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A–Z List of Houseplants That Are Poisonous to Your Cats

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Many common houseplants can be poisonous to cats. Learn which ones to avoid to keep your pets safe.

Many common houseplants can be poisonous to cats. Learn which ones to avoid to keep your pets safe.

What Plants Are Toxic to Cats?

Many pet owners keep common plants in their homes without realising that they are poisonous to cats. Not all of them will prove fatal if chewed or eaten, but some can definitely kill your much-loved feline friend. 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.

In this article, I hope to list many of the most common indoor plants that pose health risks to cats so that you can ensure you don't bring them into your home. If you already have any of these in your home, it may be a good idea to remove them. Many of these species are commonly kept as houseplants, so I am guessing that some will come as surprises to unsuspecting cat owners.

Aloe Vera

  • Common names: Aloe
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color

Amaryllis

  • Common names: Belladonna lily, Saint Joseph lily, cape belladonna, naked lady
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, tremors

Arum Lily

  • Common names: Calla lily, pig lily, white arum, trumpet lily, florist's calla, and garden calla
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Oral irritation; intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips; excessive drooling; vomiting; difficulty swallowing

Asian Lily

  • Common names: Asiatic lily
  • Toxic to: Cats
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, death

Asparagus Fern

  • Common names: Asparagus, emerald feather, emerald fern, Sprenger's fern, plumosa fern, lace fern, racemose asparagus, shatavari
  • Toxic to: Cats and dogs
  • Symptoms: Allergic dermatitis with repeated dermal exposure (berry ingestion could result in gastric upset, including vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea)

Azalea

  • Common names: Rosebay, rhododendron
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs, horses.
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse, death

Baby's Breath

  • Common names: Maiden's breath
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea

Barbados Lily

  • Common names: Amaryllis, fire lily, lily of the palace, ridderstjerne
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, salvation, diarrhea (large quantities can cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias)
  • Note: The bulbs are the most poisonous part of this plant.

Begonia

  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs
  • Symptoms: Oral irritation; intense burning of mouth, tongue and lips; excessive drooling; vomiting; difficulty swallowing
  • Note: The tubers are the most toxic part of the plant.
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Bird of Paradise Flower

  • Common names: Crane flower, bird's tongue flower
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs, horses
  • Symptoms: mild nausea, vomiting, drowsiness
  • Note: Poisoning is caused mainly by the fruit and seeds. This species should not be confused with Caesalpinia or Poinciana gilliesii, both of which are also known as bird of paradise and are more toxic.

Branching Ivy

  • Common names: English ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy, California ivy
  • Toxic to: Cats, dogs, horses
  • Symptoms: Vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, diarrhea
  • Note: The foliage is more toxic than the berries.