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Plants that are Poisonous to Cats

Cats love to chew on all types of plants, but there are many indoor and outdoor plants that are toxic for our feline friends. Scroll down to see the full list of toxic plants.

Cat sitting in front of cat-friendly plants in ProtectaPet garden

Be aware of Lillies and Poinsettia for your cat 

    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.

     

    How do I know if my cat has had an allergic reaction to a toxic plant?

      If your cat experiences the following reactions then they won’t necessarily be fatal for your cat, but you should still take them to the vet to receive treatment for the symptoms.

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

      The more serious symptoms that require immediate treatment from your vet 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 a vomit and/or diarrhoea sample.

       

      How can I stop my cat ingesting toxic plants?

        • Familiarise yourself with the plants in your garden and home 
        • Remove any plants found on our list below 
        • Make cat grass, garden grass and non toxic plants available to your cat, such as cat mint 
        • Consider having installed or constructing a Catio, Cat Enclosure or Cat Fence Barriers by ProtectaPet 

        Letting your cat explore the outdoors safely and in the confines of the space you have pre-determined allows you to ensure there are no toxic plants available to them. 

        If your garden is non-toxic but you are worried about your cat entering a neighbouring garden who may have toxic plants, then our fence top barriers will allow them to explore the whole garden without any risk. 

        Or if you have plants you don’t want to get rid of, consider a Catio or Enclosure to segment your garden. 

        All options available to order for DIY through our online shop or contact us for a quote for installation.

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        Check out the full list of poisonous and toxic plants 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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