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. The foliage is used in floral arrangements, also. Ingestion causes vomiting, liver damage and failure, bloody diarrhea (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis), and death. Outside the home, try and remove those plants that we know are most toxic to cats, such as lilies. Amaryllis: poisonous to cats. Unfortunately, Monstera deliciosa contains insoluble calcium oxalates making them highly toxic to cats. Boston ferns enjoy humidity and bright but indirect light but temperatures are not that much of a concern if your house gets a little cooler in the winter. Thank you for your post! Here is a list of plants that will give you both beautiful foliage and peace of mind. I have a devil's ivy plant, it is up high, but now my kitten found out how to get up there. I thought was was constipated at first the first day I just watched him, well as a result I almost lost him. 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. I agree about lilies but surely most cats are not out there eating plants all the timer. However, it’s a bit tougher for outdoor cats; but you can still take precautions. 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. 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). It was so helpful to me. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. My boyfriend sent me flowers and when I came home from work after an hour I noticed my female cat missing. Some plants, such as lilies, may be fatal if ingested by your cat. These plants can survive with the occasional water misting. Toxic Properties: Saponins, anthraquinones If you have any of these ornamental plants, ensure they are protected. 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'. However, sago palm (not true palms) is toxic to cats. Question: Are Christmas cacti poisonous to cats? Aloe Vera. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 20, 2016: Sounds like you were lucky this time Deb. When ingested, it can cause a wide range of symptoms including weakness, vomiting, throat swelling, excessive drooling, dermatitis, rash, and ataxia. Your vet will do his best to save her I am sure. One note though, it might be helpful: Muscari Mill is also poisonous. 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. I know I didn't imagine it and I have worked for two vets surgeries in my time. Are you a houseplant enthusiast looking forward to having safe plants for pets? Here’s a list of some common plants that are toxic to cats: Amaryllis ( Amaryllis spp.) 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. I have two indoor cats (not related) both chewed on a large house plant of the Lily family. If your dog or cat is exposed to it repeatedly, it can cause skin irritation, and berry ingestion can cause vomiting/diarrhea if eaten. Thanks again for your hard work in putting together this page. 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. I was shocked to learn that my favorite aloe plant was toxic to cats. See more: Indoor Plants For Office. If ingested, symptoms include vomiting and … I would be inclined to assume she either ate more than you realised (possibly including the bulb) or that she had an allergic reaction to it over and above the basic poisoning effects or that something else completely caused this. Now, both cats have kidney disease, are on special food and daily oral medication. 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. :). I kept adjusting her diet but now I am convinced it must have been chewing plants. How can one even plan a garden if all these plants are poisonous? 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. They are only dangerous when ingested and are completely safe to touch. I didn't know that lilies in particular were so toxic. 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). Maybe they weren't big enough to do her any noticeable harm due to lack of volume of foliage and stem consumed. Are Shamrocks Poisonous to Cats?. 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. Plants That Are Poisonous for Cats. Cats may bat at the leaves but this plant is not toxic to them if they were to munch on a fallen leaf. I was just wondering if Boston Fern is toxic to cats. Because many house plants are poisonous to cats. The excess consumption of liquorice can cause liver damage, raise blood pressure and cause muscle weakness. 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. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 22, 2012: I wish I could answer that one in a comment blondie, but that would require a whole article in itself, plus hours and hours of research. 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. Having looked into this it easier to list thos HOUSE OF PLANTS www.houseofplants.co.uk I will always carry the guilt of buying the f@@@!!! 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. 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. Says she won't be able to have a bowel movement until she eats enough to push the stool through. It is the lily pollen that is dangerous. Cindy is a conscientious cat mom who loves sharing pet expertise with others through writing. Appreciate the info. Could this be harmful, as it's a decorative plant? This list of plants will cause toxic reactions in cats. Fluffy Climbed the Palm Tree. 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. I think I have seen this on ONE website and other than that read somewhere that a "decorative" orange plant was dangerous. 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. 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. 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. Some houseplants can be toxic and poisonous to pets and young children without knowing. 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. He suggested leaving her overnight so they could treat her some more. 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. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 27, 2012: Cannot thank you enough for taking the time and trouble to compile this excellent list with clear pictures. 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. The toxic principle in other plants may have a systemic effect and damage or alter the function of a cat’s organs, like the kidney or heart. I'm really curious where you got your info on the Orange plant being toxic to cats. 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. Symptoms of dumb cane poisoning in cats include vomiting, burning of the mouth, oral irritation, swelling, and in severe cases difficulty swallowing or breathing. 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. I took her immediately and waited for the results, which were negative. While considered non toxic, these compounds can still result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. 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. 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. Look no further. Houseplants are a common sight in nearly every home. 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. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 06, 2013: I hope Ginger will be okay. Thank you so much for your reply. #9 Pothos or “Devil’s Ivy” (Epipremnun aureum) This tropical plant is easy to grow and harmful to pets. 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! If you already have any of these in your home, it may be a good idea to remove them. my cat ate 3 tomato plants, leaves and stems. 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. He is very experienced but isn't helping. Now I will get rid of this plant. Even vets frequently refer back to text books to check things out. 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. I would hope that if there is no change in a day or two he would operate to investigate further and ensure nothing is blocking her intestine that is not showing up on the x-ray due to the nature of the object in question. He was drooling excessively and having seizures. He litterally did not move for 3 days. It looks so innocent and delicate but it is so toxic. Many pet owners keep common plants in their homes without realising that they are poisonous to cats. Thanks. The toxin is mostly concentrated on the seeds. 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. Aloe Vera is the one I would be most concerned about for the reasons listed. Both ate on my devils ivy. This plants causes serious effects in cats with symptoms such as seizures, pain and swelling. Take a look at 10 houseplants which can be toxic if ingested. These plants should be avoided at all costs if you have cats at home. I am really glad you found it helpful and also wish you well with your 'indoor gardening' which will definitely help to extend your growing season :). If it nibbles too much, Jade plant poisoning can be fatal. Levels of toxicity can range from mild gastrointestinal disturbances to severe and life-threatening toxicity. He said maybe she got into something that upset her. Plants Non-Toxic to Cats Achira (Canna, Arrowroot) | Scientific Names: Canna edulis | Family: Cannaceae Acorn Squash (Similar plants:pumpkin, zucchini) | Scientific Names: Cucurbita pepo | … She doesn't need to have intentionally chewed on the plant itself. Sago Palms are a fun and tropical addition to the home and can do wonders for indoor air quality. Aglaonema Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. Very well written, concise and helpful article. Thank you for answering which plants are poisonous to cats. Your article on plants toxic to cats was very helpful. 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. Do you think this vet is on the right track? 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. S on August 13, 2019: Bamboo is highly toxic to cats, avoid especially the “lucky bamboo” sold in stores. I even tried to give him CPR but he was gone in 5 minutes. The list in Resources contains many of the more common plants poisonous to cats, but it may not include everything. My male is better,he is eating on his own but he still will not drink very much. “For indoor plants, cats are likely to ingest the plants. Generally they won't kill your cats, but can make them very unwell. Would greatly appreciate any help/info you can provide. Thank you again for any help you can give me to help her. It’s best to keep house plants that are poisonous to cats our of the home – it’s not worth the risk. Because Jade plants can get quite large, keeping them out of the reach of cats might be difficult. 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. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 05, 2012: Whoops good point bellagirl61, I must have had a blonde moment (or a glass of wine) when I suggested indoor tomatoes, although my own cats ignore my outdoor ones, and would probably ignore any indoor ones. 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. Dan Sheppard from Perth, Western Australia on December 12, 2011: wow, this is incredibly detailed with the pictures. 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. 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. Plus, by eating an oleander leaf, adults can die. Voted up. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Plants have been placed inside homes since the dawn of the early Greeks and Romans. I recently put feather grass in my garden & my cats immediately were drawn to it. my Mum had a Yorshire Terrier dog years ago that died after eating the neighbours Primroses from her garden. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/geraniums-poisonous-... Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 27, 2018: PS. Their dark leaves, white flowers, and low maintenance needs make them a very popular choice for Spring décor. Poisonous House Plants – Pothos. My fear is she is poisoned are any of these poisoness? 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. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. When the plant is chewed, clinical signs are visible immediately. 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. Thank you so much. #15: Swiss Cheese Plant However, this toxic plant is dangerous, especially if you have a cat or dog in your house. Would i have to get rid of these plants? 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. Because she can't defecate, I am worried about possible bowel blockage and need to know how immediately this needs to be checked. If you suspect your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, contact your vet immediately. I am very concerned, needless to say. 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. Though pothos is completely safe to touch, if ingested, your kitty will experience burning of the mouth and lips, vomiting, and oral swelling. 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. Research is necessary when bringing new plants into a home with cats as there are many different plants that are toxic to cats. This list is not exhaustive, so contact your vet before introducing new plants to your home. You might want to read my other article on this called 'Lilies can kill your cat within hours' (link below): I agree plants should come with labels that say if they are dangerous to pets. You might find my article on coping with the loss of a pet helps a little bit: https://hubpages.com/animals/How-do-you-get-over-t... Again I am really sincerely sorry for your loss. It is best to ask your veterinarian if you plan to bring any new plants into your house to ensure your pet’s safety.) Your post mentions Hyacinths - and Muscari Mill comes from this flower group; it surely is dangerous for cats, too. 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 confused by the last comment. 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’ve narrowed this list down to the most common toxic plants that may already be in your cat’s environment. Dumb canes, or Dieffenbachias, are a popular houseplant thanks to their stunning tropical foliage and low-maintenance needs. 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. Recently, I was amused by a program where a couple was frustrated that their cat was destroying their house plants, especially their palm trees. After all, they produce a starch that many people around the world use to make pudding. Although many plants contain the word “lily” in their name, Dr. Wismer says, certain species are the most dangerous to cats, including Asiatic lilies, Easter lilies, Japanese show lilies, rubrum lilies, stargazer lilies, red lilies, tiger lilies, Western lilies, wood lilies, and daylilies. As far as marijuana (hemp) is concerned - there results of animals being treated for a variety of ailments using hemp oil has been remarkable - animals have been known to eat marijuana and it hasnt been toxic to them. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 11, 2012: Do be careful though Ravenpaw. Toxic indoor plants for Cats. You never know, you could be related to my Step Father and his family!! He had not ate in 2 days and not drank for a day and a half before I realized something was terribly wrong. Houseplants Toxic to Cats. 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. Surprisingly, even humans can overdose on liquorice! Now my female is constipated on top of everything else. When any part of the plant is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even liver failure and death. This plant responds well to low-light and low watering conditions. are some tomato plants toxic and other not? Plants are great to have in your house – they clean the air, are a natural decoration, and can add pleasant scents to the house. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 17, 2019: I’m pleased this helped you HERBWOMAN7125. My cat used to vomit and had diarrhea, but it never came to my head that it was because of the plants. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2012: You are very welcome LakeCabin. I knew the devils ivy was poisonous but did not know the signs, thank you. You could grow cat-friendly plants like catnip, mint, cat thyme and lavender to encourage them to nibble non-toxic plants in the garden. 2. Ingestion of Aloe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, depression, and change in urine color. They are going to force feed her some soft food by mouth and see if she can evacuate. Signs of ingestion: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors. Toxicity: Mild. firstname.lastname@example.org on January 28, 2017: My cat died very quickly from eating a poinsettia leaf. But she is well now, and I got rid of all the suspicious plants. 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