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Plants that are Poisonous to Cats

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Cats seem to love to chew all types of plants, which is a real shame as there are hundreds of plants, both indoor and outdoor, that are toxic to cats. Garden grass is good for cats to eat as it does seem to be beneficial for their digestion, helping our feline friends to regurgitate hairballs when necessary. It may be that cats are drawn to other plants because of the benefits of eating grass, or perhaps they are just bored and curious, who knows. What we do know is that some plants are worse for cats than others.

All varieties of lilies are considered to be the most toxic plant to cats, yet many of us have them in our homes and gardens. Eating or simply licking fur that’s brushed over a lily plant can result in irreversible kidney failure. If your cat comes into contact with a lily you should take them to a vet immediately.

Another toxic plant that is commonly found in UK homes at Christmas time is the poinsettia. Cats need to stay away from the leaves, sap and the stems of poinsettia as they are all poisonous.

Many cats will simply regurgitate non-deadly plants, but when they come into contact with toxic plants they may experience the following reactions:

  • Skin irritations
  • Blistering
  • Itching
  • Eye problems
  • Sneezing

Most of these reactions won’t prove to be fatal or cause too many problems for the cat, but they will need to see the vet to receive treatment for the symptoms, and to check nothing else sinister is going on. The more serious symptoms that require immediate treatment are:

  • Sudden collapse
  • Violent vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Significant and severe or worsening skin allergy symptoms

Don’t delay in calling the vets to arrange an immediate appointment. It’s also a good idea to take a cutting of the suspected plant with you to the vets in a sealed bag if possible and vomit and/or diarrhoea sample.

Thankfully, most cats will only have a small nibble of a plant, so severe reactions are not common. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the plants in your garden and home to check they are safe to have around your cats, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You may also wish to create a secure environment for your cats with fencing, cat runs, fence top barriers and so on, preventing them access to plants in your garden or the neighbourhood.  Speak to us to find out more

Plants that are Toxic for Cats 

Acocanthera

Aconite

Acorns

Alfalfa

Almond

Aloe Vera

Alsike Clover

Amaryllis

American Yew

Amsinckia

Andromeda Japonica

Angel's Trumpet

Angel's Wings

Antherium

Apple

Apple of Peru

Apricot

Arrowgrass

Arrowhead Vine

Asian Lily

Asparagus Fern

Australian Nut

Autumn Crocus

Avocado

Azalea

Baneberry

Bayonet Plant

Belladonna

Bird of Paradise

Bitter Cherry

Bitter Nightshade

Bittersweet

Black Locust

Black Nightshade

Bleeding Heart

Bloodroot

Blue Flag

Blue-Green Algae

Bluebonnet

Boston Ivy

Bouncing Bet

Boxwood

Brackenfern

Brake Fern

Branching Ivy

Buckeye

Buckthorn

Buddhist Pine

Bulbs

Bull Nettle

Burn Plant

Buttercups

Caladium

Caley Pea

Calfkill

Calla Lily

Candelabra Cactus

Carolina Horsenettle

Carolina Jessamine

Castor Oil Plant

Castor Bean

Ceriman

Chalice Vine

Charming Dieffenbachia

Cherry

Cherry Laurel

Chicks

Chinaberry Tree

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Inkberry

Chinese Lantern

Choke Cherry

Christmas Flower

Christmas Plant

Christmas Rose

Chrysanthemum

Cineria

Clematis

Climbing Nightshade

Cocklebur

Common Burdock

Common Nightshade

Common Privet

Common Tansy

Coral Plant

Cordatum

Corn Lily

Corn Plant

Cornflower

Cornstalk Plant

Corydalis

Cowslip

Crab's Eye

Creeping Charlie

Crocus

Croton

Crowfoot

Crown of Thorns

Cuban Laurel

Cuckoo Pint

Cultivated Bleeding Heart

Cultivated Larkspur

Cutleaf Philodendron

Cycads

Cyclamen

Cypress Spurge

Daffodil

Daphne

Datura

Day Lily

Deadly Nightshade

Death Camas

Death Cap Mushroom

Delphinium

Destroying Angel Mushroom

Devil's Backbone

Devil's Ivy

Devil's Trumpet

Dieffenbachia

Dogbane

Doll's Eyes

Dracaena Palm

Dragon Tree

Dumbcane

Dutchman's Breeches

Dwarf Larkspur

Easter Flower

Easter Lily

Eggplant

Elaine

Elderberry

Elephant Ears

Emerald Duke

Emerald Feather

Emerald Fern

English Ivy

English Yew

Ergot

Eucalyptus

Euphorbia

European Bittersweet

Everlasting Pea

False Cactus

False Hellbore

Feverfew

Ficus

Fiddle-leaf Fig

Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron

Fiddleneck

Flag

Flamingo Plant

Flax

Fleur-de-lis

Florida Beauty

Fly Agaric

Four O'Clock

Foxglove

Foxtail Barley

Fruit Salad Plant

Gelsemium

Geranium

German Ivy

Ghost Weed

Giant Dumbcane

Gill-Over-The-Ground

Glacier Ivy

Gladiola

Glory Lily

Gold Dieffenbachia

Gold Dust Dracaena

Golden Chain

Golden Pothos

Grapes

Green Dragon

Green False Hellebore

Green Gold Nephthysis

Ground Ivy

Groundsel

Hahn's Self-branching English Ivy

Heartleaf

Heartland Philodendron

Heavenly Bamboo

Hellebore

Hemlock

Henbane

Hens-and-Chicks

Holly

Horse Nettle

Horse Chestnut

Horsebrush

Horsehead Philodendron

Horsetail

Hurricane Plant

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

Impatiens

Indian Poke

Indian Rubber Plant

Indian Turnip

Inkberry

Iris

Ivies

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jamestown Weed

Janet Craig Dracaena

Japanese Show Lily

Japanese Yew

Jasmine

Jatropha

Java Bean

Jequirity Bean

Jerusalem Cherry

Jessamine

Jimson Weed

Johnson Grass

Jonquil

Juniper

Kalanchoe

Klamath Weed

Laburnum

Lace Fern

Lacy Tree Philodendron

Lambkill

Lantana

Lantana Camara

Larkspur

Laurel

Lilies

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lima Bean

Locoweed

Lords and Ladies

Lucerne

Lupine

Macadamia Nut

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Majesty

Mandrake

Marble Queen

Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Mauna Loa Peace Lily

Mayapple

Mescal Bean

Mexican Breadfruit

Mexican Poppy

Milk Bush

Milkweed

Milo

Miniature Croton

Mistletoe

Mock Orange

Monkshood

Moonseed

Morning Glory

Mother-in-Law Tongue

Mountain Laurel

Mushrooms

Nap-at-Noon

Narcissus

Needlepoint Ivy

Nephthytis

Nightshade

Nutmeg

Oaks

Oleander

Onion

Orange Day Lily

Panda

Panther Cap Mushroom

Parlor Ivy

Peace Lily

Peach

Pennyroyal

Peony

Periwinkle

Peyote

Philodendron

Pie Plant

Pimpernel

Pin Cherry

Pinks

Plumosa Fern

Poinsettia

Poison Hemlock

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Poison Weed

Pokeweed

Poppy

Potato

Pothos

Precatory Bean

Prickly Poppy

Primrose

Privet

Quaker Bonnets

Queensland Nut

Ragwort

Raisins

Red Clover

Red Emerald

Red Lily

Red Margined Dracaena

Red Maple

Red Princess

Red Sage

Red-Margined Dracaena

Rhododendron

Rhubarb

Ribbon Plant

Richweed

Rosary Pea

Rosemary

Rubrum Lily

Saddle Leaf

Sago Palm

Satin Pothos

Schefflera

Scotch Broom

Scouringrush

Senecio

Sensitive Fern

Sheep Laurel

Silver Queen

Singletary Pea

Skunk Cabbage

Snake Plant

Snapdragon

Snow on the Mountain

Snowdrop

Soapwort

Sorghum

Spathiphyllum

Split-leaf Philodendron

Spotted Cowbane

Spotted Dumb Cane

Spotted Water Hemlock

Spring Amanita

Spurges

Squirrelcorn

Squirreltail Barley

St. Johnswort

Staggerweed Star Jasmine

Star of Bethlehem

Stargazer Lily

Stinging Nettle

String of Pearls

Straight Margined Dracaena

Striped Dracaena

Sudan Grass

Sweet Cherry

Sweet Pea

Sweetheart Ivy

Swiss Cheese Plant

Syngonium

Tangier Pea

Tansy Ragwort

Taro Vine

Tarweed

Texas Mountain Laurel

Thornapple

Tiger Lily

Tinsel Tree

Tobacco (leaves)

Tolguacha - flowering

Tomato

Touch-me-not

Tree Philodendron

Tri-Leaf Wonder

Trillium

Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia

Trumpet Lily

Trumpet Vine

Tulip

Tung Oil Tree

Umbrella Plant

Variable Dieffenbachia

Variegated Philodendron

Variegated Wandering Jew

Velvet Lupine

Venus Flytrap

Verbena

Vinca Vine

Virginia Creeper

Walnuts

Wandering Jew

Warneckei Dracaena

Water Hemlock

West Indian Lantana

White Clover

White Hellebore

White Sanicle

White Snakeroot

Wild Barley

Wild Black Cherry

Wild Bleeding Heart

Wisteria

Wolfsbane

Wood Lily

Wood Nettle

Yellow Jasmine

Yellow Oleander 

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