What Plants Are Safe For Cat And Ones That Are Toxic?
Whether you have an indoor cat or an outdoor kitty you’ll want to pay attention to what plants you have around. Indoors, make sure to have cat-safe plants and flower and outdoors be aware of what’s around your house or apartment. Here is a list of safe and not so safe plants and flowers to keep your kitty happy and healthy.
Safe Plants And Flowers For Indoors
Bamboo is a great choice for an indoor plant that is safe and pretty. Our top choice for safety!
Spider Plants are easy to grow and are easy to care for. They are cat-friendly and do not require much sunlight.
Palms brighten up the indoors and just like the spider plants require little watering and sunlight. There are many varieties and most pet and cat safe.
African Violets are a beautiful indoor flowering plant that takes little water and sunlight and is 100% safe.
Christmas Cactus is a great choice with vibrant flowers and again low maintenance.
Phalaenopsis Orchid is the most common Orchid you’d see in a flower shop and are a fantastic choice.
Safe Outdoor Plants And Flowers
Catnip is, of course, the safest and favorites for cats. It grows easily and is wonderful for their digestion track.
Asters are a great cover for cats to hunt critters or a spot to hide in. Totally safe!
Cosmos is a whispy growing cover plant great for pets and cats.
Scented Geraniums come in many varieties. Perfect for pets and bright and vibrant flowers.
Sunflowers are beautiful and pretty harmless for felines. Bright and pretty easy to grow they are a great outdoor flower.
Impatiens come in many colors and flower shapes. Your cats will be fine around these flowers for sure.
Toxic Indoor Plants For Cats
Asparagus Fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern or lace fern). Stay away from any of these if you have a cat!
Dieffenbachia is a common household plant but very bad for pets as it contains a chemical that is a poisonous deterrent to animals.
Dumb Canes can be found it a lot of houses but not a good choice if you have a cat or dog.
Amaryllis are a bright beautiful house flower that can really hurt your kitty cat. Not good!
Cyclamen is another beautiful flower that grows well indoors but do not be fooled by its looks. This one is no good either!
Poinsettias are a favorite plant during Christmas but should not be in a house with pets!
Poisonous Outdoor Plant To Cats
Ivy is common around houses and building but very bad for cats. If you have any growing around the house beware.
Aloe Vera can be very useful to humans but for cats, it can cause problems.
Elephant Ear grows easily and is a great cover plant but not very good for cats.
Lilies are also common and come in many varieties but can cause harm to pets.
Daffodils are stunning and also pretty common around houses but should be avoided.
Morning Glory can be a fantastic flower to have on a porch or in a garden but toxic to cats.
Signs Your Cat Has Ingested A Toxic Plant
If your cat eats or comes in contact with any of these plants or any other dangerous items, you will need to seek immediate veterinary assistance. We also recommend that you take part in the toxic plant with you for easy identification to help with treatment. If your cat experiences any of these signs, get them to a vet immediately.
- Difficulty breathing (if the airways are affected)
- Drooling or difficulty swallowing (if the mouth, throat, or esophagus is affected)
- Vomiting (if the stomach or intestines are affected)
- Diarrhea (if the intestines or colon are affected)
- Excessive drinking and urinating (if the kidneys are affected)
- Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat (if the heart is affected)
Also, be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. Plants listed as either non-toxic or potentially toxic with mild GI upset as their symptoms are not expected to be life-threatening to your pets.
If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, or if you have any further questions regarding the information contained in this database, contact either your local veterinarian or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.
By: Andy Harms