Plants Poisonous to Cats

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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 live 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.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but will be updated from time-to-time, so bookmark this page.

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.

Indoor Plants

Plant Common NameEffects/Symptoms
AmaryllisStomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea)
AzaleaIncoordination, trembling, collapse
CactusPunctures skin, infection
CaladiumNausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking head, difficulty breathing
Creeping CharlieVomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps
Easter LilyAll parts can cause kidney failure
DieffenbachiaAffects central nervous system
IvyVomiting, diarrhea, excitable behavior
MistletoeIngesting berries can cause vomiting, diarrhea, blistering in the mouth, difficulty breathing
PhilodendronSame as Caladium
PoinsettiaSame as Mistletoe