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.
- 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
- Most species of ferns
- Giant Aster
- Bamboo Palm
- Friendship Plant
- Dwarf Palm
- 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