What Green Plants Are Poisonous to Cats

Cats, known for their playful and curious nature, may often find themselves interacting with houseplants or outdoor vegetation. This scenario presents a significant issue as many types of green plants are toxic to cats, carrying the potential for serious health problems. How do these toxicities occur?

Cats might get toxic plant seeds or pollen trapped in their fur or on their paws, and these harmful substances are then ingested during grooming. In some cases, a cat may directly consume a poisonous plant for fun as part of their exploratory instincts.

List of Green Plants Harmful to Cats

Green Plants Harmful to Cats

The variety of plants toxic to cats is broad and surprisingly common. Some of the most commonly found plants include:

  1. Spring bulbs
  2. Amaryllis
  3. Autumn Crocus
  4. Azaleas and Rhododendrons
  5. Castor Bean
  6. Chrysanthemum
  7. Daffodils
  8. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
  9. English Ivy
  10. Hyacinths
  11. Kalanchoe
  12. Lily (entire plant)
  13. Lily of the Valley
  14. Marijuana
  15. Oleander
  16. Peace Lily
  17. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
  18. Sago Palm
  19. Spanish Thyme
  20. Tulip
  21. Yew

For every variety listed, all parts of these green plants are toxic, and specific plants, like the Lily, are particularly dangerous since even a small exposure can lead to fatal kidney failure in less than three days.

Are Pothos Toxic to Cats?

Yes, Devil’s Ivy, more commonly known as Pothos, is indeed hazardous to cats. It is among the variety of plants that are dangerous when ingested by felines.

Safeguarding Your Feline Friend from Poisonous Plants

It is crucial to know the risks associated with the plants present in your home or garden. Avoiding the above-mentioned plants can dramatically decrease the risk of plant poisoning for your cat. If you discover your cat eating your houseplants, it is vital to consult with a veterinarian who can provide appropriate treatment.

Cats are generally careful about what they consume, making plant poisoning relatively rare.

However, ensuring that toxic houseplants are out of a playful cat’s reach is a preventive measure that can go a long way in maintaining the health and happiness of your feline companion.

Reyus Mammadli/ author of the article

I have had pets since childhood: cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, geese, chickens, ducks, parrots, aquarium fish and dogs (in the yard). Of course, I constantly encountered diseases of pets and treated them. Glad to be able to share my skills and experience, as well as advice on caring for and adapting these critters and birds.

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