Plants Toxic to Cats

There are many plants toxic to cats...

...however a cat's natural instinct will usually prevent it from chewing on them, occasionally though a cat may sample a toxic leaf, flower or stem.

Cats eat grass and vegetation to provide themselves with fiber, and to rid themselves of fur balls.

A cat with access to the outdoors is able to choose its own leafage, and because of its naturally fastidious character, will seldom make a mistake and eat plants toxic to cats.

It is a good idea to plant a small patch of your garden with catnip (cat mint), available in pots and seeds from garden suppliers, your cat will then have even less need to nibble on growth likely to be poisonous.

If you have plants in your garden that you know are toxic to cats, you may want to take measures to keep your cat from them. Pepper, lightly sprayed on the leaves and stems, will not harm the plant but your cat will be put off from approaching.

Indoor Cats and Toxic Plants

Cats that are confined indoors have less choice of greenery to nibble, so are more likely to be tempted than their free roaming cousins to sample something they shouldn't.

lilly flowerLilies are particularly toxic. A cat that has ingested a part of a lily plant should be taken to a vet immediately.
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It makes sense therefore, to ensure catnip is always available to your indoor cat.

Keep all houseplants out of reach of your cat, unless you are certain they are not plants toxic to cats. High shelves are good, hanging baskets better, but keep in mind that cats are expert climbers.

Spraying the plant with a citrus scented, or mild vinegar, solution, will deter your feline, or place halves of lemons/oranges in the plant pot.

If you use pesticides or any chemicals on your houseplants (toxic or not) ensure that they are safe to use and won't harm your pet.

As stated above, although there are many plants that are toxic to cats, cases of poisoning purely through a pet eating plants are rare, and good common sense precautions should help keep your cat safe.

Some of the symptoms of poisoning to watch out for are:

Salivation, Drooling, Lethargy, Agitation, Staggering or Unsteadiness, Vomiting, Swollen Tongue, Burns in Mouth, Seizures, Coughing, Convulsions, Dehydration.

If you suspect that your cat has swallowed a piece of a toxic plant contact your veterinarian immediately, do not wait for symptoms to show.

If you can give your vet both the plants common, and scientific name. If you do not know for sure what the plant is, take a piece of it with you.

Acting quickly can be vital.

List of plants that can prove poisonous to cats.

The following list contains plants that vary in their toxicity from being irritant, to extremely dangerous. Please note the list is not exhaustive, for a more complete list please see - A.S.P.C.A. Toxic Plants.

Adam-and-Eve
Alfalfa
Almond Pits
Alocasia
Amaryllis
Ambrosia Mexicana
Apple Seeds
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot Pits
Arrowgrass
Arum
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avacado Fruit and Pit
Azalea
Baby’s Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Boxwood
Buckeyes
Buddhist Pine
Burning Bush
Buttercup
Caladium
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Cherry Pits, Seeds and Leaves 
Chamomile
Chinaberry
Christmas Rose
Chrysanthemum
Clematis
Coriaria
Cornflower
Cornstalk Plant
Corydalis
Crocus Autumn
Cuban Laurel
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Dahlia
Daisy
Daphne
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Delphinium
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumbcane

Eggplant
Elderberry
Elephant Ear
Emerald Feather
Eucalyptus
Euonymus,
False Bittersweet
Ferns
Fiddle-leaf fig
Florida Beauty
Flag
Flax
Foxglove
Fruit Salad Plant
Geranium,
Giant Dumb Cane
Gold Dieffenbachia
Golden Glow
Golden Pothos
Gopher Purge
Hellebore
Hemlock
Henbane
Holly
Honeysuckle
Horse Beans
Horse Chestnuts
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Indian Tobacco
Iris
Ivy English, German, many others
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena,
Java Beans
Jessamine,
Jimson Weed
Jungle Trumpets
Kalanchoe
Kiss me quick
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel
Leatherflower
Lilies
Locoweed
Lord and Ladies
Lupine

Marble Queen
Marigold
Marijuana
Mescal Bean
Mexican Breadfruit
Mistletoe
Mock Orange
Morning Glory
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms
Narcissus
Nephytis
Oleander
Onion
Peach Pits & Leaves
Peony
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Pimpernel
Plumosa Fern
Poinsettia
Pokeweed
Poppy
Potato
Precatory Bean
Primrose
Privet
Red Emerald
Red Margined Dracaena
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Rosemary Pea
Rubber Plant
Sago Palm
Schefflera
Scotch Broom
Skunk Cabbage
Snowdrops
Staggerweed
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Sweetpea
Swiss Cheese plant
Tansy Mustard
Tobacco
Tomato - Green Fruit stem and leaves
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Tulip
Tung Tree
Virginia Creeper
Weeping Fig
Wild Call
Wisteria
Yews -
Japanese, American, English, Western

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