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Toxic (to Pets) Plants

By SongofJoy
February 13, 2012

Gardeners love their plants and their pets. Many popular house plants such as Ivy and Philodendron are poisonous to cats. The following list contains a few of the more common house plants toxic to them: Arrowhead Fern, Amaryllis, Anthurium, Avocado, Cactus, Caladium, Chrysanthemum, Creeping Fig, Crocus, Croton, Daffodil, Dieffenbachia, Euphorbias, Fiddleleaf Fig, Holly, Hydrangea, Ivy, Easter Lily (most lilies are highly toxic to cats), Mistletoe, Narcissus, Philodendron, Tomato leaves.

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Iochroma
Feb 13, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Sadly the author of this list does not have accurate information. It should be ignored and readers should seek out better information.
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 7:52 AM CST
Our veterinarian is the trusted source for that list. What are your sources, please?
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chelle
Feb 13, 2012 8:06 AM CST
SongofJoy said:What are your sources, please?


I'll second this request.

Which of the plants listed here does your source note as not being poisonous to cats?

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ssgardener
Feb 13, 2012 8:47 AM CST
What's frustrating for me is that my cat doesn't seem to realize what's poisonous and what's not. If any plant has long, grass-like leaves, she chomps down. She'll vomit and get lethargic, but if given the opportunity, she'll eat poisonous plants literally to death. Shrug!

I don't get this at all. If I got sick immediately after eating something, I'd start avoiding that thing.
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plantladylin
Feb 13, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Tee: Thumbs up Thank you for posting this great tip! People should be very aware that many plants are toxic to cats and dogs and some plants are more toxic/poisonous than others. I think with certain plants the amount of damage to the animal would depend on the size of the animal and how much of the poisonous plant they have ingested. Plants with limited toxic qualities may only make a feline quite ill for a time with no lasting results but there are some plants that are highly toxic and can cause seizures and death. I'd advise anyone with pets to watch their animal friends and train them not to munch on foliage or blooms of any plant ... just to be on the safe side.

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has lists of plants that are toxic to dogs, cats, horses etc. This is the link to the ASPCA list of plants that are toxic to felines:

http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.aspx?pla...

If you click on a plant it will give the toxic ingredients as well as symptoms the animal may be exhibiting from ingesting parts of the plant.

For those with canines, you can also access the toxic plant list for dogs there too.
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plantladylin
Feb 13, 2012 9:01 AM CST
ssgardener: I know what you mean. At one time I had five cats in the household and for some reason only one of them was insistent on munching on my houseplants. She seemed to think it was her own private salad bar! I tried a spray bottle with water which worked for a very short time, then she got to the point where she thought that was a game and would stand next to the plant stand and stare at me with the water sprayer in my hand. If I saw her bite a leaf I'd spray her and she'd run away. But within minutes she'd come back, sit down right next to the plant, look right at me and squint her eyes waiting for me to spray her again.

I've always grown cat mint (catnip) and cat grass (which I think is rye seed) for my cats, and all the other felines loved it but that one cat was stubborn and only wanted my house plants! She didn't have a preference for a particular plant either, she wanted to chew any and all of them. I finally had to banish her for life from the room where the plants were located. I also had hundreds of container and hanging plants on the deck and she was allowed out there but only with supervision, LOL. Some felines can be quite stubborn and I used to think that cat was quite stupid for eating something that made her sick but she was really a pretty smart kitty. I don't know why she would continue to chew on plants unless it was just a habit/addiction she couldn't break. The one old kitty remaining in my family now has never attempted to munch on any plant.
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 9:07 AM CST
I couldn't agree more, Lin. Thanks for posting that. As with humans, certain things are more toxic to certain cats. In my personal experience with a whole lot of cats, I have never had a cat that didn't at some time or the other "graze" or sample plants. Especially house cats. If you have to make an emergency trip to a veterinarian with your lethargic cat, the first thing you will be asked is, "Could your cat (or dog) have eaten anything poisonous?".

I agree, ss, maybe the instinct to get rid of that fur ball just overpowers everything else in that little cat brain. Glare
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ssgardener
Feb 13, 2012 11:26 AM CST
Yes, Tee and Lin, I love my cat, but "intelligent" is not a word I'd use to describe her. Hilarious!

I want to give her own catgrass for her to graze on but her vet was against it. Shrug!
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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Did he say why?
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ssgardener
Feb 13, 2012 3:24 PM CST
The vet said that catgrass wasn't good for her. Shrug! I really think having it readily available would help with that "OMG I MUST EAT EVERY LEAF" compulsion she has. She did throw up a lot when we grew catgrass awhile ago, but like you said, she may have needed it to get rid of her fur ball.

I have most houseplants out of reach, but I don't grow anything in the lily family because of the toxicity.

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SongofJoy
Feb 13, 2012 3:36 PM CST
I wonder if that was his opinion of catgrass in general or in your cat's particular situation?
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Iochroma
Jun 4, 2012 9:32 AM CST
SongofJoy said:Our veterinarian is the trusted source for that list. What are your sources, please?


Here is a list of some of the books I have, and refer to, when researching plant toxicity:

Clinical Veterinary Toxicology
G. Lorgue, J. Lechenet, Jim Riviere
Wiley-Blackwell 1996

Toxicity of Houseplants
Spoerke, Susan C., Smolinske, David G.
CRC Press, 1990

International Poisonous Plants Checklist: An Evidence-Based Reference
D. Jesse Wagstaff
CRC Press, 2008

Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants
Lewis S. Nelson, Richard D. Shih, Michael Balick
New York Botanic Garden / Springer Science, 2007

Poisonous Plants: A Handbook for Doctors, Pharmacists, Toxicologists, Biologists and Veterinarians
Dietrich Frohne, Hans Jurgen Pfander, Patrick McKinney (Editor), Inge Alford (Translator)
Timber Press, 2005

'Mind-Altering and Poisonous Plants of the World'
Michael Wink, Ben-Erik van Wyk
Timber Press 2008

I also have an extensive library of horticultural and botanical references. The first work is most pertinent.
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SongofJoy
Nov 10, 2013 4:51 PM CST
And old.
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