Plants Toxic to Cats (March 2019)

Gardening and having plants in your home is ideal for a lot of people, but cat owners need to be extremely careful.

I recently covered plants toxic to dogs, so now it’s time to talk about plants that are poisonous to cats.

In my other plant review I mentioned that I could not add images due to copyright laws and other restrictions. Unfortunately, I have to stick to the same laws for this guide, as well.

Either way, it’s important for you to know which plants are toxic to your cats and the symptoms you can look out for in case ingestion has occurred.

Daffodils

Though they’re very pretty, they are a plant that is toxic for a cat to eat.

Symptoms of ingestion include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, respiratory depression, oral irritation, drooling, and cardiac arrhythmias.

Oleander

The flowers and leaves of an oleander plant are extremely toxic to cats when ingested.

Symptoms of ingestion include a slowed heart rate, severe vomiting, and, if left untreated, death.

Tulips

Tulips can be found in gardens across North America, but they are extremely dangerous to have around cats. They are highly toxic.

Symptoms if ingestion include excessive drooling, oral irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory changes, and an increased heart rate.

Hyacinths

Much like tulips, which have the same poisonous properties, hyacinths are extremely toxic to cats.

Symptoms of ingestion include excessive drooling, oral irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory changes, and an increased heart rate – the same symptoms that come with tulip ingestion.

Sago Palms

This plant can be brought indoors and put outside. Wherever you put it, it puts your cats at risk.

Symptoms of ingestion include bloody diarrhea, liver failure, damage to the stomach lining, vomiting, and, if left untreated, death.

Lily of the Valley

Similar to foxglove ingestion, this plant is extremely dangerous for a cat to be around and eat.

Symptoms of ingestion include a drop in heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, major cardiac arrhythmias, and possible seizures.

Dieffenbachia

This is a plant that’s very common in households everywhere.

Symptoms if ingestion include drooling, oral irritation, nausea, vomiting, and swallowing difficulties.

Lilies

These plants are one of the most toxic plants a cat could ever ingest, so keep them out of your home.

Symptoms of ingestion include oral irritation, pharynx irritation, esophagus irritation, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe kidney failure.

Kalanchoe

This popular plant should never be kept around any pet, especially a cat.

Symptoms of ingestion include diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, and vomiting.

Azalea

This beautiful plant has potential to harm cats when ingested, so keep them out of your home and anywhere your cat has access to.

Symptoms of ingestion include excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, coma, and, if left untreated, death.

Cyclamen

This plant poses a serious threat to cats, so keep that in mind.

Symptoms of ingestion include severe vomiting and, if left untreated, death.

Autumn Crocus

This spring-blooming plant is highly toxic to cats but are common among households.

Symptoms of ingestion include gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney and liver damage, severe vomiting, and respiratory failure.

Poisonous Plants to Cats

This is just a small list consisting of the most common, and some uncommon, plants found in the home that are poisonous to cats.

If you would like to know whether a specific plant you may have in your home is toxic to cats, I encourage you to get in touch with me.

If you suspect your cat has ingested any one of these plants, take your cat to the vet immediately.

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