Plants Toxic to Cats.
I was just watching DIY and they were saying that lillies are toxic to cats. I was unaware of this and recalled that there was recently a thread about lillies! So - here is a complete list of plants (mostly houseplants) that are toxic to your cat. FYI - lillies are the most toxic!
Plants Poisonous to Cats
Almond (Pits of)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Avacado (fuit and pit)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves)
Cherry, most wild varieties
Crown of Thorns
Easter Lily *
Fruit Salad Plant
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier IvyGolden Chain
Gold Dust Dracaena
Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Indian Rubber Plant
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily *
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Oriental Lily *
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Swiss Cheese plant
Tiger Lily *
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
e.g. Japanese Yew
Thanks Lavender - I turned these into stickies - Marko
:eek: they've been chewing on the aloe verae (that one surprises me). I had no idea the list was quite that long. Thanks.
Thanks for these.
This is why I only have artifisal plants in my apartment. I actually at the shelter, started printing copies for owners to take home...for both cats and dogs. If I don't do it, the shelter staff won't.
That is a great list LavenderRott.
Here is a supplemental list made by the ASPCA. You can also click on the plant and it will provide symptoms as well as pictures of the plants.
My kitten Elphin only 'lightly chewed' the ends of this plant and had loose stools (almost liquid) for 10 days... He also regurgitated (a white foamy mess, of half melted ice cream consistancy) a few times the day it happened. Elphin is now doing very good!!! The plant is also now hanging high away from his reach!!!
Thanks for this! My last cat, Harley, used to chew on my Aloe Vera. This would have been 20 years ago, but people told me then it was good for him. He must not have eaten enough to hurt him, but still nice to know now!
Wow! LONG list, that! Thanks for posting! :)
The problem with these lists is that they don't usually tell you which parts of the plants are toxic, or how much a cat has to ingest for it to be toxic, or what the level of toxicity is. For instance, honeysuckle is on the list but it's actually only the berries of the Japanese honeysuckle vine that are an issue. And a cat would have to eat a fair amount for it to have an effect. Otherwise, the honeysuckle wood itself is a fun intoxicant for cats along the lines of catnip.
And then there's aloe vera. The "toxic" part is only found in the cells just underneath the rind of the leaves. A large amount of these cells would have to be consumed, which isn't likely unless you have a really weird cat. The toxic effect [I]might[/I] consist of short-term digestive upset, which is hardly life-threatening. So ya, it's good to be cautious, but take these lists with a grain of salt. It's probably not necessary to ban everything on it from your existence. Know your cat, and research the plant further if you have any doubts.
I came to this forum because I'm looking for info about poisonous plants. My cat is just recovering from a serious illness that might have been triggered by lily poisoning. Fortunately, he is better but I want to make sure that this does not repeat itself. We will get rid of the lilies, but I want to make sure there is nothing else that might be dangerous. Unfortunately, the cat's interest for plants is above average - he bites and chews on everything.
I saw the list, but as other respondents have noted, it is very long. If I have to eliminate all of them, I will only have grass in the garden or the cat will never go outside because I see no way we can keep track of all this...Moreover, he spent several months in the garden without any problem (before we brought in the lilies :wall: ) I suspect those plants have a very different level of toxicity. The one I'm concerned about now is hydrangea - some sites say they are moderately toxic, other seem to indicate that they can be very dangerous. Do you have any idea?
[QUOTE=arkona;808242]My cat is just recovering from a serious illness that might have been triggered by lily poisoning. [/quote]
Oh no, that's horrible! I'm glad to hear he's recovered.
[QUOTE=arkona;808242]The one I'm concerned about now is hydrangea - some sites say they are moderately toxic, other seem to indicate that they can be very dangerous. Do you have any idea?[/QUOTE]
I prefer this list of poisonous plants, as it indicates what parts are poisonous and what the effects are. It also lists plants that ARE safe, so you don't have to have a completely barren garden. [url]http://www.minitaly.com/floppy/txt/Plants_and_Cats.htm#alphabetical0[/url]
I wouldn't worry too much about the Hydrangea unless your cat is really munching on it. It's considered an irritant more than poisonous and would have to be consumed in large quantities (at which point, GI upset is the symptom). Lilies are far more toxic to cats and those for sure should be avoided.
[QUOTE=sugarcatmom;808285]Oh no, that's horrible! I'm glad to hear he's recovered.[/QUOTE]
Thank you :) He's almost normal now but it's been a very tough week. We really had no idea for the lilies - but they are gone. We will certainly pay more attention now to what he bites in the garden and maybe try to break the habit. Thank you for the information on hydrangea.
my cat ate a tiger lily yesterday afternoon. the outcoe could be kidney failure. has anyone had this issue and if so what did you do and how did it turn out? i took her to the vet but am terrified she won't be okay!
[QUOTE=jamiexof;828197]my cat ate a tiger lily yesterday afternoon. the outcoe could be kidney failure. has anyone had this issue and if so what did you do and how did it turn out? i took her to the vet but am terrified she won't be okay![/QUOTE]
My 2 cats each ate 1/2 an oriental lily leaf a year ago (a present...I don't keep house plants because of the cats). I called Animal Poison Control and they told me to get them to a vet hospital immediately and they would contact the hospital to let them know how to proceed. Once there, they were fed charcoal which evidently acted as a magnate for the toxins and their stomachs were pumped. They were put on IV's immediately to flush out their systems. They remained on IV's in the hospital for 3 days. The vet told us that it was fortunate that we got them in so quickly or the result could have been kidney failure. They seem fine today and the vet told us that the cats could function well even if they had slight kidney damage. But I still worry in case there is some lasting damage. The cost was almost $3500, but, of course, worth every cent to save them. Hope your kitty is ok.
[QUOTE=sugarcatmom;800094]The problem with these lists is that they don't usually tell you which parts of the plants are toxic, or how much a cat has to ingest for it to be toxic, or what the level of toxicity is... [/QUOTE]
I could not agree more, and I think this leads to more danger. These lists are so "comprehensive" that people may tend to give up on trying to find a "safe" plant and end up getting something extremely dangerous, like a lily. All parts of the lily are dangerous, by the way, including the pollen that falls off the flowers. Another bad one is Sweet Peas.
However, many of these will cause nothing more than some redness or irritation of the mouth. I wish someone would compile a much better list where the most dangerous plants are highlighted because it would be much safer for pet owners to know which plants must absolutely be kept away from our pets. It would be a shame if someone were to hide away an aloe vera while keeping an easter lily within reach.
This website has a list of both toxic and non-toxic plants .....
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