These Common Houseplants Pose a Serious Risk to Your Cat’s Health

By March 22, 2015Uncategorized

Having a house full of beautiful plants is everyone’s dream, but if you are a cat owner there are is a long list of plants that you must be sure to avoid keeping. Unfortunately, many common houseplants are harmful to cats depending on the amount swallowed.

Because many cats have the tendency to chew plants that are within their reach, it is important for you to be aware of the houseplants that are dangerous to your cat’s health.
Tips for Keeping Your Cat from Nibbling on Houseplants

When your cat chews on houseplants, he or she is being exposed to chemical pesticides or fertilizers that may have been applied directly to the plants or into the soil before you bought them. A couple of tips to keep your cat from eating your houseplants are as follows:

  • Mist the leaves with cayenne pepper
  • Plant a container of safe grass for your cat
  • If your cats like digging in your pots, craft a cover for the soil (out of needlepoint canvas or some other material) so that they cannot access the soil
  • Keep hanging pots out of reach

Our List of Houseplants Toxic to Cats is Far from Exhaustive

There are more than 700 types of plants that contain toxic substances that may be harmful to your cat’s health, which is a daunting number. Because many houseplants have several different names, it is important for you to do your research and ensure the plant you are thinking about bringing home will not pose a threat to your cat.

We have compiled a list of the most common toxic plants to cats, but please keep in mind that this list is far from exhaustive:

  • Plants of the lily family (including Easter and stargazer lilies)
  • Asparagus fern
  • Corn plant
  • Dieffenbachia (also known as dumb cane)
  • Elephant ear (also known as caladium, taro, pai, ape, cape, via, via sori, or malanga)
  • Cyclamen (also known as sowbread)
  • Heartleaf philodendron
  • Jade plant
  • Aloe plant
  • Satin pothos (also known as silk pothos)

To learn more about which plants are dangerous to your cat, please visit this site.

Symptoms of poisoning from houseplants range from seizures and foaming at the mouth to vomiting. If you notice any of these signs or think your cat may have ingested a toxic substance, it is important for you to contact your vet or emergency vet immediately. – by Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital

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