House plants that are poisonous for cats

Have you got a curious kitty who is forever exploring every corner of your home? Well, here are some indoor plants you may want them to avoid.

May 19, 2022

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants have gained popularity over the years thanks to the medicinal properties of the gel from their leaves. But while Aloe may have therapeutic properties for humans, it can cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea if eaten by cats.

Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monsteras are relatively low maintenance, making them an attractive addition to any home. Unfortunately, they also contain insoluble calcium oxalates making them highly toxic to cats. Symptoms include burning of the lips and mouth, excessive drooling, oral swelling, and vomiting.  

Jade Plant (Money Plant)  

A succulent which is supposed bring fortune and good luck to their owners – unfortunately they are not so lucky for cats. They are highly toxic causing symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, depression, and incoordination if ingested.

Easter Lily

Eating small amounts of any part of this plant can lead to a cat's death from kidney failure if not treated by a vet within 18 hours. One to keep out of the house.

Snake Plant

Snake plants, often referred to as ‘mother-in-law's tongue’ are well-known as one of the best plants for low light conditions, and for improving air quality – but they are not so healthy for cats as they can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea if ingested.  

Philodendron

One of the most popular indoor plants, but if you cat decides to sample it, it can cause burning and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat, plus vomiting and diarrhoea.  

These are just a few examples of popular indoor plants that can be dangerous to cats. For a more comprehensive list, the RSPCA recommends visiting: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

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