The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has identified hundreds of plants that can get your cat in trouble. But my article will dive into showing that plants that are unsafe for cats are highly common and can cause obvious complications.
Adopting any animal comes with responsibility. And as I often self-concept, care, and love must go with understanding if I want my little friend to go a long way. For hyperactive pets like cats, your efforts seem to be doubled because curiosity will sometimes cost him/her. Things around your home can be a whole new world to these furry friends. That’s why the danger sometimes comes from the trees in your back garden.
Blacklist Plants That are Unsafe For cats
Spathiphyllum is one of the most popular indoor flowers. The ethereal color of the leaves and flowers and their ease of care make them a very popular choice for those who choose a spring decor. However, this plant contains calcium oxalate. The substance makes your furry friend vomit; irritation of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract; profuse drooling and, in severe cases, difficulty swallowing or breathing if ingested. However, spathiphyllum is completely safe to touch.
2. Aloe Vera
A plant of choice for many families, aloe vera possesses the wonderful healing properties of the gel from their leaves.
Besides, its succulent leaves, after being washed, can be used to make ingredients in many desserts. But if you intend to give your cat a little of this plant, think again because it is toxic to cats and can cause coma, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested.
3. Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa is one of the most suitable tropical houseplants for home decoration thanks to their beautiful tropical foliage. But it’s also one of the plants that are unsafe for cats. Plants require little care, making them an attractive addition to any home.
Unfortunately, betel leaves contain insoluble calcium oxalate which makes them highly toxic to cats. Symptoms include burning lips and mouth; profuse drooling; mouth swelling and vomiting.
4. Epipremnum aureum
Due to its good growth and ease of care, the golden betel nut has become a very attractive ornamental plant for both amateur and experienced growers. Especially when you are trying to decorate your home on a budget. Although it is perfectly safe to touch the betel nut; but if ingested, your kitten will burn his mouth and lips, vomit, and swell his mouth.
Crassula is a succulent plant that is easy to grow, bringing good luck and fortune to the owner. They are characterized by dark green leaves and thick, wood-like stems. There are several different cultivars, all of which belong to the Crassula family. Unfortunately, the jade plant is highly toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Causes symptoms such as vomiting, coma, depression, and loss of coordination if ingested.
6. Sansevieria trifasciata
Sansevieria trifasciata or tiger’s tail orchid is one of those plants that thrive in low light and can provide significant improvements to air quality. This has made it an extremely popular houseplant. However, according to the ASPCA reports, the plant is toxic to both cats and dogs and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested.
7. Cyclas Revuta
Cycas Revuta aka Cica or Sago Palm is a tropical houseplant that is suitable for the home and can do wonders for indoor air quality. Over thousands of years of growth, this plant retains a unique structure that is enough to make it a great addition to your garden.
However, through evolution, Cica has kept its protective compounds intact. And of course, these compounds make anyone who eats any part of the plant vomit; diarrhea; even liver failure, and death. You don’t want this to happen to your cat, do you?
8. Hedera helix (Ivy)
Oh, I love Ivy. Their small and green leaves create a very soothing feeling. And the best part is that they seem to be able to live in any weather. You plant a few branches of ivy in a small pot and hang it up.
After just a short time you will have an extremely beautiful natural coating. But you are forced to choose between the safety of your cats and the beauty of your home.
Because of this feature, it looks like an attractive snack to curious cats. When ingested, it can cause a range of symptoms including weakness, vomiting, throat swelling, profuse drooling, dermatitis, rash, and ataxia.
The beauty of the lily is synonymous with death for cats. Most branches of this flower (including the Tiger, Easter, Asiatic, and Japanese) cause negative bodily changes. Because of their high toxicity to cats, just a tiny bit of pollen or a small piece of its leaf can cause coma and vomiting within 12 hours of your cat ingesting it. If not treated promptly, your cat can develop kidney failure.
10. Oleander tree
This is a common plant and is favored in warm climates. But hidden behind its bright color and gentle appearance, the oleander will make anyone who eats it regret, including children. Severe digestive upset as well as many negative cardiovascular effects or most seriously lead to death for your cat.
11. Corn plant
The corn plant contains saponins, a substance known to be toxic to cats. After digesting plant parts for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, symptoms such as increased salivation, vomiting (which may or may not include blood) will appear. If not detected in time, your cat will fall into a state of anorexia and depression.
12. Autumn Crocus
Another killer of cats’ health is hidden behind an extremely gentle appearance. The toxicity of the plant lies mainly in the delicate petals. When immediately after eating, your cat will experience an intense burning sensation in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, nervous excitement leading to incontinent behavior, seizures, liver and kidney damage, or even cardiac arrhythmias.
With the panics caused above, I’ll end this list with a potion that has the power to make your cat say goodbye to this life in no time. The succulent red berries that grow between the green foliage are really hard to resist. But it is a visual trick because they contain toxic substances that are enough to cause death for your cat. Please keep our little friend away from this plant.
There will be plenty of plants that are unsafe for cats, and my list doesn’t reflect that. Once you’ve decided to let your cat out in the garden, make sure to remove all the plants that are harmful to them. Or you can replace them with other plants that are safe for four-legged friends.
Remember that for yourself and your cat!
Thanks for reading!