After reading this article I saw coleus in your article I have this plant so this must be the plant that my cat has eaten. Now I will get rid of this plant. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 02, 2013: Glad this was so helpful to you Rachel :). 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 January 08, 2013: Thanks seanorjohn, I am delighted you enjoyed this and I hope your kitty stops being vomiting soon. Is this ok or should I just get rid of the plant?? 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. It would take me ages to list them all. A rubber band is a possibility (I have seen this happen before). Are you a houseplant enthusiast looking forward to having safe plants for pets? These plants can survive with the occasional water misting. However, they can also be deadly if you have cat. Some houseplants can be toxic and poisonous to pets and young children without knowing. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 04, 2013: I am so sorry to hear this Cami1565, you must be heartbroken, but please don't let the guilt haunt you, it could have happened to anyone, and it could have been any plant, or some other cause of death completely. They are also easy to maintain. My last (and final) indoor/outdoor cat died suddenly without apparent cause, and I wonder if it was his favorite hunting ground under the orange daylilies. 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. 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. I have a devil's ivy plant, it is up high, but now my kitten found out how to get up there. Natural liquorice derived from liquorice root contains glycyrrhizin. Please be sure to check the name of the plant to determine its toxicity. Also called rubber plants or money trees, all parts of this plant is poisonous to cats. We have prepared a list of non-toxic, 18 Low Light Indoor Plants Safe for Cats and Dogs , approved by ASPCA . This makes having this plant in the house something you should reconsider. Thank you so much. This hardy, succulent plant, with pearl-like tubercles over its fleshy, blue-green leaves, looks stunning in any home. Many of these species are commonly kept as houseplants, so I am guessing that some will come as surprises to unsuspecting cat owners. So long as she didn't wash it off herself she should be okay, but in the meantime please get rid of this plant as the pollen from lilies will readily drop on to surfaces where a cat could walk and get it on their paws etc. Thanks. Here’s a list of some common plants that are toxic to cats: Amaryllis ( Amaryllis spp.) Is Buttfly Pea (tea, blooms, leaves, etc) toxic to cats? Here is a list of popular house plants that may poison your cat. Safe House Plants for Cats. I am in shock right now, my Tessa died suddenly with no signs of any trauma whatsoever. Should I take her to a different vet? Are Shamrocks Poisonous to Cats?. 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. I cannot see any evidence that she has eaten from any of my plants and I have never seen her eating any either but I have to consider this as being a possibility. Thanks!! TAGS: cat safety Share on Facebook; Share on Twitter; Cats will play with anything and everything around the house. Dieffenbachia. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 27, 2018: PS. Unfortunately, jade plants are highly toxic to cats, dogs, and horses, causing symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, depression, and incoordination if ingested. My ginger ate some of the leaves in a Lilly assorted arrangement i was frightened to learn that she might die from this. I didn't not know this at first because the first one to show signs of illness was one that I have a chronic constipation problem with. 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. Aloe vera plants are a staple in many homes and gained popularity thanks to the medicinal properties of the gel from their leaves. bubica on August 11, 2019: It looks so innocent and delicate but it is so toxic. Cindy is a conscientious cat mom who loves sharing pet expertise with others through writing. 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. Thanks. Plants that are Posionous to Cats House Plants Toxic to Cats. Dumb canes, or Dieffenbachias, are a popular houseplant thanks to their stunning tropical foliage and low-maintenance needs. Please tell me what I can do for her to stop the diarrhea and make her well??? The toxic element is … It looks a lot like an Asparagus Fern. Unfortunately, Monstera deliciosa contains insoluble calcium oxalates making them highly toxic to cats. I am still forcing pedialite but he is up and walking and even had 2 bowl movements. Could this be harmful, as it's a decorative plant? Do you have lots of house plants and you're looking for a list of plants poisonous for cats? Once a year blood work and urine tests for the two about $400 each. It's a good idea to avoid keeping dangerous plants in your home, even if you think they are out of your cat's reach. Amaryllis is a popular house plant gift, but avoid giving it to cat owners: all parts of the plant are highly poisonous to cats, and ingesting it can cause changes in blood pressure, seizures, and severe vomiting. Both ate on my devils ivy. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 27, 2011: Hi Indi, I am sorry to hear about your little girl. Essential Oils are usually very highly concentrated. My male is better,he is eating on his own but he still will not drink very much. S on August 13, 2019: Bamboo is highly toxic to cats, avoid especially the “lucky bamboo” sold in stores. That’s because my own sister’s cat (that I gave her) died of acute kidney failure secondary to getting into dangerous Asiatic lilies from a bouquet several years ago. You might also find my article on Lilies being capable of killing your cat within hours interesting. on January 28, 2017: My cat died very quickly from eating a poinsettia leaf. Surprisingly, even humans can overdose on liquorice! 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. I had an indoor/outdoor cat who lived for 21 years exposed to lilies, but I spent the last three years of his life hydrating him for failing kidneys. Also is a spilt leaf, purple passion and an african mask poisonous to cats? Says she won't be able to have a bowel movement until she eats enough to push the stool through. Especially helpful having pictures alongside names too. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. If your kitty looks at all unwell get her to a vet asap and tell him about the lily pollen on her nose. Indoor plants not only add up to the aesthetic sense of the house but also feels like you are living with nature. Learn more: Indoor Plants That Clean The Air. Since there are so many plants toxic to cats, I’ve chosen to split them into groups of the most common poisonous plants having mild, moderate, or severe effects. I would recommend (from having worked in two vets surgeries) an x-ray to make sure she hasn't swallowed a foreign object that is blocking her intestine (I have seen this before in both dogs and cats, and it can be anything from a small toy, a needle, a cork, pen lid or whatever, only an x-ray can determine this). However, peace lilies contain calcium oxalates and if consumed, can cause vomiting, irritation of the mouth and GI tract, excessive drooling, and in severe cases, difficulty swallowing or breathing. Appreciate the info. 9 Popular Houseplants That Are Toxic to Dogs, 7 Indoor Plants That Are Dangerous to Children & Pets, Five Houseplants That Will Hurt Your Pets, 36 Plants That Can Irritate Your Skin or Worse, How to Grow Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands). Good luck. Strelitzia reginae Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. Plants have been placed inside homes since the dawn of the early Greeks and Romans. The most popular house plants that are poisonous to cats are: 1. Non-Toxic House Plants For Children, Cats, and Dogs Plant-related poisonings are the the third leading cause of illness and death in children, and responsible for thousands of pet emergencies each year. Cats may bat at the leaves but this plant is not toxic to them if they were to munch on a fallen leaf. (Note: This is not a complete list. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 18, 2011: gryphin423 from Florida on October 18, 2011: Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 02, 2011: Thank you cleowolf, I am so sorry you lost your two cats as I know how devastating it is to lose a pet under any circumstances, but not to know why is even worse. Spider plants contain chemical compounds that are said to be related to opium. I haven't taken enough precautions in my planning to know what plants to keep out of reach of my cat! He litterally did not move for 3 days. 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, … Thanks so much for this information. Nerium oleander ought to be mentioned in the list of poisonous house plants, too. Image Source: @Peter via Flickr. Lisa Fucci from Boston, Massachusetts on November 06, 2013: I am enraged at the fact that florists and other retailers do not have to label flowers as toxic to pets and children. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Hope you do find a cure. My cat has been chewing on it but she seems to b ok. Thanks again! Surprising as it may seem Vets do not know everything, and to be honest, in my experience of working in Vet's surgeries quite often I have seen the senior nurses know more than the vets do about things like this. He still can't diagnose her, said it could be an intestinal virus, which the body has to fight on its own, or it could be something toxic she ingested, which also is a matter of time to be eliminated from her system. I hope your little girl does recover. 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. Their unique structure makes them a great talking point and a lovely accent piece. Although there are many types of plants that can be toxic to cats, most may actually be found in or around the home. This pretty plant is a popular house plant choice because it is fast growing and easy to care for. Toxic House Plants For Humans, Cats And Other Pets. Richie Mogwai from Vancouver on November 05, 2012: Amazing, truly amazing hub. Some common household plants are poisonous to cats. It was so helpful to me. by Julia Wilson. Luckily, I haven't planted anything I needed to deter my cat from snooping in (whew)... he's a snoopy, persistent li'l guy! It’s still best to keep these plants out of the reach of your cats because although they are non-toxic, most felines won’t be able to resist chewing on the spindly leaves of air plants, and you may end up not having much of a plant to look at. Thank you for answering which plants are poisonous to cats. Do not attempt to diagnose or treat any ailments yourself. Unfortunately I don't have the label which was together with the flowers when I bought them, so I might be wrong, but I think the Latin name for this flower was Muscari neglectum. However, these plants have an ancient defense mechanism: they are highly toxic for our furry friends. So long as the foliage etc is out of reach of the cats there should not be a problem. Hopefully we caught it in time with induced vomiting and charcoal. Symptoms of dumb cane poisoning in cats include vomiting, burning of the mouth, oral irritation, swelling, and in severe cases difficulty swallowing or breathing. 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. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 05, 2012: Thank you RichieMogwai, that is an awesome compliment :). :). Plant that took his life. A cat is smart, it only needs to be pricked once and it will stay away from the area. However, you may not realize that some of these plants are dangerous to cats.Your cat may be indoors and safe from outdoor plant dangers, but don't forget that certain indoor plants may cause harm if your cat eats or chews on them. Hopefully, you've already read our article Top 10 Household Plants Safe for Your Cat.But, it's just as important to know what plants in your home or in your yard are toxic to cats. If you already have any of these in your home, it may be a good idea to remove them. You could also buy fake plants too. If you suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, contact your vet immediately. Toxic Properties: Saponins, anthraquinones For one, I didn't realize that Aloe Vera and daffodils, in particular, are toxic to cats and dogs. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that because all 16 plants listed below are non-toxic for people, cats, and dogs Keep in mind, Non-Toxic does not mean the plants are edible; Please keep plants out of reach of children and pets. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 19, 2014: Hi shebacat, the title of this hub is A-Z of Houseplants that are Poisonous to your Cats. It is called devil’s ivy as well. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Peace lilies are one of the most common flowering houseplants, particularly around Easter time. With houseplant collecting becoming more popular, Jade plants are making a comeback. 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. I am confused by the last comment. Also referred to as "Swiss cheese plants" or "Split-leaf philodendrons," Monsteras are relatively low maintenance, making them an attractive addition to any home. 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! It is this compound which makes liquorice sweet. Would i have to get rid of these plants? While I want you to know what plants to be wary of, I’ll admit that I have at least 10 houseplants in my house. Unfortunately, dumb canes are highly toxic to cats when ingested, and their sap can even be a mild irritant to humans and should be kept away from bare skin. Sago is extremely poisonous to people and animals, however, and producing the edible starch involves quite a bit of processing. This plant responds well to low-light and low watering conditions. I want to be certain, so I guess this is a good question for a vet. Dracaena. If ingested, symptoms include vomiting and … When choosing an indoor plant, stay away from the ones on this list, that, according to the ASPCA®, can by harmful or fatal or your kitty. Re my last comment: I did find info on the ASPCA website that said that the Essential Oils and some Chemical compounds of the Orange plant can be toxic to cats. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Cats and Dogs: Philodendron has a much more serious effect on pets, with reports of spasms, seizures, pain, and swelling. The only real way to protect your indoor cats from poisonous plants is to avoid them altogether. A week ago, my cat died. After all, they produce a starch that many people around the world use to make pudding. Looking again at what I wrote I did not say it would kill your cat, the symptoms I list do not include death. Not all of them will prove fatal if chewed or eaten, but some most definitely can kill your much-loved feline friend. Take a look at 10 houseplants which can be toxic if ingested. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 23, 2013: Hi There, sounds like you might have an Aloe Vera that is one of the less toxic varieties (there are many variations). In the garden they are probably more interested in chasing mice, birds etc than they are in chewing on random plants (which is not to say they won't, only that it is less likely than in the house). The way around the problem would be to have them in a container suspended from above, (like some people do with spider plants). Aloe Vera. She seems to want to nibble on it but now eating it. True palms in (family Arecaceae) like majesty, parlor, areca, ponytail, bamboo, kentia, pygmy date, or cat palms are not toxic or poisonous to cats, dogs, and horses, making them a perfect choice of garden and house plants. Again, this is one where an occasional, small amount of consumption is probably not going to be a concern, but if your pet has consumed a whole bag of liquorice it might be worth contacting your vet. This plants causes serious effects in cats with symptoms such as seizures, pain and swelling. Very well written, concise and helpful article. Pearl plant, like other plants on this list, is safe for cats and dogs. I know I didn't imagine it and I have worked for two vets surgeries in my time. Also, be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. To a cat-safe dwelling it belongs to consider exactly which greenery one puts up. Which plants aren’t feline friendly? Learn which ones to avoid to keep your pets safe. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. Some plants, such as lilies, may be fatal if ingested by your cat. List Of House Plants Poisonous To Cats. My fear is she is poisoned are any of these poisoness? 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. My cat ate the tiniest piece of a hyacinth leaf earlier today was was found unresponsive later on tonight. In small amounts I am certain it can be very beneficial for various medical conditions. You could grow cat-friendly plants like catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender to encourage them to nibble non-toxic plants in the garden. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 17, 2012: I am so sorry for your loss Vanessa, at least you can now spread the word to other cat owners, and the more of us that do this the more cats we can save. 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