Many cat owners keep common house plants in their home without realising that they are poisonous. Here is a list of 17 popular houseplants which you should not keep at home (or if your cat is going outdoors - in your garden ) as a responsible cat owner.
You MUST avoid lilies. Lilies are extremely toxic, they can cause death even when rubbing up against it (then licking it off when grooming). Lily pollen can lead to immediate kidney failure.
Flowers, bulbs, leaves can all be poisonous. Can cause tremors, cardiac arrhythmias, low blood pressure, vomiting
They contain alkaloids that can be dangerous
Monstera - "Swiss Cheese"
Even one bite is very toxic (rarely fatal, but can cause severe pain)
Dieffenbachia - "Dumb Cane"
It can cause severe swelling of the mouth and tongue
Azalea can be fatal by causing cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and central nervous system issues
Many species such as English Ivy or Ivy Arum are moderately toxic and can cause severe pain or even death if a sufficient amount of leaves are ingested
Other common toxic plants:
Signs of poisoning you need to watch out for (but are not limited to):
Loss of appetite
If your cat exhibits any of these signs for an unknown reason, call your vet straight away.
For an enhanced list of poisonous indoor and outdoor plants we recommend you to check Cat's Protection's list HERE