Skip to main content

7 House Plants That Are Toxic To Cats

  • Author:
  • Updated date:

Kit happily writes articles on almost any topic you could hope for. When he's not knee-deep in programming, he enjoys chilling with his cat

Two Happy Cats

Two Happy Cats

What causes these reactions in cats?

Many plants are beautiful, but some are toxic to cats. Lilies, for instance, are poisonous. They contain saponins, a chemical compound that upsets the digestive system. The tubers of the Cyclamen plant contain the highest concentrations of saponins. Your cat will suffer from drooling, seizures, and even cardiac problems if it ingests any part of the plant. In severe cases, it may even die if ingested.

Many of the plants on this list contain compounds called raphide oxalate, which is harmful to cats. This chemical irritates the mouth and causes drooling, swelling, and red or watery eyes. If your cat swallows a plant containing this chemical, it may develop gastrointestinal irritation and symptoms such as difficulty breathing, excessive drinking, frequent urination, and vomiting. If your cat ingests a plant containing this chemical, immediately remove it and move it to a safe room until you can diagnose the cause of the symptom.

Sweetheart Ivy Variety

Sweetheart Ivy Variety

1 Sweetheart Ivy

Amaryllis is a plant in the Liliaceae family and can be poisonous to cats. This plant contains toxin tropane alkaloids that cause symptoms such as dilated pupils, increased heart rate, respiratory failure, and diarrhea. Amaryllis is also toxic to dogs, but its toxicity is mild to moderate. However, it can still cause gastrointestinal irritation.

If your cat consumes ivy, take them to the veterinarian as soon as you notice the symptoms. Symptoms of poison ivy in cats vary depending on the amount of ivy ingested. However, if the cat has eaten a large quantity of the plant, symptoms will generally be more than mild. If the ivy has made it into the cat's mouth, it will lead to blisters and sores. Your veterinarian will also perform a metabolic profile test to determine if your cat has suffered an allergic reaction to it.

A common plant that's not poisonous to humans is grape ivy. However, grape ivy contains a substance known as saponins, which act similar to laxatives. If your cat ingests it, they'll experience lethargy, depression, vomiting, and diarrhea, and lose their appetite. If you see these symptoms, you should contact an animal poison control hotline right away.

Sago Palm Plant

Sago Palm Plant

2 Sago palm

If your cat has ingested Sago's palm, you should immediately seek emergency veterinary care. The toxin found in Sago palm plants is cycasin, which goes directly to the liver. This toxin can cause neurological disorders, abnormal bleeding, and even liver damage, which can be fatal. In severe cases, liver failure may result, and your cat may experience long-term damage. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Sago palm poisoning.

Toxins in the Sago's palm are particularly toxic to cats. The most harmful portion of the plant is the seed, but all parts of the plant are toxic. Ingesting Sago's palm can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and damage to the central nervous system.

The symptoms of Sago palm poisoning will typically appear several hours after the incident. A pet suffering from Sago palm poisoning may exhibit diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy. Sago palms are common ornamental plants in warm climates, but they pose a significant health risk to pets in cold climates.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

3 Kalanchoe

The symptoms of kalanchoe poisoning in cats are similar to the signs of ingesting a small amount of the plant. Your cat may experience abdominal pain, restlessness, and excessive slobbering. However, there are some serious complications that may result if your cat ingests significant amounts of the plant. It may also cause cardiac effects. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately visit a veterinarian.

While kalanchoe is a common houseplant in home gardens, you should remember that it is highly toxic to your cat. The plant's flowers contain high concentrations of glycosides, which cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms. There are more than 125 varieties of the plant, and some of them can be fatal to your pet. To avoid poisoning your pet, never have it in your house.

Mandrakes

Mandrakes

4 Mandrake root

The mandrake plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times. Despite its toxicity, it's highly prized in its native Mediterranean habitat. To avoid its deadly poison, mandrake is a delicate plant. To divide the plant, it must be handled with care. When disturbed, the root splits into human-looking shapes, but be sure to keep your cat well away from it.

The poisonous root of the Mandrake plant is made up of a chemical called atropine. This chemical interferes with the parasympathetic system, which is responsible for relaxing the body, slowing breathing and heartbeat, and stimulating digestion. Atropine blocks the receptors for acetylcholine, which means it interferes with nerve cell communication.

This plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. The roots are toxic to cats and dogs. The plant's fruit is not edible to them. Azaleas and mandrake plants are both in the same family. The plant can cause digestive problems and pain. Some parts of the plant are non-toxic, while other parts can be very toxic. Also, many plants within the same family may be toxic. Be sure to check out other species in that family.

Scroll to Continue

Despite its toxic nature, mandrake has some historical roots. Its root resembles the human body, and it's said to have been used as a fertility cure by ancient Hebrews. The Bible even mentions the plant. In the medieval world, mandrake was regarded as the "Viagra of the middle world."

If your cat eats this plant, you'll want to contact your veterinarian immediately. It's very dangerous to your cat, and it's vital to get it to a vet as soon as possible. Cats don't normally eat enough Mandrake to kill them, so it's unlikely that they'll eat enough to be poisoned. If you do find your cat in this situation, don't worry, your vet can prescribe a medicine to treat the condition.

Euphorbia House Plant

Euphorbia House Plant

5 Euphorbia

A succulent plant, Euphorbia is native to Africa and Madagascar. Despite its name, the plant is not wildly toxic. Its sap, however, can irritate the mouth, tongue, and throat, resulting in vomiting and an upset stomach. Kalanchoes, a popular houseplant, are highly poisonous to cats and dogs. The sap, known as bufadienolides, can cause severe weakness and abnormal heart rhythm in cats.

Certain types of succulents are toxic to cats, especially the ones with needles or spines. In addition, the sap produced by Euphorbias can irritate the skin, causing vomiting and redness. Moreover, cats may vomit and have diarrhea when they ingest succulent parts or sap. So, it's vital to keep them away from succulents when possible.

Despite its name, this plant can be harmful to cats. Its leaves contain triterpenoid saponins that can upset the gastrointestinal system. Other parts of the plant contain taxines, which affect the cardiovascular system and can cause acute heart failure. Its essential oils, N-propyl disulfide, and lycorine are known to cause severe gastrointestinal upset in cats.

Poinsettias, a member of the Euphorbia family, are not toxic to cats. The commercially available varieties are not toxic, but other members of the large plant family can irritate the skin and mucous membrane. So, keep these plants out of the reach of your feline companions! The benefits outweigh the risks. And, your cat will thank you in the long run!

The plant isn't completely poisonous, but it can irritate your cat's skin. If your cat eats this plant, it may experience skin irritation and hypersensitivity to sunlight. It can also lead to sneezing and even a skin reaction. Cats rarely consume enough of the plant to cause problems. But any of the Senecio family plants can cause skin irritation.

The main symptom of poisoning is vomiting and diarrhea. If your cat becomes lethargic or loses appetite, it should be taken to the vet immediately. If you're unsure of what plant it may have been exposed to, make sure your pet has a label and sample to show the vet. Your vet can identify it from the sample. However, the symptoms of poisoning will vary, but it's important to treat your cat quickly and properly.

Philodendron

Philodendron

6 Philodendron

If you notice signs that your cat has ingested philodendron, seek veterinary attention immediately. The symptoms of philodendron poisoning are usually mild or moderate but may include edema, diarrhea, or increased salivation. Your cat may also experience stomatitis or dysphagia. In severe cases, the animal may require IV fluids and nutritional support.

Activated charcoal can be used to absorb toxins and treat a cat with philodendron poisoning. Activated charcoal is used to absorb toxins from a cat's oral cavity. The treatment will continue until the poison is completely eliminated. The treatment can be very painful for your cat. They may paw at the affected area or even scream or meow or whimper as they try to clear up the toxins.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

7 Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are mildly toxic to cats, but the bulbs can be toxic. Your cat may show signs of amaryllis poisoning, including lethargy, tremors, and a drop in blood pressure. Seeing a veterinarian as soon as possible is essential. He or she can help you expel the plant material from your cat's stomach, and treat your cat's diarrhea and vomiting.

Amaryllis is known to contain several toxic alkaloids. Lycorine is the most common. Any part of the plant may be toxic, but the bulb contains the most toxic compounds. Cats may also exhibit signs of vomiting and diarrhea if they eat amaryllis flowers.

It is commonly sold as a winter plant in the United States. It belongs to the Liliaceae family and has similar toxic effects to the Narcissus group. Other names for amaryllis include Belladonna lily, Naked Lady, and Saint Joseph lily. The bulb is a bulb with two trumpet-shaped flowers. Cats shouldn't be allowed to eat the bulb. If you want to enjoy the flowers of this plant, look for other varieties that are safer.

Amaryllis toxicity symptoms in cats include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, and seizures. In rare cases, the lily can be force-bloomed or trimmed. In addition to Amaryllis, other lilies are poisonous to cats as well. Ingesting them can result in liver failure and kidney damage, and if the condition is not treated promptly, the effects can be permanent.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Kit

Related Articles