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Toxic House Plants for Cats Symptoms

Why cats eat plants

Initially, the cat is a wild animal, cut for hunting and rather carnivorous. Nevertheless, it naturally needs plants, if only for vitamins but also for digestion (the vegetable fibres allow it to regurgitate more easily).

As a player, the cat (and especially the kitten) can chew anything he finds in his path, and this can sometimes make him sick or even very sick.

Is there a risk of poisoning my cat?

As with any type of poison or toxic product, the effect and severity of symptoms depend on the amount ingested or the duration of contact. Then, the final impact will depend on the length of time our little feline is cared for.

Cases of heavy poisoning are therefore rarer because the cat, even if curious, will be sensitive to bitter taste, a more unpleasant smell, or other… However, accidents can always happen, so it is best to anticipate the risk and avoid problem plants (or keep them away from your cute cat).

Statistics of cat poisoning by plants

The National Centre for Veterinary Toxicological Information (CNITV) lists cases of intoxication or veterinary calls for intoxication.

In 2015, about 3500 calls concerned cats and 14% of these calls concerned plant poisoning, i.e. 490 cases in 2015, which is very clearly very low compared to the 12.7 million cats in France at the time.

What to do in case of accidental ingestion

In case of ingestion of toxic plants by your cat, it is important to take him urgently to the veterinarian on duty. The latter will take all necessary measures to remove toxins (vomiting, infusion…) and treat wounds if intoxicated by contact.

What are the house plants that are dangerous for cats and kittens and their effects?

As we said in the introduction, this list of risk plants and the list of effects/symptoms are not exhaustive, so feel free to add more in the comments and make any relevant remarks you consider. Also, we give an example picture, but the plant can appear in different forms, so it is important to check the plants and flowers in your apartment or house.

In case of doubt, consult your veterinarian.

The ranking is done in alphabetical order and not about the associated risk.

ALOE VERA

Symptoms/effects: vomiting, diarrhoea.

The plant itself is toxic to cats because it contains Saponin. However, the gel contained in the plant is considered edible.

AMARYLLIS

Symptoms/Effects: lack of coordination, tremors, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The plant is generally toxic by ingestion because it contains lycorine but those are mainly dangerous bulbs.

ANTHURIUM

Symptoms/effects: salivation and diarrhoea, vomiting, bleeding, breathing problems.

The plant is generally very toxic to cats through ingestion and contact. The leaves and trunk contain irritating and toxic latex.

CYCLAMEN

Symptoms/effects: vomiting, diarrhoea, respiratory problems.

The plant is generally toxic by ingestion but it is mainly the bulbs that are dangerous.

DIEFFENBACHIA

Symptoms/Effects: apathy, lack of coordination, tremors, vomiting and diarrhoea, breathing problems/deglutition, kidney damage, skin damage.

The plant is generally very toxic by ingestion and contact: leaves, trunk latex and even top watering.

The leaves and trunk contain irritating and toxic latex.

FICUS

Symptoms/Effects: Vomiting, diarrhoea, oral lesions, kidney damage

The whole plant is very toxic by ingestion and contact.

JACINTHE

Symptoms/effects: vomiting, diarrhoea, oral lesions.

The whole plant is toxic, but the symptoms disappear quite quickly.

JONQUILLES

Symptoms/effects: hypersalivation, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The whole plant is toxic, but the symptoms disappear quite quickly.

Leaves and bulb are globally toxic

Symptoms/effects: hypersalivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, nervous disorders.

The plant is globally very dangerous for your cat (even dried) as well as mud water. Older cats and kittens will be particularly at risk with symptoms usually appearing 6 hours after ingestion.

So be careful during Labor Day!

Symptoms/effects: hypersalivation, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The whole plant is toxic, but the symptoms disappear quite quickly.

Leaves and bulb are globally toxic

PHILODENDRON

Symptoms/Effects: vomiting, diarrhoea, bleeding, respiratory tract involvemen.

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The plant is generally very toxic by ingestion and contact. The leaves and trunk contain irritating and toxic latex.

YUCCA

Symptoms/effects: hypersalivation, paralysis (rarely), coma (very rarely).

The plant is generally very toxic by ingestion.

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