10 Plants That Can Poison Cats You Should Know

If your an avid gardener, live in the country where your cat roams free or simply living in an apartment you should know about the ten most common plants that are harmful to your cat.  Everyday pet poison help lines get dozens of calls from worried cat owners about what their cat ate, while there are thousands of plants and flowers only a small few percentage of them are harmful to your feline friend.

Just in case your cat does eat something make sure to look out for signs of early toxicity before its too late. Symptoms arent always immediate and will usually show in the form of changes in behaviors, urinary habits, drinking habits and others listed below. As a precaution always keep the number of your vet in a place that anyone can easily find or access like a fridge magnet and stored in your phone for quick access.

So to ensure you know which plants are most dangerous for your cat to eat and how to avoid them from getting into these poisonous flowers and poisonous plants here are the ten 10 plants that are harmful to cats you should know about in no particular order on levels of toxicity or danger.

1) Lilies

lilys

What is a Lily? A bulb plant or flower with large fragrant flowers with thin stems that come in different colors and varieties. Some lilies are used for perfume bases but most are used for garden decoration and flower arrangments.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early ingestion of lilies may not show until its too late, the most common thing to look for is changes in urinary and drinking behavior that will eventually transform into kidney failure.

2) Tomato Plant

Tomato-Plant

What is a Tomato plant? Tomatoes while safe for humans belong to the nightshade family and produce tomato berry, yes they are a berry fruit. Similar to other vegetables in the nightshade family such as potatoes, and eggplants the vegetable or berry is edible but the leaves and stems can be toxic.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include drooling, GI upset, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, confusion, depression, loss of spunk, over sleepiness, dilated pupils, and slow heart rates.

3) Aloe

aloe-plant

What is Aloe? Aloe is succulent with long and spiny fleshy leaves uses for medicinal purposes and ornametation.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include drooling, nausea and changes to the color of urine.

4) Parsley

Parsley

What is a Parsley? Parsely is an herb with small white flowers used in cooking and herb gardens.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include skin burning and photosensitivity and damage to the eyes.

5) Sweetpea vine and plant

sweet-pea-vine-and-plant

What is a Sweetpea vine? Sweetpea vines are ornamental vertical climbing plants that bloom flowers in a light pink color and are extremely toxic to cats and can lead to death.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include weakness, some tremors, in severe cases seizures, coma and death.

6) Sago Palm

sago-palm

What is a Sago palm? Sago palm is an ornamental plant often used in gardens and offices. Also known as the “Coontie palm” or “Cardboard palm” and also extremely dangerous to your cat and can cause death.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include bloody vomiting, bleeding disorders, diarrhea, liver and failure and death.

7) Rhododendron

rhododendron

What is a Rhododendron? Rhododendrons are a small tree-like shrub that is used in gardens as an ornamental and grows in the wild with large bell-shaped flowers.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, weakness, loss of spunk, neurological issues, heart issues, fainting, and death.

8) Iris Flower

Iris

What is Iris Flower? A Iris flower is a beautiful exotic flower that comes in a wide array of colors used as an ornamental in gardens and flower arrangments.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

9) Poinsettia & Mistletoe

Poinsettia

What is a Poinsettia & Mistletoe? Poinsettia & Mistletoe are the common bright red ornamental plants used mainly as an ornamental and during the Christmas holiday.

What are the signs of toxicity? While not that toxic to cats it can be irritating. Early signs of toxicity include drooling, over pawing of the mouth diarrhea or vomiting.

10) Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

What is a Dieffenbachia? Dieffenbachia which is popular in most homes and offices is not deadly but like the Poinsettia can be very irritating to your cat.

What are the signs of toxicity? Early signs of toxicity include drooling, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty with swallowing.

At amazingpetstuff.com we love our cats and are looking out for yours as well. If you suspect your cat has ingested one of these plants please call the pet poison helpline 24 hour helpline at 855-764-7661 or contact your vet immediately.