Learn how to handle and recognize a poisonous indoor plant. If you’re a cat owner growing them, however, your luck may go south quickly. Image Source: @Peter via Flickr. I thought was was constipated at first the first day I just watched him, well as a result I almost lost him. Some common household plants are poisonous to cats. Often grown in the house to use on burns and minor cuts, it is harmful to cats. Plants That Are Poisonous for Cats. 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. Cori is a freelance writer based out of Ontario, Canada, who specializes in houseplants and houseplant care. Never bring them into the house and it won’t be an issue. Natural liquorice derived from liquorice root contains glycyrrhizin. Unfortunately, Monstera deliciosa contains insoluble calcium oxalates making them highly toxic to cats. The most popular house plants that are poisonous to cats are: 1. I haven't taken enough precautions in my planning to know what plants to keep out of reach of my cat! Do you think this vet is on the right track? Needless to say i feel that the Sellers of such deadly plants should be held accountable for not labeling "toxic to Animals, and children"pray with me that my ginger survives..thank you. 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. If your dog or cat is exposed to it repeatedly, it can cause skin irritation, and berry ingestion can cause vomiting/diarrhea if eaten. You now have at least got the chance to warn other cat owners of the risks, friends, family etc. Dracaena. Nerium oleander ought to be mentioned in the list of poisonous house plants, too. If your pet shows any signs of distress, contact your veterinarian immediately and make them aware of anything the animal may have consumed. It looks so innocent and delicate but it is so toxic. Toxicity: Moderate Thank you so much for the pictures & various names used for the same plant. Because Jade plants can get quite large, keeping them out of the reach of cats might be difficult. Look no further. Especially helpful having pictures alongside names too. If you already have any of these in your home, it may be a good idea to remove them. All parts of the plants are poisonous, particularly if large amounts are ingested. 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. Thanks a lot for this very useful information. I am not familiar with the name, although the Muscari part does sound familiar to me from years ago when I grew Hyacinths. 2. #15: Swiss Cheese Plant . Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 27, 2011: Hi Indi, I am sorry to hear about your little girl. 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. 19 Air Purifying House Plants that are Poisonous and Toxic to Cats and Dogs. 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. 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. 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. They can be decorative, fun to care for, and good for air quality. Ingestion of Aloe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, depression, and change in urine color. Research is necessary when bringing new plants into a home with cats as there are many different plants that are toxic to cats. A better question would be what are the plants NOT poisonous to cats. The vet did say that was possible, if it was scrunched up enough in her intestine that it couldn't be seen. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. Because she can't defecate, I am worried about possible bowel blockage and need to know how immediately this needs to be checked. 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. Having had cats all my life and also being an avid gardener, I never realised the potential risks. So pleased you found this in time (prior to your planting). It is the lily pollen that is dangerous. It freshens … 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. Photos of Poisonous Plants and Flowers for Cats. House plants will easily grow, even inside your home. I also wish to know if Butterfly Pea (tea, blooms, leaves, etc.) They’ll think a cardboard box is a great hideout, eat crumbs off of the ground, and munch on houseplants for a snack. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 14, 2013: I would not expect a Vet to know from memory every single plant that can cause your cat or dog a problem. Certainly if this is as a result of an allergic reaction then it could definitely happen 'that fast', sometimes allergic reactions happen within minutes depending on what causes them and the level of reaction the animal in question has, (think of how quickly a person allergic to bee stings can react). I would suggest a second opinion personally as I am surprised your vet had not already done an x-ray after the first 24 hours with no change. Luckily, I haven't planted anything I needed to deter my cat from snooping in (whew)... he's a snoopy, persistent li'l guy! According to the ASPCA, both the leaves and berries of the plant contain chemicals that are toxic to cats. Thanks for making this HUB! You could also buy fake plants too. Home remedies or do I have to go to vet? I just responded over on your article about community/urban gardening and mentioned I am planning indoor gardening to compensate for rising food costs and the short grow season where I live. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Thank you for answering which plants are poisonous to cats. While considered non toxic, these compounds can still result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. I even tried to give him CPR but he was gone in 5 minutes. Many people enjoy keeping plants in their homes. Do not attempt to diagnose or treat any ailments yourself. Now, both cats have kidney disease, are on special food and daily oral medication. 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. Once a year blood work and urine tests for the two about $400 each. However, this toxic plant is dangerous, especially if you have a cat or dog in your house. You might also find my article on Lilies being capable of killing your cat within hours interesting. These plants can survive with the occasional water misting. To a cat-safe dwelling it belongs to consider exactly which greenery one puts up. bubica on August 11, 2019: House plants poisonous to cats. #9 Pothos or “Devil’s Ivy” (Epipremnun aureum) This tropical plant is easy to grow and harmful to pets. Marley didn't make it and my heart is absolutely broken. 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. Calla lilies are beautiful, but at the same time, they are one of the poisonous plants for dogs and cats. 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. The sago palm is one of those unexpectedly poisonous house plants. Because Jade plants can get quite large, keeping them out of the reach of cats might be difficult. Now I know why my kitten is sick! Aloe Vera is the one I would be most concerned about for the reasons listed. 11. Maybe they weren't big enough to do her any noticeable harm due to lack of volume of foliage and stem consumed. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 11, 2012: Do be careful though Ravenpaw. Now I will get rid of this plant. My ginger ate some of the leaves in a Lilly assorted arrangement i was frightened to learn that she might die from this. As soon as I got her home she kept going to the litter box with no results for passing stool even with her straining to go. 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. She is strictly and indoor cat and could not have picked up or eaten anything from outdoors. I cannot find any information about this plant, but I checked my notebook and noticed, that after a couple of days when I'd bought this flower, my cat was vomiting and had some sort of anorexia. Answer: No, fortunately, these are nontoxic to both dogs and cats. Many plants are dangerous and potentially fatal to cats. Surprisingly, even humans can overdose on liquorice! Signs of poisoning can be mild to severe and in some cases, pets can even die. You never know, you could be related to my Step Father and his family!! Toxins: Insoluble calcium oxalates and unidentified, toxic alkaloids. These plants can survive with the occasional water misting. Common toxic plants include sago palms, lilies, azaleas and tulips. Harmful Parts of the Plant: All parts of the plant 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. 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. They have calcium oxalate crystals that are toxic to cats. Ingestion causes vomiting, liver damage and failure, bloody diarrhea (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis), and death. this explains why one of my cats was vomiting recently. 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). https://pethelpful.com/cats/Houseplants-Poisonous-to-your-Cats I kept adjusting her diet but now I am convinced it must have been chewing plants. List of Common House Plants Toxic for Cats Aloe Vera. Also appreciate you adding the info about Muscari Mill. Though pothos is completely safe to touch, if ingested, your kitty will experience burning of the mouth and lips, vomiting, and oral swelling. Still won't eat and she vomited again shortly after I got her home. Also called rubber plants or money trees, all parts of this plant is poisonous to cats. Plants help cozy up a living space, but pet owners should be extra careful when choosing greenery. Aloe vera is characterized by thick, succulent-like leaves with jagged edges that grow upwards from a rosette-like base. Aloe vera plants are a staple in many homes and gained popularity thanks to the medicinal properties of the gel from their leaves. It is so helpful and some garden plants need to be evicted now. The toxin is mostly concentrated on the seeds. Is Buttfly Pea (tea, blooms, leaves, etc) toxic to cats? are some tomato plants toxic and other not? Question: Are Christmas cacti poisonous to cats? That's why we have put together this list of popular and common houseplants found in many homes. She doesn't need to have intentionally chewed on the plant itself. He is very experienced but isn't helping. He was drooling excessively and having seizures. I have a 9 year old cat that has been chewing on my aloe plant for about 3 years and has never gotten sick from it. I gave pedialyte around the clock for 3 days. Thank you for doing this. Can hyacinth kill that fast? The flowers the florist listed are lavender roses, purple stock, lavender Peruvian Lillie’s, purple statice, lush greens. They are only dangerous when ingested and are completely safe to touch. Many common houseplants can be poisonous to cats. 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. I have an arum lily plant, after viewing this page, i went to see the plant and sure enough, his little bite marks were all over the leaves and on the flower. Toxic Properties: Saponins, anthraquinones Only your vet can tell you a cure or what could have caused the problems your cat has had. I know I didn't imagine it and I have worked for two vets surgeries in my time. Dracaena species like D. marginate (Dragon plant, dragon tree, or Madagascar dragon tree), D fragrans (corn plant), D. deremensis (Warneckii and Janet Craig), and D. sanderiana (lucky bamboo) are toxic or poisonous to cats, dogs, and even horses. I am still forcing pedialite but he is up and walking and even had 2 bowl movements. I think I have seen this on ONE website and other than that read somewhere that a "decorative" orange plant was dangerous. Are you a houseplant enthusiast looking forward to having safe plants for pets? SO grateful for the reassurance this page has given tonight. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 20, 2012: Glad to be of help Catherine, and pleased you will be able to use this in the future as well :). 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 makes having this plant in the house something you should reconsider. The toxic chemical of the lily plant is unknown but it does contain something that causes kidney failure in cats.For dogs with an existing kidney or liver disease, the same can happen.All your vet can do is offer support because the prognosis is poor at best. 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. Symptoms of dumb cane poisoning in cats include vomiting, burning of the mouth, oral irritation, swelling, and in severe cases difficulty swallowing or breathing. This pretty plant is a popular house plant choice because it is fast growing and easy to care for. Don't take my word for the poinsettia and aloe vera statement, Google it and you will see it is confirmed on many sites. In the meantime I started noticing the other one showing signs and now I am forcing pedialyte down her. Should I take her to a different vet? Autumn Crocus ( Colchicum autumnale) Azaleas and … Another plant which is also listed as one of the poisonous house plants is the pothos ivy. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 24, 2011: I am so sorry to hear about your tabby cat Fatima, and I really hope this does help you to protect your other pets. In small amounts I am certain it can be very beneficial for various medical conditions. However, sago palm (not true palms) is toxic to cats. 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. :) Voted up - a very useful hub. If ingested, symptoms include vomiting and … With houseplant collecting becoming more popular, Jade plants are making a comeback. House plants poisonous to cats. 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. But, these plants may cause moderate to severe health effects on your tabby. If it nibbles too much, Jade plant poisoning can be fatal. I knew the devils ivy was poisonous but did not know the signs, thank you. Introducing "One Thing": A New Video Series. 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. It has become popular as a houseplant grown in hanging planters thanks to its gorgeous drapery. I didn't know that lilies in particular were so toxic. She did not eat any of it though. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. Good luck. by Julia Wilson. Severity: Mild to Moderate. 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. 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. 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