Poisonous Houseplants Every Cat Owner Should Avoid

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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.

Lily
    toxic house plants for cats you should avoid lily lilies 
    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. 

    Daffodil

      Flowers, bulbs, leaves can all be poisonous. Can cause tremors, cardiac arrhythmias, low blood pressure, vomiting

      Hyacint

        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"
            dieffenbachia poisonous plant
            It can cause severe swelling of the mouth and tongue

            Azalea


              Azalea can be fatal by causing cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and central nervous system issues

              Ivy
                ivy poisonous for cats
                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

                Jade

                jade toxic to cats


                Other common toxic plants:

                Chrysanthemum

                Philodendron

                Ficus

                Asparagus Fern

                Pothos

                Hydrangea shrubs

                Mistletoe

                Aloe Vera

                Begonia

                  Signs of poisoning you need to watch out for (but are not limited to):

                  Vomiting
                  Difficulty breathing
                  Salivation
                  Twitching
                  Dilated pupils
                  Diarrhea
                  Loss of appetite
                  Coughing
                  Disoritentation

                  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

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