poisonous to cats or dogs. Here our Cordova vet explains more about which plants are toxic for cats and what to do if you discover your cat eating your houseplants. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 11, 2012: Do be careful though Ravenpaw. Here are those plants: 1. The key is in the word 'Houseplants' as these are the ones your bored cat is most likely to come into contact with or even chew on them. Symptoms include burning of the lips and mouth, excessive drooling, oral swelling, and vomiting. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 29, 2012: Ahh, of course, I just checked this out and it is the 'Grape Hyacinth'. While snake plants are non-toxic for humans, the ASPCA reports they are toxic for both cats and dogs and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. It was so helpful to me. You can search the lists for plants toxic to cats or not toxic to dogs, for example. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 11, 2012: Glad to be of help Patricia, and glad your cat is okay now :), My cat ate something that made her very ill and had to be taken to the vet. Having had cats all my life and also being an avid gardener, I never realised the potential risks. This is a good list - and I'm glad you included your source (which lists more garden/vegetable plants). Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 17, 2019: I’m pleased this helped you HERBWOMAN7125. Home / Gardening Resources / Houseplants / Safest Non-Toxic Houseplants for Cats and Dogs. If you're not sure what these look like, take a look at our visual guides below. :). Both ate on my devils ivy. It should be mandatory that the labels that come with the plants advise whether they are poisonous to our beloved pets or not because if they did then my little girl wouldn't be in hospital fighting for her life right now! this explains why one of my cats was vomiting recently. Good luck. Take note of the plants that will harm your pets.... as much as I love my cats... it costs $160 + medication a month. Now I know why my kitten is sick! If they’re allowed outside they’ll eat grass and indoors they like to nibble on most anything green and crunchy. (Source: They are going to force feed her some soft food by mouth and see if she can evacuate. They brighten your living space, help improve indoor air quality, and have been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression - plus many people find caring for plants therapeutic. Your vet will do his best to save her I am sure. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 27, 2018: PS. Cindy is a conscientious cat mom who loves sharing pet expertise with others through writing. I will always carry the guilt of buying the f@@@!!! Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 08, 2013: Thanks seanorjohn, I am delighted you enjoyed this and I hope your kitty stops being vomiting soon. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 02, 2013: Glad this was so helpful to you Rachel :). Thanks so much for this information. He litterally did not move for 3 days. Called the vet back and he doesn't know what is wrong with her but said the next step would be x-rays of her intestines and possibly more enemas. I think I have seen this on ONE website and other than that read somewhere that a "decorative" orange plant was dangerous. Also, be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. Cats & Plants. The flowers the florist listed are lavender roses, purple stock, lavender Peruvian Lillie’s, purple statice, lush greens. Keep moist during summer months and the plant … It is this compound which makes liquorice sweet. It also means having fun browsing our list of cat-friendly plants that are safe for your furry friend (and excellent additions to your home decor). Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 03, 2019: I am inclined to agree with you re Marijuana, although looking at the symptoms they are indicative of an animal that has consumed too much of it, hence the sleepiness, vomiting etc. A better question would be what are the plants NOT poisonous to cats. Featuring the photos is a fantastic plus. Although they cannot exactly kill them or any other pets at home, it is best to be cautious about it. Do not attempt to diagnose or treat any ailments yourself. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2012: You are very welcome LakeCabin. However, a few potted poisonous plants are known for being highly toxic, so be sure to steer clear of succulents (especially if you have curious cats), snake plant, and oleander, which can even be toxic to young children! He is very experienced but isn't helping. (Note I did say here in the article that Poinsettia is not too bad, although it can cause some problems). Can hyacinth kill that fast? Unfortunately, if you have cats there are many houseplants that you should avoid bringing into your home due to their toxic properties - especially since cats are notoriously mischievous and prone to chewing on things. I am very concerned, needless to say. Natural liquorice derived from liquorice root contains glycyrrhizin. She ate a little this morning but will not drink. There are many different varieties of dumb canes, which vary in size from a couple of feet high to over ten feet tall when grown in the right conditions. Thanks for any information. I have two indoor cats (not related) both chewed on a large house plant of the Lily family. I hope your little girl does recover. After I sent you the above post, the vet called me and asked how she was doing and when I told him that nothing had changed he said I should bring her right back; he wanted to x-ray her for foreign objects asap. This pretty plant is a popular house plant choice because it is fast growing and easy to care for. Cori is a freelance writer based out of Ontario, Canada, who specializes in houseplants and houseplant care. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. ", Greetings. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 01, 2018: good site good site thanks for the pictures since I do not know the names of my house plants. Last Updated on: May 28, 2020 by Renee Whitmore. Rich soil, bright light, and regular watering will emulate the natural habitat of the banana. The University of … She seems to want to nibble on it but now eating it. Toxic Principles: Saponins This work of yours is truly an exhaustive effort worthy of Pinning and sharing with my friends. I so hope this article helps you and others to prevent the death of their cats (present and future) through the simple mistake of having the wrong houseplants. Looking again at what I wrote I did not say it would kill your cat, the symptoms I list do not include death. Scientific name: Cycas spp. I hope your cat survives this assuming she has not already died. The way around the problem would be to have them in a container suspended from above, (like some people do with spider plants). Snake plants, often referred to as "mother-in-law's tongue," is well-known as one of the best plants for low light conditions, and for improving air quality - which has made it an extremely common houseplant. Other common plants that are toxic to cats include: Croton (Joseph's Coat) Now, both cats have kidney disease, are on special food and daily oral medication. The plants are toxic to cats, dogs, and even horses. Anyone who has searched for 'plants poisonous to cats' online will have seen intimidatingly long lists that seem to rule out nearly all garden plants, and a large proportion of house plants to boot. I also wish to know if Butterfly Pea (tea, blooms, leaves, etc.) It's just a little upset tummy from over-indulging. Do you think this vet is on the right track? I am in shock right now, my Tessa died suddenly with no signs of any trauma whatsoever. She is strictly and indoor cat and could not have picked up or eaten anything from outdoors. She did not eat any of it though. In small amounts I am certain it can be very beneficial for various medical conditions. Thankyou very much! Other names: Sago palm, king sago, sago cycad, Japanese sago palm, fern palm, coontie palm, cardboard palms, queen sago Level of toxicity: Severe Toxic compound: Cycasin, methylazoxymethanol (MAM), B-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) and unidentified Toxic parts: All parts of the plant, seeds contain the highest amount of toxin is toxic to cats? My nine year old girl cat has been completely listless for two days, with frequent vomiting of frothy and mucous yellow liquid only; no food interest but has had water, keeps visiting the litter box and straining to evacuate but unable to. Thank you so much for your reply. Jade plants, also known as "Money plants" or "Dollar plants," are a type of succulent that is easy to grow and thought to bring good luck and fortune to their owners. The attractive drape and ease of care make it a tempting addition to your home, particularly when you’re trying to spruce up your home decor on a budget. My boys will be safe now & my boys are very curious. Good luck. Azaleas: Part of the rhododendron family, an azalea is a small, deciduous species in which the whole plant can be considered poisonous to a cat that may involve gastrointestinal, cardiovascular or central nervous system issues, says the Pet Poison Helpline. She does not have any diarrhea, which seems to be a symptom in plant poisoning. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 14, 2012: Hi Lori, I am so pleased your babies are safe and that you are a responsible owner who does get veterinary treatment for her pets. Signs of ingestion: Oral irritation and burning - any part of the mouth, drooling, vomiting. :) Voted up - a very useful hub. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 28, 2019: I’m afraid not Jan, I would avoid letting your cats too near to them. Should I take her to a different vet? The ASPCA has a list of toxic and non-toxic plants. Excellent symptomatic breakdown and alternative names for plants. His main concern is to get food into her; that she needs food into her digestive system in order to be able to evacuate. Houseplants Toxic to Cats. Learn which ones to avoid to keep your pets safe. Such minerals are dangerous for cats if they take a bite of the plant. Again, thank you very much. In cats, this plant can also cause dilated pupils. Very well written, concise and helpful article. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Thanks. The quick and definitive answer is Yes. I have a hunch that she may have picked up a rubber band on the floor somewhere (which I have to keep shut up in a drawer because she will chew them but maybe one had somehow slipped onto the floor without my knowing) and it's not showing up on the x-ray. How long does it take for the side effects to happen if they do?? The sad thing is that not every cat will react the same to the toxins, so the overall scientific conclusions are based on the majority, not the minority of cases. Toxicity: Moderate. Especially helpful having pictures alongside names too. Thank you for answering which plants are poisonous to cats. This list is not exhaustive, so contact your vet before introducing new plants to your home. Aloe Vera is the one I would be most concerned about for the reasons listed. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 19, 2012: No Valerie, this list is not a list of plants that cure problems, it is a list of plants that can cause problems. Voted up. If your pet shows any signs of distress, contact your veterinarian immediately and make them aware of anything the animal may have consumed. Please tell me what I can do for her to stop the diarrhea and make her well??? I am not familiar with the name, although the Muscari part does sound familiar to me from years ago when I grew Hyacinths. However, the banana (Musa) is a dramatic accent plant that is safe for all pets. My male is better,he is eating on his own but he still will not drink very much. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 30, 2011: Hi jadednae, always go to a vet if in doubt, home remedies are always a last resort and should never be used in poisoning cases. Plants listed as either non-toxic, or potentially toxic with mild GI upset as their symptoms are not expected to be life-threatening to your pets. I even had to explain to one vet I worked for that guinea-pigs can and do eat the flower as well as the stalk of dandelions (and he was generally a very good vet). I was just wondering if Boston Fern is toxic to cats. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 14, 2012: Golly Kathleen, I wrote this article 2 years ago, and I have written loads more since. Aloe vera is characterized by thick, succulent-like leaves with jagged edges that grow upwards from a rosette-like base. Begonia coccinea Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. Due to its low maintenance nature, pothos has become a very attractive houseplant for both amateur and experienced plant owners alike. He suggested leaving her overnight so they could treat her some more. The Spruce uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Aloe vera plants are a staple in many homes and gained popularity thanks to the medicinal properties of the gel from their leaves. )Wax plant (Hoya spp. The toxin is mostly concentrated on the seeds. Their unique structure makes them a great talking point and a lovely accent piece. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 05, 2012: Thank you RichieMogwai, that is an awesome compliment :). Question: Are Christmas cacti poisonous to cats? I have you in favorites & will be referring back to your site on a regular basis. Also is a spilt leaf, purple passion and an african mask poisonous to cats? are some tomato plants toxic and other not? The plant contains a sap that reacts with your skin’s mucous membranes. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 13, 2014: I would advise you to err on the side of caution Heather and get rid of any house plants just in case. I must ask about your name 'Cassaday' as my Step Father (now in his late 70's) has this name, and his sisters have been trying to trace the family tree for some time now. It looks a lot like an Asparagus Fern. It is important to remember that with lilies the pollen only has to get on the cats fur and the cat wash it off in order for it to cause kidney failure, and this happens very quickly. I checked the few houseplants in the toxic list you provide (thank you) but found no signs of any having been chewed and I don't have any lilies of any kind. Finally you can bring some green into your home without … Many pet owners keep common plants in their homes without realising that they are poisonous to cats. These plants should be avoided at all costs if you have cats at home. Are hoya plants toxic to cats? Even vets frequently refer back to text books to check things out. If you’re a cat owner you’ll know that kitties like to nibble on leaves. )Orchid (Orchidaceae spp. Just the other day, we had a terrible thunderstorm out of the blue. She will be hydrated for the next three days. I am glad your cat is so much better now Kora, it is good to know this article has made a difference to her well-being. Syngonium podophyllum Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. It sounds like tragically your cat had a particularly bad reaction to the toxins, so is the exception to the rule. ZZ plants are not the best plants to have when you have cats in the house. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 12, 2018: This is really helpful, all the pictures make it easy to know the plants! “Grow cat-friendly plants like catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender to encourage them to nibble non-toxic plants in the garden. In the meantime I started noticing the other one showing signs and now I am forcing pedialyte down her. I can only say that the general consensus based on cases has caused the Poinsettia to be listed as overrated in its toxicity. Here are some popular houseplants that you should avoid if you have cats. Good luck. Thank you for doing this. This means double-checking the scientific names with the ASPCA’s extensive list of plants that are non-toxic to felines and making sure you purchase the correct items. Signs of ingestion: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, tremors. I had no idea so many plants were poisonous to cats. Plants that are poisonous to cats made up 3,675, or about a third, of those calls. In general grasses do not seem to be a problem as far as I am aware but best you check this out with your vet. Many common houseplants are poisonous to cats. When any part of the plant is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even liver failure and death. I just adopted two more rescue cats recently. indoor tomatoes, chili peppers, salads etc. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 11, 2012: I am honestly not sure on this one kenzie, but if by 'feather grass' you mean Pampas grass I have never heard of it being toxic to cats. Though this can be remedied by putting the toxic plants up out of reach, it is better to find plants that are safe to keep in the home to help ensure the safety of your feline friends. Here’s a list of some common plants that are toxic to cats: Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.) Hi, I want to bring in my alternanthera inside for winter, will it harm my cats? These plants are commonly used in almost every hose as an indoor plant. How is it you list it as "generally over rated in toxicity? There's nothing her that helps once I bring my cat home from an overnight stay- with length of illness, long-term neurological affects- blindness, etc. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 04, 2019: If only I had the time to research that article too Dori, but there would no doubt be thousands of plants and in recent times I have a lot of other stuff going on in my life that doesn’t allow me much time for writing any more. Thanks a lot for this very useful information. This is not a toxic reaction. SO grateful for the reassurance this page has given tonight. “For indoor plants, cats are likely to ingest the plants. Their dark leaves, white flowers, and low maintenance needs make them a very popular choice for Spring décor. I kept adjusting her diet but now I am convinced it must have been chewing plants. my Mum had a Yorshire Terrier dog years ago that died after eating the neighbours Primroses from her garden. You might find my article on coping with the loss of a pet helps a little bit: Again I am really sincerely sorry for your loss. She will not answer my call. But she is well now, and I got rid of all the suspicious plants. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. I hope your kitten will be okay. My ginger ate some of the leaves in a Lilly assorted arrangement i was frightened to learn that she might die from this. I took her immediately and waited for the results, which were negative. He said maybe she got into something that upset her. Essential Oils are usually very highly concentrated. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 14, 2011: To be honest I would get rid of it as it will cause oral irritation and intense burning to both the mouth and lips, even if your kitten doesn't swallow it (see 'Devil's Ivy' in the A-Z list above). Maybe they weren't big enough to do her any noticeable harm due to lack of volume of foliage and stem consumed. )Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)Polka dot plant (Hypoestes spp.) I brought a lily home yesterday not knowing it was poisonous and my kitty was smelling it and I think had some pollen residue on her nose. I gave pedialyte around the clock for 3 days. As the rain poured, I frantically ran out to my porch to retrieve my precious plants… Toxic to: Cats, dogs. 19 Air Purifying House Plants that are Poisonous and Toxic to Cats and Dogs. I am so glad I wrote this article when I did as the amount of positive comments on it show that it really does make a difference to saving lives. I haven't taken enough precautions in my planning to know what plants to keep out of reach of my cat! Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera spp. I find it to be a helpful tool. Is this ok or should I just get rid of the plant?? He had not ate in 2 days and not drank for a day and a half before I realized something was terribly wrong. A week ago, my cat died. Common names: Amaryllis, fire lily, lily of the palace, ridderstjerne. This same feature can make it appear like an attractive snack to curious felines, which can be extremely dangerous as English ivy is toxic to cats. Most of my plants are succulents, and it is really grieving me to get rid of them, but now I have two inquisitive indoor kittens, so I guess I have to let them go. It sounds rather an nasty reaction if your cat only ate a 'tiny' piece of Hyacinth. I agree about lilies but surely most cats are not out there eating plants all the timer. FirstVet - Download for free. :). I have been nursing 2 of my babies back to health for 5 days now. Are Spider Plants Toxic to Cats? In this article, I hope to list many of the most common plants that pose health risks to cats so that you can ensure you don't bring them into your home. You never know, you could be related to my Step Father and his family!! If that's the case, I'm hoping that it will finally be passed when she defecates again, but who knows how long that could take? on January 28, 2017: My cat died very quickly from eating a poinsettia leaf. Now my female is constipated on top of everything else. Toxicity: Moderate - Strong. Now after seeing this site, it seems I am going to have to rip up my whole garden and replace everything with cat 'friendly' plants. However, they can also be deadly if you have cat. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 24, 2018: Sorry to hear this happened to your cats Carmen, but thank you for sharing your story so others can realise how serious the risk is to their cats and the ongoing costs it can incur if they are lucky enough to survive. Sadly, it was my favourite flower, but I'm happy I wasn't too late to get rid of it, and this last week my cat was healthy and eating well again. my cat ate 3 tomato plants, leaves and stems. Aloe Vera. Non-toxic plants at a glance. I even tried to give him CPR but he was gone in 5 minutes. Also appreciate you adding the info about Muscari Mill. It is important she keeps taking in food to keep her system active and see if things are passing through okay day by day. Thanks again for your hard work in putting together this page. Thank you so much for the pictures & various names used for the same plant. Sago Palms are a fun and tropical addition to the home and can do wonders for indoor air quality. They are only dangerous when ingested and are completely safe to touch. Plant that took his life. Lucy, I do realise that you didn’t mean the actual sweets by the way, but I suspect the main problem with the plant would be the root, and then only if your cat had too much of it. Asparagus fern; Cyclamen; Dumbcane; Dracaena; English Ivy; Fiddle-leaf fig; Jade plants; Lilies (highly toxic) Peace lily; Pothos She did have a strange habit of gnawing on the wood of my dressers in the bedroom, wondered if it could be something toxic in the finish...thank you so much for such a helpful article though. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 20, 2016: Sounds like you were lucky this time Deb. Pothos plant, also famous by the names of golden pothos, devil’s ivy taro vine and ivy arum, are quite toxic to cats. Luckily, I haven't planted anything I needed to deter my cat from snooping in (whew)... he's a snoopy, persistent li'l guy! Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series, The Spruce Renovations and Repair Review Board. My fear is she is poisoned are any of these poisoness? Hopefully we caught it in time with induced vomiting and charcoal. There are several different varieties of jade plants, all belonging to the family Crassula. 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