Cats 101: Toxic Plants to Cats You Need to Stay Away From

By Kelsey Apley 1 year agoNo Comments

Cats are curious and get into things we may not always want them to. But having plants that are toxic to your kitty isn’t good. I have compiled a list of toxic plants to cats you might want to look over to make sure you don’t have any in your home. If ingested these plants can make your kitty sick, have negative effects on vital organs and more.

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What To Watch For

There are numerous plants that can cause small reactions while others can be deadly. Gastrointestinal issues are the biggest one along with redness and inflammation, swelling, and itchiness around the face, nose, mouth areas.

Other Symptoms to Look For

  • Excessive Drinking or Using Bathroom
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting
  • Drooling or Seems to Struggle Swallowing
  • Difficult Breathing
  • Lethargic

List of Toxic Plants to Cats

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  • Amaryllis
  • Aloe Vera
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Alocasia
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Azalea Baby’s Breath
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Buttercup Cactus
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Branching Ivy
  • Castor Bean
  • Calla Lily
  • Clematis
  • Daffodil
  • Elephant Ear
  • English Ivy
  • Evergreen Ferns
  • Geranium
  • German Ivy
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Marigold
  • Mistletoe
  • Mother-in Law’s Tongue
  • Morning Glory
  • Oleander
  • Pencil Cactus
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos
  • Rubber Plant
  • Sago Palm
  • Tomato Plant
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs
  • Yew

What To Do If Your Cat Eats Some of A Plant

If you have one of these plants in your home or see your cat with a symptom listed above, head to the veterinarian right away. The sooner the better so they can determine the best treatment for your cat. If your cat has some of the plants on them or stuck in their fur, remove the plant pieces, and wash with mild soap and warm water before you head out to prevent the reaction becoming worse.  If you take your cat in to be seen after ingesting some of a plant, take the plant as well, so your vet knows first hand what they are looking at. Whether it is the whole plant or just a clipping so they can see the leaves and easily identify it.


The best route before you buy a plant is to Google the plant name and say “safe for cats” to see if it is a good option to buy for a cat owner. This will give you a quick answer as to if the plant is toxic. There are more plants out there that are toxic to cats, so I always recommend doing a google search.

Are the plants in your home safe for your cats?

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 Kelsey Apley

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I am a city girl who has now moved to the country for a more relaxed lifestyle, with my husband and son! We love to be outdoors in nature, doing crafts, and just taking each day as a new adventure. I am a freelance writer and stay at home mom by day!

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