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Toxic Plants to Cats

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Holiday and Seasonal Decorative Plants

  • Amaryllis spp.
  • Chrysanthemum spp.
  • American Mistletoe
    Phoradendron spp.
  • Autumn Crocus
    Colchicum autumnale
  • Bittersweet
    Celastrus spp.
  • Japanese Euonymus
    Euonymus japonicus
  • Holly
    Ilex spp.
  • Christmas Rose
    Helleborus niger
  • Crown of Thorns
    Euphorbia milii
  • Poinsettia
    E. pulcherrima
  • Jerusalem Cherry
    Solanum pseudocapsicum

Common House Plants

  • Azalea spp.
  • Caladiums
    Alocasia spp.
  • Dumb Cane
    Dieffenbachia spp.
  • Hydrangea spp.
  • Japonicum texanum
    Ligustrum spp.
  • Many indoor Ivies
    Hedera helix spp.
  • Ornamental Tobacco
    Nicotiana spp.
  • Paperwhites and other winter forced bulbs
    Narcissus spp.
  • Philodendron spp.
  • Rhododendron Ficus spp.


Common Outdoor Plants

  • Clematis viginiana
  • Cyclamen spp.
  • Hydrangea spp.
  • Lily spp.
  • Narcissus spp.
  • Wisteria spp.
  • Arrowgrass
    Triglochin maritimun
  • Baneberry
    Actea spp.
  • Black Locust
    Robinia pseudoacaria
  • Bleeding Heart
    D. spectabilis
  • Bloodroot
    Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Boston Ivy
    Ampelopsis quinquefolia
  • Boxwood
    Buxus spp
  • Bulb Flowers: Star of Bethlehem, Tulip, Hyacinth, Iris
  • Buttercup
    Ranunculus spp
  • Castor Bean
    Ricinus communis
  • Chinaberry
    Melia azedarach
  • Daphne
    Daphne mezereum
  • Deadly Nightshades (including potato vines, green spots, and tubers)
    Solanum spp
  • Dutchman's Breeches
    Dicentra cucullaria
  • Elderberry
    Sambucus spp
  • False Hellebore
    Veratum viride
  • Foxglove
    Digitalis purpurea
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
    Arisaema triphyllum
  • Jimson Weed Thorn Apple
    Datura spp
  • Horse Chestnut
    Aesculus hippocastanum
  • Indian Tobacco
    Lobelia spp
  • Ground Cherries
    Physalis spp
  • Lantana
    Lantana camara
  • Larkspur
  • Lily of the Valley
    Convallaria majalis
  • Locoweed
    Laburnum spp
  • Lupine Bluebonnet
    Lupinus spp
  • Monkshood
    Aconitum spp
  • Morning Glory
    Ipomoea purpurea
  • Mountain Laurel
    Kalmia latifolia
  • Mushrooms (all outdoor varieties have potential of being toxic)
  • Night-blooming Jasmine
    Cestrum nocturnum
  • Oleander
    Nerium Oleander
  • Onions, Chives, other related plants
    Allium spp
  • Poison Hemlock
    Conium maculatum
  • Poison Oak Poison Ivy
  • Pokeberry
    Phytolacca americana
  • Poppy
    Papaver spp
  • Privet
    Ligustrum vulgare
  • Rhubarb (only the leaves are toxic)
    Rheum rhaponticium
  • Rosary Pea
    Abrus precatorius
  • Stinging Nettle
    Urtica spp
  • Sago Palm
    Cycas revoluta
  • Sweetpea
    Lathyrus spp
  • Tansy Mustard
    Descurainia pinnata
  • Tomato (only the vine is toxic)
    Lycopersicon esculentum
  • Virginia Creeper
    Parthenocissus quinquefolia
  • Wild Cherry, Wild Peach, Wild Apricot, Chokeberry, Almond, Black Cherry
    Prunus spp
  • Yews (especially the berries)
    Taxus spp


Symptoms of Plant Poisoning

  • Continual vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Refusal of food
  • Pale gums or tongue
  • Swollen tongue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Convulsions


What To Do

If your cat is displaying any one or combination of these symptoms it is possible it has injested a poisonous plant. Plant poisoning is dangerous and medical attention should be sought immediately. Try to identify the plant that has been ingested and have its scientific name available when you contact your veterinarian. This information will provide for a quicker diagnosis and treatment of your pet.

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