As the old saying goes “Curiosity killed the cat” and cats are naturally curious and tend to nibble plants so it is a good idea to be aware of those plants which are toxic. In fact it is most unlikely that a cat will eat enough of a plant to come to serious harm. I found an article by Nikki Phipps over at the Gardening Know How website which discusses this problem. Her article contains a list of plants which can harm your pet and the symptoms you are likely to see. The list is in three parts describing Mildly Toxic Plants, Moderately Poisonous and Severely Toxic.
Like dogs, cats are curious by nature and will occasionally get themselves into trouble on account of this. While cats do feast on a great many plants, especially those found in the home, they are usually less likely to feed on an entire plant as most dogs will. Nonetheless, you should always be aware of toxic plants to cats in order to prevent any future issues in and around the home so you can keep your feline friends healthy and safe.
Poisonous Plants for Cats
There are numerous plants that are poisonous to cats. Since there are so many plants toxic to cats, I?ve chosen to split them into groups of the most common poisonous plants having mild, moderate, or severe effects.
Mildly Toxic Plants to Cats
Although there are many types of plants that can be toxic to cats, most may actually be found in or around the home. Here are some of the most common plants poisonous to cats with mild symptoms:
- Philodendron, Pothos, Dieffenbachia, Peace lily, Poinsettia ? Whether it comes from chewing on or ingesting the plants, all of these can lead to mouth and throat irritation, drooling and vomiting. Note: Massive amounts of poinsettias must be ingested before symptoms occur.
- Ficus and Snake (Mother-in-laws tongue) plants can result in vomiting and diarrhea, while Dracaena (corn plant) may cause vomiting, drooling, and staggering. Jade carries the same symptoms in addition to depression.
- Aloe plants can result in vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and staggering.
- Did you know that catnip can be mildly toxic too? While it?s normal for cats to appear ?drunk? or somewhat ?wild? when nibbling on the plant, too much within a short time can also result in vomiting and diarrhea.