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Plants Toxic to Cats

Nov.06.2020 361

Cats are very curious creatures. They like to explore new space, cats always sniff and taste everything. They study the environment and get information about the objects in this way. The responsible owner will check its house before getting the animal. Perhaps, you have toxic substances in the open, or you are growing common house plants toxic to cats.

We have already discussed the topic of cat grass. And now we understand that cats eat different plants for several reasons such as:

  • They want to get rid of wool lumps in their stomach.
  • Green herbs contain a large number of valuable vitamins and elements for a cat’s health.

In this article, we are going to talk about plants that are poisonous to cats. And we start with the most popular ones.

What Plants Are Poisonous to Cats?

list of plants toxic to cats

List of plants toxic to cats


The great danger is the bulbs of these flowers. They contain substances called alkaloids which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, or salivation.


The same could be said about daffodils, which sprout out from bulbs. But as opposed to the rose, daffodils have poisonous flowers and stems. If a cat bites off any part of the flower it can cause vomiting, disrupt the heart, and the breathing rate.


Roses are also plants toxic to cats. Many women like roses and they like to grow them on the windowsills. The thorns are their only drawback. But are roses poisonous plants for cats? And the answer is no, they are not toxic. Absolutely all kinds of roses are safe for cats. You should make sure that your pet doesn’t get hurt by the rose thorn.


Even though their menacing appearance, they are not dangerous to cats. Their modified leaves (needles) like roses can scratch their skin or paws.

Aloe Vera

This plant is widely used by humans for medical purposes, especially leaf juice helps with burns. But these plants are poisonous to cats. Juice from the leaves contains “saponins” which can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, and even depression.

There are also some other house plants poisonous to cats and can harm cat health:

  • ficus
  • kalanchoe
  • cyclamen
  • hyacinth
  • calendula
  • rhubarb
  • hydrangea
  • philodendron
  • geranium
  • ivy
  • iris
  • azalea

All of the above plants can affect the mucous membrane of an animal (it cause gastrointestinal disorders) and they can interfere with the heart rhythm and respiratory system. If you see a bitten leaf, or if your cat has dug up the ground and it got to the root of the plants that are toxic to cats, you should take your pet for a check-up to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

We dealt with the houseplants. You may not have any plants or vases at home. Maybe you work as a teacher, for example, or your husband likes to please you with beautiful bouquets of your favorite flowers. Some flowers that you like can be dangerous for your cats, such as gladioluses, lilies, calla, lilies, chrysanthemums, or lilacs. Even the pollen from some plants is very toxic and can lead to sad consequences.

You should also make sure that your fluffy friend doesn’t drink water from the vase where the flowers are stored. The fact is that flower shop retailers add various hazardous chemicals that can be dangerous for humans and for any animal.

How Can You Keep Your Cat From Being Poisoned by Dangerous Plants?

snake plants toxic to cat

The best way is to find out which plants dangerous to cats and don’t grow them. But if you are a big fan of chrysanthemums you should put them in places which are hard to get to. And here are some other recommendations with their help you can protect a cat from poisoning:

  1. You can put citrus peels near a flower or plant. If you don’t eat citrus, you can buy essential oils with citrus flavor. Cats can’t stand such scents.
  2. There are special sprays the smell of which scares away animals. They are sold in veterinary shops.
  3. Another tested tool is double-sided scotch. Just try to attach it on a pot or on the window sill and you will be pleased with the result.
  4. You don’t need to use delicious food that your pet adores to distract it from the plant. Cats memorize this logical chain: «if I go near a flower it means that a person will give me what I want».
  5. The most useful way is to buy special cat grass. Your cat will have a delicious and useful alternative and your favorite flowers and cat will be safe. We have already mentioned how to grow cat grass at home in one of our articles.
  6. You need to make sure that your cat always has access to clean water. Sometimes cats eat plants to satisfy their thirst (the leaves contain juice).
  7. The most important thing is to play with your cat more often, it’s best to buy interesting toys for it and your cat will forget about flowerpots in your apartment.

What Should You Do if Your Cat Has Swallowed a Poisonous Plant?

plants that are toxic to cats

If you see that your cat has eaten the plant and you don’t know if it is poisonous or not, you should follow one of the options:

  • Take your cat to the vet immediately and take along the plant or at least it’s a photo. The vet will decide what to do.
  • If you can’t go to the clinic and you’re sure your cat has eaten a poisonous plant (you see the first symptoms) try to make it sick. One way is to inject soapy water into the cat’s throat, or you can try to mix a teaspoon of mustard powder with hot water and give this mixture to your cat.
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