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Which Plants are Poisonous to Cats?


poinsettiaYour cat is going to get into things you don’t want it to. No, don’t try to stop this, that’s just the nature of being a feline. No matter how well you end up hiding things, they will find a way to get to it. Nothing is worse for your cat than getting into some plant that they really shouldn’t, and as much as we’d like to think that our cats will just be able to recognize when to stay away from the hazards, they sometimes just refuse. Here is a list of plants you should just keep out of your house if you have cats.


With the amaryllis, it may look absolutely gorgeous but if your cat starts chewing on the petals it’ll find itself on the receiving end of a pretty nasty stomach ache, including vomiting and diarrhea. And remember, when they get sick, that’s on you to clean it up.


Another pretty plant to look at, but your cat isn’t likely to just look. They’ll get curious, as cats do, and nibble a bit here and a bit there, which will cause it to become uncoordinated, tremble, and collapse. Not a winning combination.


Here’s a tricky one to deal with as there are some cats that can handle themselves around a cactus just fine, but overall you’ll discover that all it takes is a good skin puncture and a nasty infection and suddenly that spiky plant in the corner isn’t such a good idea.


Do you have a caladium or philodendron plant in a house with a nosey cat? Keep it away! Caladium can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even difficulty breathing, and a philodendron is just as bad, so do yourself and your cat a favor and just remove them from your house altogether.

Creeping Charlie

Must like some of the previous plants, a Creeping Charlie will cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, and now cramps as well. Man, it’s almost like Mother Nature didn’t want your cat eating these plants, huh?



Okay, a Dieffenbachia. Simple, green, that can’t cause any serious problems, right? How about adversely affecting the central nervous system? Not so simple and green now, is it?

Easter Lily

Ah, nothing as sweet and innocent as an Easter Lily could hurt a kitty, right? Actually, every single bit of the plant, meaning the petals, the leaves, the stem, all of it, can cause kidney failure. That’s a bit excessive, wouldn’t you say?


Fine, then how about some ivy? You can’t tell me that my cat will start chewing on ordinary, non-poisonous ivy? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying, otherwise you’ll get the usual vomiting and diarrhea, plus add on the symptom “excitable behavior.” Sure, just what you need and want, a cat that’s even more high-strung than before. Marvelous.


Don’t tell me you want to take away Christmas as well! Sadly, both Mistletoe and Poinsettias can cause vomiting and diarrhea, plus blisters to form in the mouth and even difficulty breathing. It’s just not easy being a cat during the holidays now is it?

If your cat has eaten any of these things, it’s best to call your veterinarian right away. Still though, the best and most effective way to avoid any negative consequences of owning these plants around your pet is to simply not own these plants around your pet. Which would you prefer to keep? Your housecat, or your houseplant?



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