Poisonous Plants for Cats – What to Avoid

Flowers and plants are often used to bring added life into homes. As all cat owners know, cats love to climb, explore and chew on plants – but did you know some plants are toxic to cats? If you want to keep plants in your home, it’s important to know which are poisonous to your furry family member.

According to Pet MD, some common plants toxic to cats are:

  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  • Castor Bean
  • Crysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils, Narcissus
  • Dieffenbachia
  • English Ivy
  • Hyacinth
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Oleander
  • Peace Lily
  • Pothos, Devil’s Ivy
  • Sago Palm
  • Spanish Thyme
  • Tulip
  • Yew

Toxic doses vary greatly from plant to plant. Depending on the case, ingesting a small amount of a poisonous plants can have tragic results, while others may need to be exposed to large amounts before symptoms develop.

Many toxic plants result in inflammations or irritation. Because of this, the most common symptoms of poisonous plant ingestion are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing/drooling
  • Irregular heart beat

The best way to protect your cat from poisonous plants is by keeping them indoors, removing such plants from your home or by closely supervising your cat when exploring the great outdoors.

If you suspect your cat has ingested a poisonous plant call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661 or Animal Poison Control at 1-888-426-4435.