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 living 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.
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.
|Plant Common Name||Effects/Symptoms|
|Amaryllis||Stomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea)|
|Azalea||Incoordination, trembling, collapse|
|Cactus||Punctures skin, infection|
|Caladium||Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head, difficulty breathing|
|Creeping Charlie||Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps|
|Easter Lily||All parts can cause kidney failure|
|Dieffenbachia||Affects the 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|