Common indoor plants and cut flowers toxic to cats.

Before you buy that bouquet or plant it is a good idea to consider what may be toxic to your cat(s). A good florist will be able to design a great cat friendly bouquet for you if asked. When buying a pre-made bouquet or plant here is a list of commonly used flowers you should avoid bringing into your house. A healthy cat is a happy cat.

This brief list of indoor flowers should not be considered complete. For a detailed list please consult your Veterinarian. If any of these plants are ingested consult your local Veterinarian or 24-hour emergency animal hospital.

PLANTS:                                             SYMPTOMS:

  • Mother n Law Plant           Diarrhea, vomiting and excessive drooling
  • Tulip                                     Although the bulb is the most toxic you should still look for upset
  •                                                stomach, excessive drooling and Diarrhea.
  • Lilly                                        Almost all varieties of Lilly’s are highly toxic to cats leading to death.
  • Bird of Paradise                   Upset stomach, tiredness, vomiting.
  • Daffodil                                 Stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Baby’s Breath                      Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and a general feeling of malaise.
  • Tiger Lily                               Highly toxic leading to death
  • Lily of the Valley                  Highly toxic leading to death
  • Stargazer Lily                       Highly toxic leading to death
  • Palm Lily                               Highly toxic leading to death
  • Easter Lily                             Highly toxic leading to death
  • Iris                                          Excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dieffenbachia Plant             Excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Amaryllis                               Stomach Pain, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Holly                                       Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Poinsettia                               Vomiting, diarrhea and drooling
  • Aloe Vera Plant                     Vomiting, excessive drooling and lethargy

 

 

Some great alternatives for a safe indoor plant environment for your cat(s) are:

  • African Violets
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Most species of ferns
  • Daisy
  • Alstromeria
  • Bamboo
  • Giant Aster
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Friendship Plant
  • Dwarf Palm
  • Snapdragons
  • Gerbera Daisy

This short list is meant only as a guide. For a more complete list of cat friendly cut flowers and indoor plants refer to your local Veterinarian or a florist. A healthy cat is a happy cat.

Although the above listed plants are considered safe for felines it is always recommended to never let your cat chew on your plants. Some plants while safe can still cause some mild discomfort.

Although not to be considered complete the above was referenced from: ASPCA, Pet Poison Helpline