Cats are clever animals that like to explore and nibble on plants. But sometimes they are not so clever to assume that some of the plants are poisonous to them. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to protect our pet cats from ingesting poisonous plants. Some of the plants you will see on the info-graphic below can be found as indoor plants and garden plants. Make sure your cat can’t reach them if you have any in your home or garden.
Poisonous Plants for Cats
Most of these plants are irritants and will provoke symptoms visible on the skin, mouth (inflammation, foaming) or the stomach (vomiting).
Below is a list of the plants you should avoid having in your home or your garden if you have a cat.
If you notice any of the symptoms above, contact your veterinarian ASAP.
Be aware that ingesting even a small amount of some plants can lead to fatal result for a cat. On the other hand, some plants that are toxic to cats need larger amount to be ingested to cause poisoning symptoms.
In case your cat gets in contact with any of these plants, or you suspect that the cat might have ingested some part of the poisonous plant, make sure you remove any of the plant from the mouth, skin or hair, only if you can do it safely. Monitor your cat closely and take it to the vet ASAP if you see any of the symptoms mentioned above.
Usually, if you take your cat to the vet with certainty that a poisonous plant was ingested, you will need to identify the plant and tell the veterinarian. The veterinarian will give medications that induce vomiting, active charcoal which will absorb all he toxic material that may be in the system.
You can get this Poisonous Plants for Cats info-graphic as a poster for your clinic or classroom.
List of the plants poisonous to cats
- Autumn Crocus
- Castor Bean
- English Ivy
- Peace Lily
- Sago palm
- Spanish Thyme
- Narcissus Bulbs
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