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Plants Poisonous to Cats


Many of us love to decorate our homes with lush, green plants, and if you are like me, you prefer the live variety to silk or plastic. The downside to live plants, however, is that many of them are toxic to cats in one degree or another. Cats love to chew plants, so if you have any on this list, it's best to display them in a way that keeps them (and your cats) out of harm's way.

The following is a partial list of plants that are poisonous or hazardous to your cats, including some popular holiday plants. This list is by no means exhaustive, but will be updated from time-to-time, so bookmark this page.

If You Think Your Cat Has Been Poisoned

Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at one of the numbers below
1-900-443-0000 ($45.00 per case. The charge is billed directly to caller's phone.)
1-888-426-4435. $45.00 per case, credit card only.)
Follow-up calls can be made for no additional charge by dialing 888-299-2973.

Indoor Plants

Plant Common NameEffects/Symptoms
AmaryllisStomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea)
AzaleaIncoordination, trembling, collapse
Cactus Punctures skin, infection
Caladium Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head, difficulty breathing
Creeping CharlieVomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps
Easter LilyAll parts can cause kidney failure
Dieffenbachia Affects central nervous system
Ivy Vomiting, diarrhea, excitable behavior
Mistletoe Ingesting berries can cause vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth, difficulty breathing
Philodendron Same as Caladium
Poinsettia Same as Mistletoe
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