Thanks again for your hard work in putting together this page. It was so helpful to me. tomato plants on included in the list but you mention indoor tomatoes. Do you think this vet is on the right track? Throughout my search for her I noticed some chewed off flower heads and an entry into the wall open. 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 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. Marley didn't make it and my heart is absolutely broken. Thank you so much for your reply. Houseplants Toxic to Cats. Essential Oils are usually very highly concentrated. Thanks. There are several different varieties of jade plants, all belonging to the family Crassula. Can hyacinth kill that fast? Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Looking again at what I wrote I did not say it would kill your cat, the symptoms I list do not include death. These plants are commonly used in almost every hose as an indoor plant. I noticed she was venturing further afield when I let her out by the front garden. 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 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. 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. Non-toxic plants at a glance. Although they cannot exactly kill them or any other pets at home, it is best to be cautious about it. Now my female is constipated on top of everything else. A week ago, my cat died. Thank you so much. 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. 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. But she is well now, and I got rid of all the suspicious plants. 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. 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. 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. I recently put feather grass in my garden & my cats immediately were drawn to it. I was told by my vet that poinsettas and aloe vera would not hurt my cat or my dog. 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. Many common plants that we keep in the house and outside in our yards can be poisonous to our pets. Also appreciate you adding the info about Muscari Mill. I have lost two young cats in the last year due to mysterious circumstances, I am now wondering whether it was due to poison possibly from devil's ivy-what an apt name if so. It is so helpful and some garden plants need to be evicted now. Many pet owners keep common plants in their homes without realising that they are poisonous to cats. Good luck. Low cost consultations, 24 hours a day. Cats & Plants. Toxic Properties: Unknown. Never assume a cat will instinctively try not to eat a poisonous plant—all too often, cats end up being rushed to the vet suffering from poisoning as a direct result of chewing on or eating toxic houseplants. Dumb canes, or Dieffenbachias, are a popular houseplant thanks to their stunning tropical foliage and low-maintenance needs. How is it you list it as "generally over rated in toxicity? 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. Now I will get rid of this plant. Its toxic mechanisms are unknown, but in cats, Easter lilies cause vomiting, or in severe cases, kidney failure. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2012: You are very welcome LakeCabin. I'm sure I have had several plants for ages that are but my cat hasn't suffered. Here are those plants: 1. English ivy has small, pointed leaves and makes for a delicate display. Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.) 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. Alternatively go for plants you can eat such as vegetables grown indoors e.g. My fear is she is poisoned are any of these poisoness? 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. )Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)Maidenhair fern (Adiantum spp. While Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it is toxic to cats and can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested. This article is simply a guideline, you would need to check it out with your vet or the ASPCA directly. I hope your cat survives this assuming she has not already died. :). You could also buy fake plants too. I can only say that the general consensus based on cases has caused the Poinsettia to be listed as overrated in its toxicity. Thankyou very much! He litterally did not move for 3 days. In my home, all plants are either behind closed doors or hanging. 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). Also referred to as "Swiss cheese plants" or "Split-leaf philodendrons," Monsteras are relatively low maintenance, making them an attractive addition to any home. Featuring the photos is a fantastic plus. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Excellent symptomatic breakdown and alternative names for plants. 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. When ingested, it can cause a wide range of symptoms including weakness, vomiting, throat swelling, excessive drooling, dermatitis, rash, and ataxia. Only your vet can tell you a cure or what could have caused the problems your cat has had. By using The Spruce, you accept our, 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). Download FirstVet - Download for free. His main concern is to get food into her; that she needs food into her digestive system in order to be able to evacuate. (Source: Which houseplants CAN we have? Good luck. 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! Plant that took his life. I hope your little girl does recover. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera spp. Thanks!! 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. When any part of the plant is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even liver failure and death. Syngonium podophyllum Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. If your dog or cat is exposed to it repeatedly, it can cause skin irritation, and berry ingestion can cause vomiting/diarrhea if eaten. I agree about lilies but surely most cats are not out there eating plants all the timer. Thanks again! I wish I found this page a long time ago. I am in shock right now, my Tessa died suddenly with no signs of any trauma whatsoever. 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. Very well written, concise and helpful article. It's now Sunday morning and he has called me; they gave her a mineral oil enema and she passed some stool but he can feel a bit more in upper part of her intestine. 19 Air Purifying House Plants that are Poisonous and Toxic to Cats and Dogs. Some of the most toxic plants for cats include trendy houseplants like Monstera deliciosa, Jade plants, Aloes, and Devils Ivy. Aloe Vera is the one I would be most concerned about for the reasons listed. Hopefully we caught it in time with induced vomiting and charcoal. How long does it take for the side effects to happen if they do?? Their unique structure makes them a great talking point and a lovely accent piece. Home remedies or do I have to go to vet? However, the banana (Musa) is a dramatic accent plant that is safe for all pets. Because she can't defecate, I am worried about possible bowel blockage and need to know how immediately this needs to be checked. Thank you again for any help you can give me to help her. 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. 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. 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. Pet owners should get together and fight for change. Home » Cats » Health » Are Spider Plants Toxic to Cats? Toxic to: Cats and Dogs. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 02, 2013: Glad this was so helpful to you Rachel :). This list of plants will cause toxic reactions in cats. Hello, i am thinking about getting a cat and i realized i have poisonous plants like philodenrons, pathos, asparagus fern, arrowhead, aloe. My other 2 cats won't touch it. I recently learned that hanging plants need to be more than six feet off the ground. 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! I kept adjusting her diet but now I am convinced it must have been chewing plants. Your article on plants toxic to cats was very helpful. Unfortunately, jade plants are highly toxic to cats, dogs, and horses, causing symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, depression, and incoordination if ingested. So far she has not vomited again. If you're not sure what these look like, take a look at our visual guides below. 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