Plants are a great way to add finishing touches to your home, but did you know they may also be a death trap for your cats? There are many plants that are poisonous to cats. Here’s a list of plants that are a no-go when redecorating your space:
Most lilies are lethal to cats. Any lily that’s a part of the Lilium group – think Easter lilies, stargazer lilies and asiatic lilies – has a chemical that is toxic to our feline friends. In fact, they’re so poisonous that a cat can suffer fatal kidney failure just from biting into a lily leaf or petal, licking lily pollen from its paws or drinking water from a vase with cut lilies in it.
If you think your cat has chewed or eaten even a bite of a lily, go to the animal hospital immediately.
Although it’s pretty and smells great, eucalyptus is dangerous for cats. If ingested, it can cause cats to suffer seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea among other symptoms. Use eucalyptus essential oil in a sealed container instead to get your fix while keeping your cat safe.
While some ripe nightshades like tomatoes may be an okay occasional snack for felines, it’s best to stay away from having a tomato plant at home as they can be toxic. Its leaves, stems and unripe fruit are unsafe for your kitty causing serious stomach problems. Other nightshade plants include eggplant or the bittersweet nightshade flower.
Cannabis – the plant or product – is dangerous to cats. Although cats are likely to recover from minimal THC intoxication, like second-hand smoke (yes, you read that right), it’s best to seal and store any cannabis products away from your cat. THC intoxication symptoms include dilated pupils, lack of coordination, vomiting and even coma.
Azaleas & Rhododendrons
Azaleas and other plants of the Rhododendron family are a beautiful floral accent to your yard. However, just a few leaves can make your cat incredibly sick. It’s full of the toxin grayanotoxin, which is lethal to cats in a small dose that can result in cardiac failure.
While in some cases, just parts of a plant – bark, leaves, seeds, berries, roots, tubers, spouts, green shells – might be poisonous, it’s best to not have them around. If you must have any of them, keep them safely out of reach. Read a list of all plants that are dangerous to cats here.
If your cat gets sick, take the plant with you to help the vet identify the source of the poisoning and make an accurate treatment plan.
Cat Poisoning Symptoms
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Twitching or seizures
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of coordination
If you see or think your cat ate something poisonous, call the veterinarian immediately.
Overall, you’re welcome to have greenery in your home to add that special touch to your space. Just remember to stay informed on what species are safe for your kitty for a cozy home for you and your furry friend!