Who doesn’t love a nature-inspired interior, full of greenery? But if you share your home with a pet, then it’s necessary to take in to learn about the types of house plants toxic to cats. Your feline friends would love to treat themselves with a vegetarian meal from time to time, and some plants can have dangerous effects on them.
Is my cat in danger after eating a toxic plant?
A cat can be intoxicated only if she has ingested a large amount of toxic greenery, which is quite rare; especially since cats are careful and picky.
But either way, take as many precautions as possible by avoiding certain plants. Below are some house plants poisonous to cats along with their side effects.
House plants toxic to cats
- Aloe: hemorrhagic diarrhea
- Amaryllis: neurological disorders
- Arum: edema, digestive disorders, coma
- Caladium: irritation of the skin and mucous membranes
- Chlorophytum: kidney damage
- Croton: digestive symptoms after absorption of seeds
- Dieffenbachia: oral edema, risk of asphyxia or blindness, kidney damage, digestive disorders
- Euphorbia pulcherrima or Euphorbia poinsettia (or Christmas star), Euphorbia marginata: skin, oral or eye disorders due to their irritating sap
- Ficus: digestive disorders
- Philodendron: kidney and digestive disorders
- Poinciana or Mimosa from Japan: digestive disorders, tachycardia, convulsions
- Seriman or Monstera deliciosa: edema and dermatitis
- Yucca: hypersalivation, paralysis
What to do if you think your cat is poisoned?
- Go to the vet as soon as possible with a sample of the plant, its name or possibly its photo
- Do not give your cat anything to eat or drink before talking to your veterinarian
- Don’t make your cat vomit
- Do not give her any medication
- Let your cat rest and observe her reactions to communicate them to your veterinarian better.
House plants safe to cats
Here are some beautiful and safe plants that you can decorate your home with without worrying about your cat being harmed.
- Christmas cactus or Schlumbergera: Long flowering, a wide choice of colors, and easy maintenance.
- Boston fern or Nephrolepis: Beautiful, long life, survives poorly lit environments.
- Hoya: Unique, sometimes sweetly scented depending on the variety, drooping style, lives for a long time.
- Pilea: Has a wide variety of leaves (size, shape, texture), easy to grow, inexpensive.
- Peacock plant or Calathea: Very decorative, lives for a long time, easy to maintain.
- Peperomia: Has a wide variety of colors and textures, space-saving plant, easy to grow, very decorative.
- Butterfly orchid: Long flowering, a wide variety of colors, the easiest orchid to grow.
- Tillandsia: Brightly colored winter flowers, rapid growth.